Monthly Archives: July 2019

Join the W.A Cooke & Sons team!

Category : General

W.A Cooke & Sons are currently recruiting for an experienced Mechanical Fitter to work with our Site Services division. See the below for more information on the role.

Overview / Responsibilities

W.A Cooke & Sons (Site Services) Ltd is recruiting for a Mechanical Fitter. This role is predominantly remote, however is based out of the Manchester factory in Worsley. The role requires a large number of days working across the country and direct communication with company customers and other trades.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Providing a wide range of practical mechanical skills, serving the water treatment industry. Including fitting, refurbishment, pipework, surveying and general mechanical maintenance.
  • Working to engineering drawings to a high level of accuracy to ensure components are installed and set out accurately.
  • Working safely, in accordance with risk assessments and permit to work systems
  • Ensuring your work complies with project documentation
  • Completion of tasks to time, cost and quality to meet both internal and external customer requirements
  • Safety should always be the first priority for any tasks undertaken.

The role is predominantly a Monday to Friday standard working week; however, there may be occasional requirements to work outside of these hours with advanced notice.

Skills / Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • CSCS green card as a minimum
  • NVQ or apprenticeship (or equivalent experience) completed in a relevant discipline
  • Desirable – PASMA, EUSR Water Hygiene, Confined Space, Abrasive Wheels, Manual Handling
  • Desirable – Telehandler, MEWP, Slinger Signaller
  • A strong commitment to safety
  • Competence in the use of a wide range of tools, including power tools such as grinders, drills and saws
  • Experience working with mechanical equipment, pipework, access steelwork, pumps and gearboxes
  • Experience of working in accordance with risk assessments and undertaking point of work risk assessments
  • Experience of working at height and with suspended loads
  • Experience in reading and working from detailed engineering drawings
  • Experience of hands-on mechanical fitting is essential, and applicants must have excellent practical skills and experience
  • Ability to work both unsupervised and as part of a team

Candidates with a variety of levels of experience will be considered and training will be provided as appropriate.


As well as exciting roles on projects in the UK and potentially abroad these are some of the additional benefits you can expect:

For you:

  • Regular overtime
  • Flexible working during local work
  • Company van with tools
  • Training and career development
  • 33 days annual leave including bank holidays
  • Workplace injury insurance

WAC – Position Available

WAC Company Party 2019

Category : General

On Friday 29th June, W.A Cooke & Sons held our annual company party.

Building on from last year we had a fantastic turnout with over 32 staff members joining us for the day. This included our Engineering, Site Services and Watermark Projects divisions from both our Manchester and Cambridgeshire sites.

Once again, Crown Green Bowling was the sport of choice. With teams picked, we took to the green.

In keeping with the ongoing World Cup, the early group stage offered some of the toughest games with there being no clear favourite throughout. So close was it in fact that 3 teams were eliminated on goal difference alone (with a 10-0 defeat proving key to one particular team Image result for gritted teeth emoji).

The quarter finals however left the victors of the group stage with little time to celebrate and quickly saw a further 4 teams knocked out of the running.

Following a well earned break for a nutritional boost of Pizza & Chips the remaining athletes made their way back to the green to determine the finalists. While all 4 teams proved that they deserved to have made it as far as they did, only two teams could make it to the final and an epic semi final saw the wheat separated from the chaff and the finalists decided.

FINALISTS – Michelle Knowles & Mark Exley VS Gav Herrington & Aaron Harris

With a hushed crowd the two teams took to the green.

With a whole year of being able to lord victory over the rest of the competitors at stake a cautious start was expected by all however, one team made the bold decision to break for victory straight out of the gate. Team Knowles & Exley played to their strength….that being Michelle’s ability to win all the points and carry her team to a clear and, frankly brutal, victory over team Herrington & Harris with a final score of 8-2.

Thanks to everyone for coming and making it a fantastic day!

Until next year sports fans…