Job Vacancy - Electrical Maintenance Engineer

by Rapid Welding 13. January 2022 13:45

 

Electrical Maintenance Engineer at Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd

Location: Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire

Job Type: Electrical Maintenance Engineer

Working Hours: 43.5 Hours per Week Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1730 Friday 0800 to 1600 30 minutes paid lunch

Salary: Initially £23000.00 to £24500.00 depending on experience Bonus Scheme (subject to initial probation of 3 months)

Holiday: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory for business closure between Christmas & New Year)

Additional: Company clothing, PPE and tools supplied.

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Rapid Welding & Industrial Supplies Ltd have been in business for over 30 years and is one of the largest independent welding suppliers in the UK. From our Head Office in Portsmouth we ship welding plant and consumables, worldwide, on a daily basis whilst our Service Centre in Hedge End, Southampton provides factory trained service engineers to meet our customers requirements.

JOB OVERVIEW

An Electrical Maintenance Engineer is required for our busy, expanding, welding machine supply company and will be Based at our busy workshop at Hedge End, the focus will be:

· Servicing and repairing of welding and welding related equipment

· Visiting customers sites to carry out servicing/validation/repairs

· As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues

· On the job and manufacture training will be provided

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

· Electronics/Industrial Controls: 1 year (Required)

· Experienced in electronics / industrial controls. We can teach the electrical requirements for welding machines, so experience working with welding plant, whilst desirable, is not essential

· Welding plant: 1 year (Preferred)

· Minimum C grade in GCSE Maths & Science

· Qualifications in an electrical or mechanical discipline would be beneficial

· IT literate

· Calm under pressure

· Excellent communicator across all colleague levels

· The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service

· Driving licence required

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies@rapidwelding.com

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Job Vacancy - Accounts Ledger Assistant

by Rapid Welding 13. January 2022 13:20

Accounts Ledger Assistant

WORKING HOURS: 38.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0830 to 1730, Friday 0830 to 1600. 60 minutes lunch

SALARY: £18000.00 HOLIDAY: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas and New Year)

JOB OVERVIEW Experienced Accounts Ledger Clerk, preferably with Microsoft Navision experience, required for our busy, expanding company. Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be

• To assist Accounts Manager with the daily running of the accounts function within our business

• To include processing sales & purchase ledger entries, filing, scanning and general account office duties

• Resolve accounts/billing queries from customers • Assist with fraud prevention checks

• Credit control

• Data Entry

• As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues 

IDEAL CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

• Accounts/Ledger department experience essential, minimum 2 years

• ‘C’ grade GCSE in Mathematics and English Language

• IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) essential, Microsoft Navision a benefit

• Online payment processing i.e. Paypal, would be advantageous

• Export document experience would be beneficial

• Calm under pressure – strict deadlines to be met.

• Attention to detail & accuracy essential

• Excellent communicator across all colleague levels

• The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service

• Discretion – as this role includes access to sensitive business and personal information, a high level of integrity and confidentiality is essential.

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies@rapidwelding.com

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Kemppi SuperSnake GTX: The Ultimate Distance Wire Feeding System

by Rapid Welding 29. November 2021 14:08

 

Lift it. Drag it. Pull it: The Kemppi SuperSnake GTX is the ultimate distance wire feeding system for those hard-to-reach welding sites. 

Providing an alternative to the motorized push-pull welding guns with limited reach, or heavy wire feeders with extended cable sets, the SuperSnake GTX features 10/15/20/25 metre cable package options and trouble free, automatic wire loading up to 30 meters from the primary wire feeder.

 

POWERFUL AND DURABLE WIRE FEED MECHANISM

As you would expect from Kemppi, the SuperSnake GTX brings better welding quality, improved power regulation and a whole host of other great features. 

USERBILITY Easy local control is achieved via the User interface, putting parameter adjustment, voltage control and general fine tuning at the welder’s fingertips. Large rubber control knobs allow for accurate adjustments to be made, and the clear metre display is easy to read in all light conditions and environments. 

THE PACKAGE The strong yet compact metal protection frame secures and supports the cables, connectors, and hoses, and can be easily opened for fast cable package management. The protection frame can also be used for suspending and hanging the SuperSnake GTX above the work area.SAFETY

The safety lock ON/OFF switch prevents welding with the primary welding system powered on; a valuable safety feature during rest breaks or moving welding locations.

 

For more information on the Kemppi SuperSnake GTX, contact Rapid Welding by telephone: +44 (0)2392 214 214 or email: webenquiries@rapidwelding.com

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Vacancy - Accounts Ledger Assistant

by Rapid Welding 11. November 2021 14:50

Accounts Ledger Assistant

WORKING HOURS: 38.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0830 to 1730, Friday 0830 to 1600. 60 minutes lunch

SALARY: £18000.00

HOLIDAY: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas and New Year)

JOB OVERVIEW

Experienced Accounts Ledger Clerks preferably with Microsoft Navision experience required for our busy, expanding company.

Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be

• To assist Accounts Administrator with the daily running of the accounts function within our business.

• To include processing sales & purchase ledger entries, filing, scanning and general account office duties

• Resolve accounts/billing queries from customers

• Bank Reconciliation

• Assist with fraud prevention checks

• Credit control

• Data Entry

• As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.

IDEAL CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

• Accounts/Ledger department experience essential, minimum 2 years.

• ‘C’ grade GCSE in Mathematics and English Language

• IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) essential, Microsoft Navision a benefit

• Online payment processing i.e. Paypal, Amazon, Ebay, Sagepay, would be advantageous

• Export document experience would be beneficial

• Calm under pressure – strict deadlines to be met.

• Attention to detail & accuracy essential.

• Excellent communicator across all colleague levels.

• The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service.

• Discretion – as this role includes access to sensitive business and personal information, a high level of integrity and confidentiality is essential.

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies2@rapidwelding.com

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Rapid is now a member of the Troy UK buying group!

by Rapid Welding 3. August 2021 18:03

We can't resist sharing our big news…


We are excited to announce that we are now a member of the Troy buying group!

As the largest independent welding distributor on the South Coast, Rapid were delighted to accept Troy UK’s invitation. We believe their vision, “To build a better future for independent distributors of industrial supplies”,  will enable us to supply our customers with an extended and more competitive offering.

Troy UK’s aim is to do this by “working in partnership with market-leading manufacturers and specialist suppliers to ensure you have high-quality products at highly competitive prices – and all the services you need to get them in front of the right customers.” 

This means we now have access to more than 300+ additional suppliers and leading manufacturers with great brands and huge ranges to choose from!

 

We'll also have access to exclusive products and it'll be even easier to source high quality products for you, even if you're looking for highly specialised tools and equipment, giving you more choice at more competitive pricing.

As we move forward with this partnership, every three months we will have a new ‘Trader’ online magazine to share with you on our website, with irresistible special offers and promotions,  all available to purchase from Rapid online.

Welcome to the Rapid Experience! 

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We're Hiring! - Sales Office Support

by Rapid Welding 16. July 2021 12:09

We're looking for a dedicated SALES OFFICE SUPPORT person. 

🔴  Are you in the Hampshire area and want to be become part of the Rapid Experience?

🔴  Are you looking to get into industrial sales?

🔴 When our customers contact Rapid they want answers and solutions. Could you be the person to provide this and give them a fabulous Rapid Service

  Based in Portsmouth (but with the potential for customer facing opportunities), the role requires a reliable and driven individual with a welding/engineering background. If you are customer focused, team player with great communication and IT skills and are keen to bring new products to market, we would love to hear from you.

Please send your details to vacancies@rapidwelding.com. 

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Lincoln Electric UK Announce Their New Women in Welding Ambassadors

by Rapid Welding 8. July 2021 14:52

Last year, as part of our Focus on ‘Women in Welding’, we had the pleasure of speaking with Ruth Amos who, as well as being an inventor and successful entrepreneur, is also well known as Co-Creator of the amazing “Kids Invent Stuff” YouTube channel. She is also a keen welder, and for a number of years has worked closely with Lincoln Electric UK as a ‘Women in Welding’ Ambassador.

Women in Welding is a fantastic campaign aimed at attracting more female interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). The concept, which Lincoln began in the early 1940’s by hosting welder training events for women, celebrates women’s achievements and raises awareness against bias within the industry.   

Lincoln Electric UK celebrates International Women’s Day by announcing their new Women in Welding Ambassadors

To coincide with International Women’s Day, Lincoln Electric UK have embarked on another Women in Welding Campaign by announcing four exciting additions to their team of ambassadors, chosen not only because of their dedication to hard work and ‘boundary breaking’ attitudes, but because they aren’t afraid to be unique. Together they aim to inspire the next generation of budding female welders, and we were lucky enough to grab a spare minute with these busy ladies for a little Q&A. 

Chelsea McShane

How it all started

In 2019 I enrolled in a 12-month NVQ level 2 fab/weld course and completed it in 5 months. During this time I applied for an apprenticeship with a company called Wood, and I was offered the job.  I was so happy to be given the opportunity and I have been there for 16 months so far. 

Why welding? 

My main reason for getting into the industry was because growing up I watched my dad do manual labour jobs and I always wanted to be like him - I would always help around the house or garden with whatever my dad was doing. After moving back to my parents’ house after 7 years of having my own place, I finally had the support to do something/anything I wanted. This was the opportunity of a lifetime for me, so as I said, I did my NVQ level 2 and then started my apprenticeship. I had a male friend who would send me videos of his work as a welder, and it amazed me. I wanted to do it myself. I thought, what have I got to lose? So, I went for it! The best thing I’ve ever done was to follow a career path that was not classed as a ‘female’ job, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

What other people say 

Whenever someone asks me what I work as and I reply, “I’m training to be a welder/fabricator”, they look at me strange and reply with “what? Really?”  Each time this makes me laugh, because I think a person can do any job they put their mind to. My work colleagues have been great with me and have always looked out for me. My parents have been an amazing support bubble for me too; they know that I am the type of person to go out and get what I want and try my hardest to get it. 

If someone asked me if they should go into welding/fabricating then I would say, if it’s what you really want to do then go for it, you have nothing to lose and you’re only here once. Male or female, never doubt yourself! Follow your instinct and dreams and any path you want. Only you can go and get it all! 

Follow Chelsea  https://www.instagram.com/the_welding_princess/

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Chelsea Griffin  

 

How it all started

I was encouraged to join the industry through a friend I met at church. It was not something I was expecting, but it was quite nice to have someone who realised that I am not the typical girl who wanted the usual feminine jobs. When my friend asked me if I knew about the sector, I had no idea, because it wasn't something that was mentioned during my school years. Engineering was just for boys, or so I thought …. 

I would advise women to investigate this career or as a hobby by contacting their nearest colleges that offer fabrication and welding courses, because that’s a starting point and they’re good courses that offer an insight into the sector. Welding can be very artistic, so it is worth enquiring if you are interested in being creative.  

 

Why Welding? 

Welding and being part of the initiative to encourage more females is important to me because I feel like many people do not realise how good the industry is, or that it is not just for men. Women can do the job just as well as men. My favourite part of the job is when I complete a full job with my fitter and it passes all the relevant testing that is required in my line of work, such as an x-ray, because it helps me reflect on my efforts and where I can improve. 

 

What other people say 

Since being in the industry I have faced multiple challenges from men. For example, I have faced the misogynistic view that women belong in the kitchen, or that I should have been at home with my children and be a housewife. I have constantly had to prove myself that I can do the job as well as the males I did my apprenticeship with.  I have had many friends express general shock that I am in this industry, because they often give off a negative opinion about how it is a male job, which is dirty. They feel you can’t progress or be proud of your work. I enjoy this type of debate though because it is often friendly, and it gives me more of an insight on how I can tackle this view by being a Women in Welding ambassador. 

 

Follow Chelsea - https://www.instagram.com/ladywelder91/

 

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Mollie Leach

 

How it all started

I would advise any woman with even a slight thought of coming into the industry to just do it! If you don’t really know where to start or don’t know much, the best advice I can give is watch videos, read blogs, follow social media pages and try and make connections with people in the industry. Speak to them, let them tell you about their experiences and what potential paths there are available to go down. If possible, try a taster of welding. There are lots of colleges that offer courses, so give it a go and see if it’s something you enjoy. Never ever shy away from an opportunity just because someone says you might not be able to do it. What I’ve learnt is that you’ve always got to have enough belief in yourself so that, even if you fail, you will always be okay. Even if you fail at aiming for the top and it doesn’t work out, you’ll never hit the bottom because you’ve already passed that point.

Why welding?

Welding is important to me as it pushes and defies the usual standards for young women and girls, like myself. It’s important as it teaches you to be independent, deal with real life difficult situations where you have to make informed decisions and do with full confidence in yourself. It’s also important as it’s breaking down the hurdles that for past women were in the way, making room for younger generations to come through and be heard and seen and showcase their talents. It’s important as it pushes me to be brave and trust that what I’m doing is good enough, that I’m worthy to be in this industry just as much as anyone else. It’s important as it challenges me and forces me to really think; think of new ways to do things and learn new skills that can push myself and my career further.

I think the best part of my job is learning. I’ve always been a person who loves to learn new things and see new things, and over the past 3 years I’ve done just that. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing people who have taught me so much and have always been there to help when I need it. In the welding industry it’s very rarely ‘same old, same old’, there’s always something exciting going on around you and there’s always something new to learn. I think that’s why I’ve enjoyed it so much.


What People Say

Don’t listen to what anyone else is saying! if it’s something you really want to do, then absolutely do it! I have such supportive and amazing people around me that nothing has ever really come as a surprise to them what I get up to in my life. I’ve never really conformed to the usual standards for girls or picked very “girly” things to do in life, so when I told my family I’d gotten an apprenticeship in welding they were absolutely over the moon for me. I couldn’t have asked for any more encouragement and support if I tried and, if I’m honest, I think they like telling people what my job is and speaking about it more than me! As for my friends, our worlds could not be further apart with regards to career choices, however all of them have been so incredibly supportive and even though they don’t really understand what I do each day, they’ve always been my biggest supporters and helped me in any way they can. 

Anyone who works in this industry knows that it has its challenges and knows it is not always plain sailing. Sometimes you do face difficult people. For the most part throughout my apprenticeship, I have been surrounded by amazing and supportive men and women who have really helped me in my journey and believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. However there have also been some situations in which men have decided to take it upon themselves to make degrading, sexist and stereotypical comments. When I hear men say to me “you shouldn’t be here because you’re a girl”, “what does your dad think of you being here?”, “did you not want to do hairdressing or nails for a career?”, it hurts quite a lot.  I always just look at them and wish they could hear themselves through my ears. Perhaps then they would realise how degrading they sound and how much it can knock your confidence. It’s taken me a long time to learn how to deal with these sorts of people, however now I just use it as motivation. No one should ever have to go to work and feel like they aren’t good enough, just because of their gender.

 

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Mikala Eade

 

Why welding?

The best part of being a welder is completing a job and then seeing it on a real-life building, such as Whitechapel Station in London and The Albion Football Centre in Brighton!

What other people say

My family, friends and college lecturers have all been so supportive throughout my choice. Encouraging young woman into an engineering career is now important to me too, because I know how daunting it can be. It is often seen as a 'man’s job', which is a stereotype that needs to change. I’ve heard it all, comments such as 'you don’t look like a welder', 'you can’t weld with them nails', 'you shouldn’t be in a man’s job' …. These are challenges I’ve had to overcome. I was the only woman on my welding course for all 5 years and I’m now the only female in my workplace, but I couldn’t be happier. The guys I work with and go to college with are lovely and have helped me so much. I’ve definitely made friends for life!

The advice I would give to other woman thinking about going into engineering is to go for it! It sounds so cheesy, but you won’t regret it!
 

Follow Mikala: https://www.instagram.com/mikalaeademetalwork/

 

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Vacancy - Dispatch Warehouse Operative

by Rapid Welding 7. October 2020 12:13

Dispatch Warehouse Operative

WORKING HOURS: 43.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0800 to 1730, Friday 0800 to 1600. You must also have the flexibility to work extra hours. 30 minutes paid lunch

SALARY: £20858.24 pa including paid lunch.

HOLIDAY: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas and New Year)

** Candidates MUST have a Full Driving Licence, you will be based at the warehouse and will provide cover for fellow stores people / delivery drivers when required **

JOB OVERVIEW

We have a fantastic new job opportunity for a Dispatch Warehouse Operative

Successful candidates will predominately work as a Dispatch Warehouse Operative and overflow delivery driver. You will also provide holiday relief cover for stores colleagues. You will need to have a Full Driving Licence and the flexibility to go out on deliveries at short notice.

Working as the Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will work within a team to ensure that all goods are put away correctly, and orders are picked, checked, and dispatched correctly.

As a Dispatch Warehouse Operative you will support the smooth running of the warehouse and be responsible for preparing paperwork, to deadlines, to support courier deliveries

You should have excellent time management skills and customer service skills, as you will be required to serve on the trade counter while meeting daily deadlines.

DUTIES

Dispatch Warehouse Operative duties and responsibilities include:

  • The correct receiving and putting away of supplier deliveries.
  • The correct picking, checking and packing of sales orders.
  • Completing any relevant documentation required for national and international deliveries.
  • Working in a timely and efficient manner, complying with customer deadlines.
  • Picking up on any overflow deliveries.
  • Serving customers on the Trade Counter.
  • Assisting drivers with the loading of vehicles when necessary.
IDEAL CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS 
  • Good level of computer literacy. 
  • Full driving licence
  • Anticipate, respond to and seek to exceed the expectations of existing and potential customers
  • Show support for business values and demonstrate a high level of honesty and integrity
  • Respond positively to changing business circumstances and readily adapt behaviour to maintain effective performance
  • Be able to work in a well-structured manner with strong organisational skills
  • Ensure tasks are completed by set timescales, accurately and with an attention to detail
  • Build and maintain good working relationships, able to communicate effectively with all internal and external stakeholders 
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • An industrial warehousing background although this is not essential
A current forklift licence would be advantageous but this is not essential.

HOW TO APPLY 
 
To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies1@rapidwelding.com

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Vacancy - Accounts Ledger Assistant

by Rapid Welding 7. October 2020 11:51

 

Accounts Ledger Assistant


WORKING HOURS: 38.5 Hours per Week, Monday to Thursday 0830 to 1730, Friday 0830 to 1600. 60 minutes lunch 

SALARY: £18000.00

HOLIDAY: 20 paid days per year + bank holidays (Some leave mandatory to cover period business is closed between Christmas and New Year)

JOB OVERVIEW

Experienced Accounts Ledger Clerks preferably with Microsoft Navision experience required for our busy, expanding company.

Based in our Portchester head office, the focus will be:

  • To assist Accounts Administrator with the daily running of the accounts function within our business.
  • To include processing sales & purchase ledger entries, filing, scanning and general account office duties
  • Resolve accounts/billing queries from customers
  • Assist with fraud prevention checks
  • Credit control
  • Data Entry
  • As part of a small team there is a general level of additional support required for your colleagues.

IDEAL CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Accounts/Ledger department experience essential, minimum 2 years.
  • ‘C’ grade GCSE in Mathematics and English Language
  • IT literate including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) essential, Microsoft Navision a benefit
  • Online payment processing i.e. Paypal, would be advantageous
  • Export document experience would be beneficial
  • Calm under pressure – strict deadlines to be met.
  • Attention to detail & accuracy essential.
  • Excellent communicator across all colleague levels.
  • The role will be fast-paced and challenging therefore you must have an adaptable and flexible attitude and approach, be prepared to work alongside your team and be driven to achieve a high level of service.
  • Discretion – as this role includes access to sensitive business and personal information, a high level of integrity and confidentiality is essential.

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered for this job vacancy, please submit your CV to vacancies2@rapidwelding.com

 

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Rapid’s New Sticker Collection Coming Soon!

by Rapid Welding 17. September 2020 12:06

Rapid’s New Sticker Collection Coming Soon!

Rapid are excited to announce that we will soon be releasing our very own sticker collection!

A cool addition to our own merchandise, we know that welders love to be creative and have seen a trend of personalising welding equipment, from customised helmets and machines to workshops and vans or trucks.

We are therefore thrilled to be offering something unique for our Rapid customers!

Here’s a sneak preview of one of our stickers in the 4 piece collection!

Available soon!

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