Engineering Roles at CalX

CalX hires trainee, graduate and experienced engineers to fill engineering roles at CalX for our calibration and fuel verification services across Ireland. 

We provide tailored calibration management and instrumentation sales solutions to clients across Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Food, Dairy and Beverage, Manufacturing and Retail sectors in both Ireland and abroad. We are also the largest fuel verification service provider on the island of Ireland while also providing technical services to many pharmacies, hospitals and numerous types of companies and organisations nationwide.

What do our engineers do?

Our engineering roles at CalX involve:

• Providing calibrations & instrument maintenance to meet the needs of our customers and the business interests of CalX.
• Promoting CalX to existing and potential customers and assist growing the business.
• Assisting in the training of junior staff as and when required.
• Giving support to management and colleagues as and when required to meet the needs of our customers and that of the business.
• Assisting with our fuel verification services.
• Providing in-house calibrations.
• Maintaining and tracking test equipment calibration schedule.
• Reviewing all calibration certificates before being issued to our clients.
• Data entry on our calibration software.

Some of our engineers discussing their working day at CalX

Some of our engineers discuss how they started in Instrumentation.

What's a working week like for a CalX Engineer?

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Service Technician

Service Technicians are responsible for calibrating instruments for various customers throughout Ireland and on different sites every week. The work consists of testing and calibrating instruments for clients in sectors including Pharmaceutical, Medical Devices, Dairy, Manufacturing, Laboratory, and Hospitals. Work usually begins onsite at 8:00am and finishes at 4:30pm.

The service technician liaises with the service manager and clients onsite. A list of instruments to be calibrated is provided and each technician ensures all instruments are complete and any issues or out of tolerance is communicated to both customer and management as indicated in quality procedures. These instruments can range from every type of known sensing and reference equipment. The required equipment is taken from CalX HQ to the client’s site on each job to carry out the work. It is the service technician’s responsibility to calibrate instruments required, and place calibration stickers on the instruments. They must also ensure the service report is complete and that the completed calibration certificate is given to the customer. 

The service technician works a lot with calibration software “CompuCal” to create certificates, enter results, and ensure all work is complete on the work screen. A variety of work, instruments, and sites makes the work very interesting.

Resident Technician

The resident technician is part of a client’s team on site every day of the week. They are required to have a solid, professional working relationship with the client and liaise every day onsite with the customer. In this role it is important to customer work times, calibration procedures, quality procedures, and all site procedures. The resident technician works closely on the client’s calibration software to ensure instruments due are both planned and completed in the time frame required. 

Customer reference equipment is used to calibrate the onsite instruments. Teamworking skills are essential to this role as each technician liaises directly with the customer’s Calibration Engineering Manager and CalX Service Manager. There are a wide variety of instrument types onsite and the technician must adhere to any lockout procedures before commencing the work. 

They provide site calibration stickers and complete the calibration certificate on the customer’s calibration software. The resident technician completes a service report for the CalX admin team. 

Resident Technician

The resident technician is part of a client’s team on site every day of the week. They are required to have a solid, professional working relationship with the client and liaise every day onsite with the customer. In this role it is important to customer work times, calibration procedures, quality procedures, and all site procedures. The resident technician works closely on the client’s calibration software to ensure instruments due are both planned and completed in the time frame required. 

Customer reference equipment is used to calibrate the onsite instruments. Teamworking skills are essential to this role as each technician liaises directly with the customer’s Calibration Engineering Manager and CalX Service Manager. There are a wide variety of instrument types onsite and the technician must adhere to any lockout procedures before commencing the work. 

They provide site calibration stickers and complete the calibration certificate on the customer’s calibration software. The resident technician completes a service report for the CalX admin team. 

What do we look for in Qualified and Trainee applicants?

For Experienced and Graduate Engineers, we generally hire trade qualified Instrumentation technicians, trade qualified Electrical/Instrument technicians, Physics and Instrumentation graduates and engineers, Electronic Engineering graduates and engineers, Mechatronics graduates and engineers and Mechanical Engineering graduates and engineers.

Apprenticeship applicants must be over 18 years of age and have completed the Leaving Cert or similar, with Maths and Science and/or Engineering. Ideally, you will have a year’s work experience in any field or have completed a pre-apprenticeship course. A full clean drivers licence is essential.

CalX also hosts college placements for students studying. If you’re interested in a college placement with CalX please contact your course coordinator.

How Michael started his engineering career with CalX

“I studied Mechatronics in the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Having come from a mechanical background at home involving fixing and restoring machinery and vehicles, I thought Mechatronics would be a good fit. I graduated in 2019 having studied for three years.

After I started Mechatronics, I knew I had picked the right course because I enjoyed every module/ subject on the course. Since I had no experience on the automation side, college helped me learn about and gain experience in this area.

After graduating I saw that a local company in Kells were hiring. I applied and attended an interview but it didn’t go well and I didn’t feel the company wasn’t a good fit for me.

One night while scrolling through LinkedIn I saw that a company called CalX was hiring and I decided to send in my CV. The next day I received a phone call to arrange a suitable time for an interview at the start of October. There was a good vibe in the office from the moment I entered for my interview and I was even offered a cup of tea! The interview itself was very relaxed and there was no pressure. I could tell that this company valued their employees and were not afraid to take on a graduate with no site/Industry experience.

I was offered the job and on November 4th 2019 I started as a calibration technician with CalX. All the staff were very welcoming and after only a few days I didn’t feel new anymore. Everyone was understanding and eager to help. Bearing in mind I had no experience in this role except what I had learned in college, I was soon visiting various sites and learning on the job. After a month went by, I couldn’t believe the amount of knowledge I had gained. A pharmaceutical site that CalX provided calibration services to was seeking another person to add to their team and I was sent to that site in December where I would remain for the foreseeable future. This allowed me to gain experience in a completely new industry. I had started on this site with just a small understanding of calibrations and instrumentation, but the CalX technicians on the site with me showed me calibrations of various instruments on site that I had not seen before. After spending eight to ten months working on this site, I became responsible for organising and planning the monthly routine calibrations of the instruments with another highly experienced technician. I really enjoyed this part of the work. Apart from the routine calibrations I also had to solve breakdowns where instruments might be damaged and need replacement. I also really enjoyed this part of the job as solving problems gave me a confidence boost about my skills and abilities. What was important for me also was that I never felt stuck and unable to solve a problem; there was always other CalX technicians I could contact for advice and help. I was never left struggling on my own or stressed thanks to the way the other employees look out for each other.

Now I’m fifteen months with CalX and I can say I am very happy with what I have achieved so far. CalX value their employees and the work they do.”

Michael, a member of our engineering team.

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If you’re just starting out, visit our apprenticeships and college placements page.  

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