Artisan Fitter

Job Description

A love for the sea and passion for fishing are the driving forces behind I&J, a leading fishing company and manufacturer of high quality chilled and frozen foods. Almost 110 years old, I&J is the trusted name in seafood, operating a modern and efficient trawler fleet, and continually investing in the training and development of experienced fishing crews, committed to fishing responsibly, with a long-term vision. I&J has achieved and maintained accreditation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) since 2004.

I&J is a globally respected supplier of high quality, chilled and frozen Cape Hake and a leading producer of farmed Cape Abalone. It is also one of AVI’s great South African brands. I&J is proudly South African and invests in, and empowers, the communities in which it operates.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Artisan Fitter at I&J, Cape Town. The Individual will be responsible to assist and provide efficient administrative support.  The successful incumbent will be required to work under pressure, unsupervised and must be willing to work on standby and occasionally overtime as and when required. This role will be required to work on a rotational shift system which may include night shift from time to time.

Line Manager: Head of Production 




  • Monitor machine performance
  • Performing daily checks and routine inspections on equipment and reporting/repairing faults
  • Coordinate preventative maintenance activities
  • Attending to equipment breakdowns and identifying mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic faults on equipment
  • Minimise and reduce engineering out maintenance


  • Execute maintenance strategies per specific area for division
  • Schedule compliance with job cards etc. manually completed
  • Execute jobs allocated via job cards during shutdown

Cost Control:

  • Immediately report on defective or machinery that requires attention to avoid massive costs
  • Manage the cost of materials, time and labour effectively


  • Ensure skills transfer
  • Compliance to own training matrix
  • Achieve output as set out in KPD’s


  • Perform risk assessments and critical equipment for every job
  • Management of loss of work, ensure kept extremely to the minimum. Assist with Shutdown planning and execute
  • Ensure compliance to lock out procedure and permit to work



  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as a Fitter in a Food Processing or similar environment


  • NQF 4 or Equivalent
  • Fitter Qualification


  • Understanding of the operation and maintenance of the following:
    • Food Processing equipment ie. Baader, Marel, Trio etc
    • Pneumatics
    • Hydraulics
    • Basic understanding of electrical circuits
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Bagging and sealing machine experience and knowledge
  • Sealing and Multi Head exposure


  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Working with People
  • Applying expertise and Technology
  • Planning and Organising
  • Following instructions and Procedures

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