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McHale still a leader in machinery recruitment

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McHale hired 40 people in 2016, while Armagh-based NC Engineering filled 32 roles this year, writes Mary Phelan.
McHale hired 40 people in 2016, while Armagh-based NC Engineering filled 32 roles this year, writes Mary Phelan.

McHale, which was founded in the mid-1980s, makes a specialist range of round balers and round and square bale wrappers. McHale HQ is in Ballinrobe in Co Mayo and the group employs 470 people altogether.

McHale says that “in the agricultural industry it can be difficult to get good people to fulfil a role. That is why we at McHale say, if we meet the right person with the right attitude and who we think would be a good fit with the team at McHale, then we will create a role for you.”

McHale hired 40 people in 2016, and 25 of those were in newly created positions. Roles filled included electronic engineer, software engineer, human resource manager, French sales manager, Scottish sales manager, mechanical engineers, process engineer (lean), product safety engineer, and health and safety officer.

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McHale has also employed a number of fitters, welders, stores personnel and general operatives this year. Based on current projections, McHale expects to take on 40 to 50 additional staff in 2017.

McHale exports to 55 countries, which means there are significant opportunities for employees to travel. McHale also places a big emphasis on research and development.

Quality Tractor Parts Ltd, which is based in Mullingar, took on 12 people in 2016, which was a mix of replacement and new positions in the warehouse. The company expects to take on 10 people in 2017 in the warehouse, product development and sales.

Hi-Spec Engineering, which is based in Co Carlow, took on six people this year – one engineer and five general operatives. Hi-spec has no concrete recruitment plans for 2017 but says it takes on an average of six people every year. The company employs 45 people altogether.

Conor Engineering Ltd, which is based in Tubber, Co Clare, took on three people in 2016, two in newly created general operations positions, while one engineer was replaced. Conor Engineering plans to fill two to four positions in general operations in 2017.

JMC Parts, which is based in Rosscarbery, Co Cork, and employs 20 people altogether, created one new position in stores in 2016.

The company expects to replace one position in 2017.

There were 123 jobs created in 2016 across 15 machinery companies surveyed by the Irish Farmers Journal.

NC Engineering which is based in Hamiltonsbawn, Co Armagh, and which manufactures industrial and agricultural equipment, will have taken on 32 people by year end 2016. Ten positions were newly created and included three apprentice welders, one apprentice fitter, two student placement design engineers, one mechanical engineer, one manufacturing engineer, one design engineer and an auto technician.

The company employs 138 people and is currently recruiting. Check out the vacancies here;

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Special focus: agri careers

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