Apprenticeship Scheme 2018 – Update

It is with regret that we have had to postpone our Electrical Apprenticeship Scheme for 2018 due to the limited availability of placement opportunities for new apprentices at sites based in Northern Ireland.

We are confident that we will be able to re-establish the scheme again for the September 2019 apprenticeship in-take.

However, we do have availability for anyone interested in a Plumbing Apprenticeship – if you are interested in this please send your CV through to

The recruitment process will then be as follows:

  • On receipt of sending your CV we will invite you for an interview and to complete an aptitude test
  • Successful applicants will be invited to carry out a week’s trial on-site in July/August
  • Having passed the trial you will begin your college course and your Dowds Group apprenticeship in September.
  • For more information or to apply please contact

Prior to applying we recommend and encourage you to register with your preferred college to obtain a place on your desired course.

Please note the deadline for submitting CVs is Wednesday 4th July.


Electricians & Plumbers/Pipefitters

We are seeking to recruit qualified Electricians & Plumbers/Pipefitters to join our busy M&E Division.  The openings available are based in Northern Ireland or London.  Candidates must be able to carry out electrical/mechanical installation work efficiently and in accordance with current industry legislation / regulations.

The Role

The candidate must be able to carry out electrical/mechanical installation work efficiently and in accordance with current industry legislation and regulations.  Reporting to the Electrical/Mechanical Contracts Supervisor, the role will pay a competitive salary commensurate with industry guidelines.  We are committed to investing in talent and developing opportunities for our staff.  As equal opportunities employers, we welcome applicants from all communities.


  • NVQ/C&G Qualified
  • Minimum of 2 years site experience
  • The ability to work unsupervised and to own initiative
  • The ability to set out jobs from drawings and specifications
  • Supervision/mentoring of other operatives (where required)


  • Valid CSR Card
  • IPAF 3a/3b
  • PASMA Combined

If interested please submit your CV to – t
he closing date is Friday 29th June 2018.


Mechanical Contract Manager – Northern Ireland & London

We are seeking a Mechanical Contracts Manager based in both Northern Ireland and London. The successful candidate will have responsibility for the management of large-scale mechanical installation contracts.

The Role:

The role will involve ensuring management and administration of the works are completed to the programme deadline and to a high standard ensuring a satisfied client and an acceptable profit margin for the Company.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful candidate will have the following duties:

  • Estimating Assistance – the ability to read drawings and extract all equipment for costing.
  • Health & Safety – inductions of personnel onto site, carry out daily briefs, tool box talks, monitoring & assist writing RAMS, monitoring H&S plan
  • Procurement – monitoring stock of materials, assist site supervisor with timely procurement of materials, overseeing deliveries and appropriate hire goods
  • Subcontractors – liaising with subcontractors, coordination of works, trouble-shooting
  • Programme – monitoring the progress of the programme & reporting on progress to main contractor / client
  • Quality – check sheets, inspection of quality of installation on site – ensuring they meet company standards
  • Meetings – attend/provide input for progress meetings
  • Testing – carrying out and/or signing off tests, overseeing other testing on site
  • Commissioning – overseeing commissioning by specialists, ensuring there are no delays,
  • O&M – production information for the manual & timely mark-up of ‘as installed drawings’, preparation of the building log book & operations guide
  • Communication with the Divisional Manager is essential – supervision of the site and update reporting directly
  • Communication – good communication / reporting with the Main Contractor
  • Escalation of issues to Divisional Manager
  • Building & maintaining good relationships with the project team from client/end user through to maintenance team
  • Conflict / Issue resolution
  • Management of all Site Personnel
  • Sharing lessons learned, flagging of recurring issues
  • Liaising with the design team & answering queries
  • Overseeing specialist installations – have/build on a brief knowledge of all mechanical systems & their operation

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Minimum 2 years experience in Contract Management
  • Mechanical Qualification
  • Good Mechanical Knowledge
  • Excellent Communication / Negotiation Skills
  • A Proactive Approach
  • Ability to work extended hour / weekends, as required

To Apply

If interested, please send your CV and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is Friday 4th May, 2018.



Build your career with Dowds…

We recognise that our employees are our most valuable asset and as such we  don’t just fill vacancies, we make a commitment to invest in our staff and build careers.  This is displayed by our impressive staff retention levels, with over a quarter of our staff having 10 years + service, in fact the many of our Senior Management joined the company as trainees!!

As a growing company we are always interested in hearing from new talent who want to build their career with Dowds Group – while we will advertise specific job posts on this page we are also happy to receive CV’s – just complete the form below or email

In particular we would like to hear from:

  • Electrical Estimators
  • Electrical Bid Managers
  • Electrical Contracts Managers
  • Mechanical Contracts Managers
  • M&E Design Managers

Upload your CV here…