Plumbing & Heating Maintenance Opportunities (Mechanical)

Various locations across Scotland
Starting salary up to £28,868 (this includes annual supplement of £3000), dependant on qualifications, skills and experience, with annual pay progression thereafter.
Closing date
06/07/2020, 12:00
All Hours required
Full-Time - 37 Hours

Looking for job security and a role with career progression opportunities? Working Monday to Friday plus occasional on-call and access to overtime; we provide all tools and PPE. In addition, you can access the following benefits (additional information with the attached Guidance for Applicants documents):

  • 34 days annual leave, increasing to 42 days after 5 years
  • Free gym and car parking
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contributions
  • Additional training and qualification opportunities may be available with full support and funding provided
  • Discounts at high street stores, supermarkets and restaurants

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is currently recruiting permanent Plumbing & Heating Maintenance Engineers to work within our prisons across Scotland. We currently have vacancies in the following locations: HMP Inverness and HMP Perth, however we will  consider applications for other locations across Scotland. You can access details of our Prison locations here.

Our Plumbing & Heating Maintenance Engineers provide a comprehensive repairs and maintenance service for all mechanical systems and plant, for example plumbing, heating and ventilation systems. We will invest in your development to allow you to learn and apply new skills which can include development into management roles.

Please note that there will be a requirement to periodically work on call hours.

Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check and a pre-employment medical assessment to determine suitability for role.

The safety and wellbeing of those living and working in our prisons is a priority for the SPS. We are continuing to recruit for essential roles, and the recruitment process will be facilitated online and where required, virtually. Therefore, if progressing to the interview stage, you will not need to attend an SPS premises to attend your interview.

Undertake reactive and planned maintenance and minor installation works throughout the establishment as instructed to all mechanical plant, equipment and systems.
Maintain a safe and healthy working environment through regular checking and testing of mechanical appliances and installations in accordance with relevant legislation. Participating in an "on-call" rota for emergency repairs, providing area coverage when required.
To provide technical support and advice on plumbing, heating and ventilation issues to the Manager.
Identify and order replacement parts and equipment necessary for maintenance activities, in conjunction with the administrator.
Person Specification

SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Behavioural Competency Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are twelve, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them , you will be assessed on these identified as key to role.

Qualifications Requirements

Have completed a recognised apprenticeship in plumbing or heating and ventilation or mechanical engineering services.


Experience Requirements

Experience of plumbing and heating maintenance on industrial/commercial systems.


Experience of mechanical maintenance and repairs on other mechanical systems, for example ventilation systems and fire suppression.


Knowledge Skills Requirements

Flexible and adaptable with a willingness and ability to support on-call working arrangements.


Knowledge of Health and Safety requirements and relevant legislation.


Ability to work effectively with minimum supervision and as part of a


Good problem solving and fault finding abilities.


Vacancy Information Booklets:

This opportunity is closed to applications.