MIG Welders - Tyne and Wear

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Ref: 67 Date Posted: Monday 24 Oct 2022

The Role

On behalf of Komatsu UK we are looking for MIG Welders who have experience working to high standards in volume manufacturing, automotive or engineering environments.

Komatsu UK is part of the global Komatsu organisation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. A highly respected manufacturer and supplier of construction and mining equipment, Komatsu has been providing high-quality, reliable products for over 100 years. Komatsu UK has been based in Birtley, just outside Gateshead, for nearly 35 years and currently employs approximately 500 people.

Komatsu is a business that has a strong focus on employee development and corporate social responsibility, as well as building quality products. Successful candidates can expect excellent training and support in their role as well as further development opportunities in the future through a variety of internal competitions, projects and continuous improvement opportunities.

This is an ongoing, long term contract role and you will be directly employed by Komatsu UK


The Shifts

Working on a three-shift system, carrying a 20% shift premium…

Shift 1- 5.45 am – 2.00pm

Shift 2- 2.00 pm – 10.30pm

Shift 3- 10:30pm – 5:45am

Overtime is expected and you must be available to work overtime during the week and at the weekend. Overtime is paid at x 1.5 Mon-Sat and x2 Sunday.


The Salary and Benefits

A starting salary of £16.62 per hour/£31,978 per annum (including 20% shift allowance) is available with salary reviews every 6 months, that should lead up to £18.31 per hour/£35,247 per annum (including shift allowance) after 3 years.


Employees receive 39 days holiday over the year:

  • 26 Days annual leave
  • 8 Bank Holidays
  • An additional 5 days of leave that is accrued during the year based on the working hours above.

Additional benefits:

  • Company events and active sports and social club
  • Discounted canteen
  • Onsite Gym with subsidised membership fees
  • Onsite occupational health
  • Free on-site parking
  • We offer Wagestream - a money management app that gives you access to a percentage of your pay as you earn it.


About You

  • Ideally time served metal worker (Welding, Plating, or Sheet Metal Work)
  • Experience with MIG welding
  • Available and keen to work overtime when required
  • Be comfortable working from technical drawings


The Application Process

Applicants will need to pass a skills test along with a literacy and numeracy test.