HVAC Test Technician

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Job Description

Req ID: 449802

Location: Crewe, United Kingdom

Appointment Basis: Permanent 

At Alstom, we understand transport networks and what moves people. From high-speed trains, metros, monorails, and trams, to turnkey systems, services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility, we offer our diverse customers the broadest portfolio in the industry. Every day, 80,000 colleagues lead the way to greener and smarter mobility worldwide, connecting cities as we reduce carbon and replace cars.

Alstom is the UK & Ireland’s leading supplier of new trains, train services, and signalling infrastructure projects. It has built just under 40% of the UK’s mainline train fleet, all the fleets currently in service with London Underground and Dublin’s LUAS.

It is building the UK’s biggest train programme in a generation – AVENTRA – for seven of the UK’s largest train operating companies, is ramping up to build the next generation of Greater Dublin’s commuter trains, DART+ as well as 54 HS2 high-speed trains in a Joint Venture. Alstom also supports 66% of the UK fleet through its Services business and is the UK’s leading CP6 signalling & infrastructure provider.

Employing 6,000 people across the UK and Ireland, we design, build and test trains at the UK’s largest end-to-end train manufacturing factory in Derby and operate major sites at Widnes, Crewe, Ilford and Plymouth, as well as 30 train services depots across the UK&I

Your future role

Due to the growth and internalization of the UK ALSTOM overhaul portfolio, Crewe has been given the opportunity to recruit a HVAC test/Diagnostic technician.  This role is required to support the demanding production activities related to the overhaul of various rail HVAC systems commencing in May 2024.

The role will be reporting into the site industrial team and primarily be involved in the technical support for the daily production throughput Of Saloon and Cab HVAC units from various customers across the UK.

We’ll look to you for:

  • The overhaul process will consist of the removal and renewal/replacement of the main refrigeration components such as compressor, condenser, evaporator , TX valve, filter drier etc. and associated electrical protection and control components. Full functional testing is then required to validate this overhaul
  • Supporting production staff by fault finding failing overhauled units in both refrigerant and electrical aspects
  • Conducting performance testing following the overhaul
  • Be able to read electrical schematics
  • Process auditing inline with F-Gas regulations
  • Collating trend data from the production processes to propose improvements

All about you

We value passion and attitude over experience. That’s why we don’t expect you to have every single skill. Instead, we’ve listed some that we think will help you succeed and grow in this role:

Supporting the production teams this role will be critical to achieving the daily targets required to support the challenging volume of work

Required competencies for the role are:


  • A background in Heating / Ventilation / AC / Chiller systems
  • Experience in the diagnosing of system faults, repair and maintenance of refrigeration and electrical circuits
  • F-GAS and ODS qualified – C &C 2079 Cat 2
  • A suitable electrical qualification, such as BS7671, C&G 2365, 2357
  • Fault finding of refrigeration and electrical systems


  • NVQ Level 2&3 in Air conditioning and refrigeration

Things you’ll enjoy

Join us on a life-long transformative journey – the rail industry is here to stay, so you can grow and develop new skills and experiences throughout your career.

You’ll also:

Enjoy stability, challenges and a long-term career free from boring daily routines

Collaborate with transverse teams and helpful colleagues

Contribute to innovative projects

Steer your career in whatever direction you choose across functions and countries

Benefit from our investment in your development, through award-winning learning

Benefit from a fair and dynamic reward package that recognises your performance and potential, plus comprehensive and competitive social coverage (life, medical, pension)

You don’t need to be a train enthusiast to thrive with us. We guarantee that when you step onto one of our trains with your friends or family, you’ll be proud. If you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!

What we offer

We offer a highly competitive remuneration package, 25 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with the opportunity to buy or sell holiday. Contributed healthcare, life assurance, an excellent company-contributed pension scheme, and a wide range of flexible benefits that you can tailor to suit your lifestyle.


Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive, and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?

Equal opportunity statement:

Alstom is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by local law.

As a ‘Disability Confident’ employer, we will interview all disabled job applicants who match the essential criteria of the job description or specification. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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