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General Maintenance Technician


If you are looking for an interesting role within general maintenance then we can offer you the opportunity to help maintain Brunel’s iconic ship the SS Great Britain, the original drydock and dockyard that she was built in, along with state of the art museum, conservation and visitor facilities.

For more information and an informal chat about the role, please contact Craig Fenlon on 07920 863 433.

We are Bristol’s leading Visitor Attraction, based on the historic Floating Harbour, preserving and showcasing one of the most important iconic ships in the world, whilst telling the story and legacy of one of the greatest engineers that ever lived.  We offer our employees the chance to help maintain our museums and associated buildings, so that future generations of visitors can discover and learn about both the SS Great Britain and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  By joining the crew you will learn new skills and gain knowledge, both historical and modern, whilst working to ensure the smooth running of our site to help maintain the level of excellence that we wish our visitors to experience.

What is it like to work here: With over 100 staff, more than 250 volunteers and approximately 200,000 visitors a year, our site is a busy and exciting place to work.  Undertaking a variety of daily routines to ensure the presentation and safety of the site, you will also work on varied projects whilst responding to reactive maintenance issues as they occur. With work needing to be undertaken in various areas including the Ship, dry dock and dockyard, our new state of the art Being Brunel Museum, various cafes and event spaces and the modern Brunel Institute, you can be assured of having a varied and interesting time working for the SS Great Britain Trust.

If you have a positive attitude, enjoy working with your hands and can demonstrate a logical and methodical approach to problem solving then you could be the person we are looking for.  Whether starting out on your first career path or considering a change to your current one we will give you the opportunity to learn new skills and develop existing ones.

Job Description

Reporting to: Technical Services Manager

Hours: 40 per week including weekend and bank holidays based on a rota system

Salary: £19,344

Department: Technical Services

Aim: The upkeep, security and maintenance of the ship, dry-dock and associated land, buildings and contents.

Main Tasks

  • Undertake daily preparation of site for visitors.
  • To ensure that all facilities and exhibits are operational and safe to use.
  • Deal with reactive maintenance issues professionally and promptly.
  • Ensure that planned scheduled maintenance is carried out in a timely fashion.
  • Always strive to improve standards and work towards deadlines.
  • Ensure that the site is left safe and secure at the close of business each day.


  1. To work with the rest of the Technical Services Team ensuring that exhibits, plant equipment and all visitor and staff facilities are maintained and presented to the highest standards.  This will be achieved through daily checks, agreed preventative maintenance, reactive repairs, as well as routine maintenance and involvement in new projects.
  2. To ensure that all tasks are carried out with due regard for the health and safety of work colleagues, volunteers and visitors and that the appropriate documentation is completed for hot works and working at height.
  3. To carry out routine tasks daily, following agreed procedures, working to ensure an excellent visitor experience, along with the safe operation of the site.
  4. To provide emergency and urgent response to any security, safety or operational need.   
  5. To take personal responsibility to ensure that tasks are completed promptly, always striving to improve standards.
  6. To co-operate with and assist any contractors employed by the trust.
  7. To co-operate, and interact positively, with volunteers and personnel from all departments.
  8. To maintain good personal presentation and to interact or assist visitors in a positive fashion when required.
  9. Any other tasks required by the Technical Services Manager.

Person specification

  • A methodical approach to problem solving.
  • A practical approach to repair and maintenance.
  • Ability to work to deadlines.
  • Well developed interpersonal communication skills.
  • Good team player and able to work alone if needed.
  • Experience of workshop skills would be advantageous, however in-house training will be provided.
  • An ability to demonstrate a level of competency in at least one of the following skills would be advantageous: electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, welding, metal working, painting, mechanical engineering. However in-house training will be provided.

Duty Hours & Personnel

  • 40 hours per week consisting of five 8-hour shifts with 1 unpaid hour for lunch worked Monday to Sunday between the hours of 07.00 and 1900.
  • Weekends and bank holidays will be worked on a rota basis within the 40 hour working week.
  • Shifts may be amended to cover emergency situations and to enable necessary works to take place outside normal opening hours.
  • Any agreed over-run of hours will be taken as time off in lieu.   
  • Duty hours can be changed by the ss GB Trust two days notice being given.
  • To be paid monthly by direct bank transfer on or about the 25th of each calendar month.                     
  • Leave 31 days pro rata. Including Bank Holidays

How to apply

Please visit our website and complete our application form. Completed applications forms should then be sent to