Apprenticeship Program - Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting


Athy, IE

An introduction to Etex

At Etex, our purpose is to inspire new ways of living. By joining Etex, you won’t just be joining an international leader, you will inspire people around the world to build living spaces that are ever safer, more sustainable, smarter and beautiful. You’ll be joining a company who wants to inspire change.

We are committed to making a positive human impact on the world. In return, we’ll reward you by investing in your development and your personal well-being. Whilst our core values help us develop those effective and sustainable lightweight solutions we’re known for, it’s our people that matter most!

Our diverse and inclusive workforce always strives for excellence. We have over 100 years of experience manufacturing high-performance building solutions. Etex is a company that is committed to success - and when you join us, we’ll be committed to you.


About the role

The successful apprentice will train for a period of four years combining practical industrial experience and Solas run academic training to become fully qualified in Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting, reporting to the Maintenance Manager. This position is located in Athy, Co Kildare.  The successful candidate profile is listed below and interested applicants are invited to apply now!


Main duties and responsibilities include (but not limited to):

By the end of your training, you will be able to:


  • Work with drilling and milling machines and welding plants.
  • Work with a variety of specialised tools such as lathes, milling machines and grinders.
  • Install, service, maintain, and rectify faults of machine tools, power and production equipment.
  • Dismantle, repair or make and fit new parts when performing plant maintenance.
  • Monitor conditions using modern maintenance techniques.
  • Write reports of completed repairs.
  • Interpret technical drawings and diagrams.


Candidate Profile:

  • Demonstrated ability to work safely.
  • Candidate must be 16 years or over.
  • Genuine interest in Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting.
  • Grade O6 or higher in 5 subjects at Leaving Certificate level.
  • Be willing to learn new skills / processes as requested by the company.
  • 2024 Leaving Certificate Students may apply*

(*Any offer of apprenticeship will be subject to Leaving Certificate results once received)


Work Location

Etex Ireland Ltd., Kilkenny Road, Athy, Co. Kildare, R14 VN84.

Additional travel may be required from time to time.

Please note: This role will be BASED ONSITE.


Why work with Etex?

At Etex, we might be leaders in modern, sustainable construction, but our people are our priority. We care about our teammates and they feel it. We are driven by a core set of values that permeates through everything we do. A passion for excellence drives us. Through dedication, innovation and adherence to the highest standards, we deliver the very best quality to our partners and customers. 

We connect and care about those around us. We nurture teamwork, communities, partnerships and new ways of working, placing the highest importance on the safety and working environment of our people. When we combine these two elements, we are able to pioneer to lead. We actively seek to outperform and act as a leader in our ever-changing sector. We harness the power of sustainable construction and take responsibility for the impact our people, our operations and our legacy make on the world.

We make a positive human impact – motivated by changing people’s lives, improving the future of our planet and over-delivering for our customers.

Etex is a place for people who want to inspire change and build inspiring ways of living.


What we offer

  • Career Development
  • Competitive Salary & Benefits.
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), includes FREE legal, financial, health & wellbeing advice through private advisory / counselling services and more… (100% Confidential)
  • Pension Plan
  • Performance Reviews
  • Bike to Work scheme
  • Free secure parking
  • Wellbeing events run throughout the year
  • Sports & Social Club


Our Social Responsibilities  

Etex has a clear commitment to help build a better, sustainable future. We work towards this vision by caring about our social and environmental impacts and working on innovative solutions for the building industry. 

Our ambition is to reduce negative effects and scale up positive impacts. We prioritise decarbonisation, including the use of renewable energy, as well as circularity, with a first focus on waste management.

We engage in a wide range of voluntary initiatives which offer support to local communities through partnerships and social projects. Our teammates know their local communities best, we are proud of the numerous projects and actions initiated around the world that are based on the awareness of their communities’ needs.


Commitment to diversity 

We’re incredibly proud of the community we’ve created at Etex. We form a global team of over 11,000 individuals from an enormous variety of backgrounds, races, faiths, and genders. Our diversity is our strength, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our teammates feel included and happy at work. 

If you require any additional support with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch so that we can make arrangements for you.

Good luck with your application 

As you have seen, our Teammates mean the world to us, they enable us to Inspire Ways of Living. If this role appeals to you, click apply now and discover how a career at Etex will help you learn, grow and lead. We look forward to hearing from you. 


Interested candidates can apply by submitting a detailed CV & Cover Letter by visiting our careers page at


Closing date for receipt of applications: 30th June 2024.