Hydraulic Technician

Kite Power Systems Ltd
30 Nov 2017
12 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Company Description Kite Power Systems Ltd (KPS) is a UK-based developer of disruptive, low-cost, wind energy technology whose main shareholders are E.ON, Schlumberger, Shell Technology Ventures and Scottish Enterprise. The KPS power system has two kites that are flown as high as 1,500 feet (450m); their tether is attached to a winch system that generates electricity as it spools out. By achieving flight speeds of up to 100mph (45m/s) in 20mph (9m/s) winds, the kite’s tether tension causes the line to rapidly spool out from a drum, which drives a generator producing electricity. The company is based in Glasgow with test facilities in the south-west of Scotland. Job Title Hydraulic Technician Location Based at Stranraer, but with regular travel to other KPS locations Salary A competitive basic salary will be offered, depending on experience. Start Date Immediately Job Description The Operations Team of KPS are looking for a suitably experienced hydraulics technician/fitter to support final assembly, commissioning and operational support of our ground breaking Aerial Wind Energy systems. Role and Responsibilities You will become the subject matter expert on the hydraulic systems of the wind generating equipment You will become the ‘go to’ person for practical, real world experience and best practise hydraulic engineering You will work alongside the Engineering team, jointly developing and implementing change and improvements to deliver reliability and availability of the overall system You will develop the appropriate Safe Systems of Work, in conjunction with the Operations Team You will become the Owner of hydraulic system upgrades, overhauls and planned expansion ensuring that documentation, RAMS, equipment and personnel are all available, as required. You will be trained to our Operational flight standard which includes working at height, manual handling, fire awareness, first aid and radio procedures, as well as the flight roles. Required Skills You will be a time served hydraulic fitter, supported by appropriate qualifications You will be operating at least at the level of Supervisor in regards experience, but still relish the hands on assembly, testing, fault finding and maintenance aspects You will have experience of fabrication, assembly, testing, commissioning and fault finding on industrial hydraulic equipment You will have a good understanding of associated mechanical, electrical and software control systems which form the overall hydraulic system You will be very familiar with hydraulic circuit diagrams and will be able to update (paper and ideally CAD) diagrams appropriately. You will enjoy working with ground breaking technology, using your experience to improve the systems You will have demonstrable experience of system testing including the development of, or input into the development of detailed test plans You will have experience in hydraulic accumulators, proportional valves and hydraulic motors, as these components are at the heart of our Product You will be an excellent communicator, both verbal and written and with a good attention to detail You will be a mentor to less experienced staff, training them on hydraulic systems and best safe practise You will have a good, demonstrable understanding of the regulations as they relate to pressure systems You will need to enjoy working outdoors, as the equipment will eventually be located in Scotland’s finest You will enjoy learning new skills and be keen to become a fully qualified kite flyer ! Lastly, you must be a team player, enjoy working in a small tight knit team and have a can-do positive attitude, wholly supporting the team in the overall objective of safe flight and safe power production Desired Skills You will be supported to develop your skills in areas such as Engineering, Project Management, CAD/CAM systems, as of interest to you and the Company Benefits 25 days annual leave per year, plus bank holidays Pensions scheme with up to 10% personal contribution Share Option Scheme