Mechanical engineering group, EnerMech, has opened a base in Bristol and plans to recruit up to 20 engineers in the next 18 months.
EnerMech is targeting the south west of England and south Wales in a recruitment drive to maintain an international expansion programme which has seen the firm grow to a workforce of 1000 only three years after start-up, with plans to add another 400 staff in the next year.
With oil and gas industry firms experiencing an ongoing skills shortage, EnerMech believes by tapping in to the rich industrial and engineering heritage of Bristol, Avon and South Wales, that it can attract vital new engineering talent.
The first five engineers will join the company in early 2012 at the newly opened base at Bristol Business Park and chartered engineer John Truscott has been appointed engineering manager and will oversee operations.
EnerMech provides a range of engineering services to the global oil and gas industry, including cranes, lifting, valves, hydraulic equipment, equipment rental and training provision.
Headquartered in Aberdeen, the company has bases in Great Yarmouth, Norway, UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Africa, USA and Australia, and has a number of acquisitions planned in 2012 in Asia and Africa.
EnerMech UK Country Manager, Stuart Smith, said: “Engineering competence and technical capability have been key to EnerMech’s success and forms the foundations of its future.
“To continue to grow and extend our international footprint, it’s important the company attracts the right kind of engineering talent. Bristol was chosen due to its connection with a number of engineering industries, its heritage and its catchment area remote from Aberdeen where we have a skills shortage in key disciplines.
“We are in the process of hiring five engineers to kick start the Bristol facility and envisage that will grow to around 20 within the first 18 months. Once the engineering capability and capacity is proven, the Bristol base will grow organically and make an important contribution to the future of the company.”