Swindon’s Bus Company on lookout for new mechanics 

By Barrie Hudson - 24 November 2020


Car mechanics have the chance of a new career with Swindon's Bus Company at its Barnfield Road depot.

  • Applicants need have no previous bus or HGV experience

    Applicants need have no previous bus or HGV experience

The bus operator is adding to its extensive purpose-built engineering department after increasing its services to pre-covid levels. 
Skilled car mechanics, who need have no previous experience as bus or HGV engineers, are invited to apply. 
Swindon’s Bus Company area engineering manager Steve Prewett said: “We are now operating our buses at full service levels, and have a fleet of 100 buses. 
"Our team of engineers works tirelessly to ensure they are safe and reliable, so it is important we have strength-in-depth.
“We have various roles available - from team leader to engineer. This is an excellent opportunity for those who may have lost their jobs during the pandemic. 
“Or perhaps they are currently working as motor mechanics locally, and are considering a change of career. In this case, we will put them through their training on full pay, until they are fully qualified to work on our buses. 
"We have a lean management approach here - which supports the concept of continuous improvement in order to increase efficiency and quality. 
“It’s a great opportunity to gain extra skills and experience, and to start an exciting new career within a close knit, well-supported, team. 
"We also have a lean management approach - with supports the concept of continuous improvement to increase efficiency and quality. 
“I’m delighted we’re in a position to be able to offer much-needed employment to local people, and I look forward to hearing from those wishing to join us."
He added: “Buses are an essential part of the future as Swindon needs to meet its Carbon Reduction Strategy.  We have invested heavily in 27 new British-built buses in the last three years with the latest Euro 6 engines, the cleanest standard for diesel.”
Swindon’s Bus Company engineer Lee Mason, 46, joined predecessor Thamesdown Transport in 1998.
He said: “I joined as a semi-skilled engineer, and then skilled-up to being a PCV technician by attending Accrington College for my NVQ.
“I got everything I needed here to enjoy a great career. I would definitely recommend a car mechanic friend to come and do the same. 
"It’s a chance to do something different and get more qualifications at the same time.”
Anyone interested in joining Swindon’s Bus Company as an engineer can visit swindonbus.co.uk for more details.

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