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Land based service engineer Apprentice GRASSTEX LTD

Grasstex undertake routine maintenance and repairs to our ground care equipment. Based in our fully equipped workshops the mechanic plays a crucial role in keeping the business operating at optimum capacity. We operate a modern fleet of vehicles, and work includes repairs ranging from oil changes, tyre fitting to complete engine overhauls.

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Closing date: 31 Aug 2022

Apprenticeship summary

  • Annual wage


    Employees are paid every two weeks.

  • Working week

    07.00 to 16.00, Monday to Fridays The applicant could start employment from 1.08.22

    Total hours per week: 40

  • Expected duration

    18 Months

  • Possible start date

    01 Sep 2022

  • Date posted

    18 Jul 2022

  • Apprenticeship level

    Level 2 (GCSE)

  • Reference number


  • Positions

    1 available

What will the apprentice be doing?

Duties will include but not limited to

-          Carry out oil and lubricant checks on plant

-          Undertake oil and fluid changes

-          Blade & belt changes

-          Tyre changing & repair

-          Fault diagnosis and investigation

-          Parts stocking and ordering

-          Record keeping

-          Washing and parking of plant

-          Undertake routine servicing of plant

-          Learning how to operate plant.

What training will the apprentice take and what qualification will the apprentice get at the end?

Land Based Service Engineers will typically work on the employer's premises under supervision and where appropriate and safe to do so work on their own initiative.

They work on a diverse range of tasks and machinery, plant and equipment specific to their sector within the land-based engineering industry.

For example this could include:

Preparation of new and second-hand machinery for sale or hire
Pre-delivery inspection of machinery carried out in accordance with manufacturer’s and employer’s procedures
Performing routine service and maintenance operations in accordance with manufacturer’s schedules and employer’s instructions
The preparation of equipment for repair for example, cleaning, dismantling and reassembly of machinery and their component parts, this may be carried out under supervision or in accordance with procedures or written briefs
Conducting routine machine operation and systems testing.
Handing over machinery plant and equipment to the control and use of others in the workplace. For example a senior technician
These operations typically take place under the supervision of a senior technician in the workplace or on the customer’s site, in which case work may be undertaken outdoors. The nature of the job role presents challenges ranging from routine maintenance to the repair of elementary mechanical faults. This requires a diverse blend of skills, industry underpinning knowledge and the disciplines required for environmental and safe working practice.

Environmental, safe working and legal requirements
Use of specialist tools and equipment
Thermally and chemically joining metals and components
Advanced technical and engineering principles of land-based engineering machinery, plant and equipment
Service, maintenance and repair principles and practices for complex machinery, plant and equipment
Accessing, interpreting and applying technical data
Diagnosing faults and verifying machinery.

What is the expected career progression after this apprenticeship?

Possibility of full-time employment upon completion of apprenticeship.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills and personal qualities

Communication skills, Attention to detail, Problem solving skills, Team working, Patience


GCSE or equivalent English (Grade C/4) Desired
GCSE or equivalent Maths (Grade C/4) Desired

Things to consider

Our depot is located in a semi-rural location so own transport or ability to get to depot is essential.

About the employer

Grasstex was founded in 1962 by the late Richard Conway, the company is now owned by Richard Conway Jnr who is also the current Managing Director. Grasstex undertake Grounds Maintenance & Landscaping for local authorities, Parish Councils and property management companies. Grasstex also undertake sports pitch renovation and construction works for sports clubs. Based just outside Horsham, Grasstex operate from our depot where we run a fleet of various machinery to deliver our works. Grasstex own and operate a wide range of machinery ranging from 150+HP tractors, large and small ride on mowers, excavators & telehandlers as well as a wide range of implements. Grasstex delivers the West Sussex County Council highways vegetation works, Public right of way works on behalf of Kent County Council, routine grounds maintenance on behalf of around 20 parish councils. Grasstex have our own fully equipped workshops and service vans to undertake in house repairs & maintenance and currently employ one fitter.







RH12 3AS

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Apprenticeship standard

Land-based service engineer

Level 2 (GCSE)

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