Job Description: 

We require a candidate that will become qualified and complement our team of engineers. The role requires an individual with a strong hydraulics and systems engineering background. The right candidate will develop good knowledge of hydraulic systems and the ability to work on hydraulic systems across a wide range of industrial markets predominantly in the UK.

The role:

  • Working in house and on site to suit business needs
  • Hydraulic power unit and systems assembly
  • Hydraulic pipework manufacture and assembly
  • Testing of finished components
  • In House hydraulic repair work on a variety of components including hydraulic cylinder repair
  • A knowledge of general fabrication and welding (TIG and MIG) would be an advantage but not essential
  • A knowledge of electrical control systems and Programmable Logic Controller’s would be an advantage but not essential
  • On site service and installation work throughout the UK
  • Observe and adhere to company health and safety guidelines and contribute to a healthy and safe working environment.

Flexible approach to work in house or on customer premises throughout the UK, sometimes at short notice, to suit customer needs. Short spells away from home are to be expected.

Personal qualities the candidate must have:

  • Team player, but willing to accept responsibility
  • Positive attitude, enthusiastic and honest 
  • Highly motivated and uses initiative 
  • Co-operative and helpful at all times 
  • Able to participate in a successful, committed and highly motivated team 
  • Valid UK driving license (mandatory).

Skills required:

  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to organise own workspace 
  • Ability to prioritise tasks effectively
  • Strong colleague/ customer /subcontractor interfacing skills 
  • Willing to take on challenging assignments.


  • Interested in developing an understanding of the fundamentals of hydraulics, pneumatics, pumps, valves, cylinders and their applications  
  • Ability to interpret hydraulic schematic drawings
  • Relevant technical qualification 
  • Ability to engage with customers in a pressured environment 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite.

Employer description:

Established in 1976 as Hedley Hydraulics, the company started out as a system and component supplier to the UK steelwork industry and machine tool manufacturers.

The last 40 years have seen major changes across both industry and technology which have meant exciting times for Hedley. We’ve always been an innovative company, adapting and evolving to the needs of our customers and this is reflected in the diverse range of projects we have worked on. These have included a helicopter ‘Ship Simulation Deck landing pad’, the Gloucester swing bridge and the Royal Opera house hydraulic stage set.

Things to consider:

During the first year you will be required to attend the University of Sheffield AMRC Training Centre in Sheffield, full time for an initial block of study. One Friday per month you will return to your workplace.

After the initial  block training you will attend the AMRC Training Centre for one day a week to undertake the knowledge study. The remaining four days will be spent in company learning on the job.

Qualification Requirements:

Advanced Apprenticeships entry requirements
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 to 9 (or equivalent), including mathematics, English and a science, technology or engineering-related subject. Applicants are also required to pass an assessment at the AMRC Training Centre before being offered a place on an apprenticeship.