See World Class Engineering Up Close

As a Maintenance team member, you will maintain the plant’s machinery and equipment, while improving processes to minimise disruption to the line. Working right at the heart of our operation on our Casting, Machining and Assembly lines you will be a valued member of our dedicated maintenance team with the opportunity to develop and broaden your skills in this most demanding and fast-moving of engine manufacturing environments.

What we look for

We’re looking for people who can make a strong contribution to our business, people with a passion for taking the initiative and making things happen.

You will have the flexibility to work shifts, have a completed a craft/technician apprenticeship and are skilled in PLC programming, pneumatics or electrical systems. You should ideally have spent at least two years within maintenance, although we’re happy to consider less or more experience.

Above all, you’ll be someone who gets a buzz out of making things better and the commitment to learn and deliver consistently. In return, you can look forward to a work environment that’s built on teamwork and an excellent package of benefits.

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Salary and Benefits

Your Development at Toyota Manufacturing UK

A basic competitive salary is offered for Maintenance Team Members. A Shift premium  is payable based on your respectve shift pattern.  Your contribution will be recognised by an excellent package of benefits.

  • Paid overtime
  • 25 days paid annual holiday
  • Bank holidays
  • Free workwear
  • Subsidised restaurants
  • Pension
  • Life assurance
  • Private healthcare
  • Attractive car schemes
  • Company sickness benefit
  • Workplace nursery (Burnaston only)


We place a strong emphasis on teamwork at Toyota Manufacturing UK and while this underpins the success of our manufacturing activities, your individual contribution will be just as important. With this in mind, we'll ensure you receive training and ongoing support towards your development throughout your time with us.

During your first three months, we'll assess your skills in each of the following:

  • Electrical systems
  • Mechanical systems
  • Fluid power systems
  • Toyota maintenance systems

You're not expected to be skilled in all of these areas and there may be some in which you have no knowledge, however the aim is to assist in tailoring a training programme for you. The training will be on the job training, which will be supported by some off the job training which will take place at our on-site technical training centre.

Our aim is for all of our maintenance team members to be multi-skilled - that's why our training is designed to enhance your existing skills, as well as build new skills. It will be a steep learning curve and your first 3 years will be spent gaining a great deal of new skills and knowledge.

Throughout your career with us, we will continue to support your development, which may even see you specialise in a piece of machinery or equipment to deepen your knowledge further.
In return for our investment, we ask that you'll be highly committed and motivated in order to put what you've learned into practice.

Promotion Opportunities

As your skills, knowledge and experience grow, you could be recognised within your occupational class by rank promotion opportunities. If you are promoted, then naturally a higher level of contribution is expected with each promotion.

At Toyota Manufacturing UK we have a flat organisation structure. Promotion is based on the availablitity of a suitable vacancy. Candidates must display consistently high performance over a number of years. Members who are considered as suitable to promote to a team leader position will be required to complete an intensive development programme which will develop their skills and allow evaluation of their suitability for the position.

Toyota Manufacturing UK operates a 39-hour working week. In maintenance, the majority of our shops work a 3-shift pattern: a week of days, a week of afternoons, followed by a week of nights. Start and finish times vary slightly in each shop but are roughly as follows:
Days: 0600 - 1418
Afternoons: 1200 - 2018
Nights: 2000 - 0418
At Deeside we operate a 24/7 pattern where a shift begins at 06:00hrs and finishes at 18:00hrs

Lunch breaks are 30 minutes.

There will be a requirement for overtime. Typically maintenance members may be required to work one or two weekends each month. During the week, there will also be a requirement to stay at the end of shift to support any daily production or maintenance issues.

Yes, we provide an opportunity to visit a couple of the maintenance areas when you attend the assessment centre. You will visit the shops and be introduced to the section manager/group leader who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

At Burnaston our maintenance teams support the production lines in several ‘shops’, from: Press, Weld, Paint, Assembly, Plastics and Facilities.  At Deeside our maintenance teams support Casting,Machining and Assembly shops. If you are successful in the recruitment process, you will be placed appropriately into a position based on the recommendation of your interviewers. This recommendation will take into account your past experience, as well as information gained during the selection process, so we can make the best use of your skills.

Transfers happen occasionally where there is a business need. The equipment in each shop can be very different and it can take many years for our maintenance Members to build thorough knowledge of that specific equipment. Normally, once you are placed into an area this tends to be where your skills and knowledge will be developed further, however we encourage our members to be flexible to support our business needs .

Team members report to a team leader who normally has responsibility for 5 team members. The team leader reports to a group leader who normally has responsibility for around 10 team members and 2 team leaders. Group leaders report to a section manager who has responsibility for all the maintenance members in the shop.

Predominantly, maintenance members are placed on shifts, though you may be on days initially for a number of weeks in order to conduct some training prior to being placed into your work group.

There are sometimes opportunities for maintenance members to work in projects for a period of time, which can be on day shift. This is where members may use their skills and experience to work on new models/projects which may be introduced in the future.

Opportunities occasionally arise for team members to obtain training in Japan but this is usually for team leaders and above.

Unfortunately, we can only accept applications from candidates who are legally entitled to work indefinitely in the UK. We will ask to see proof of your eligibility to work in the UK when you visit our site at the assessment centre/interview stage of the recruitment process. Typically, this is in the form of a UK or European Economic passport or similar supporting documentation as detailed on our application form.

Unfortunately not, we do ask that you make an application on-line. However, if you are experiencing any problems with applying on-line, please e-mail with your query. This e-mail address is monitored regularly.

To register your details and create your CV should take approximately 1 hour.

Once you submit your online application, you will not be able to edit or revise your application. You will only be able to update your account information (e-mail, name, telephone no. etc) by returning to the website and logging in.

After submitting your online application, you will receive a confirmation email to state that we have received your application.  It could take up to 4 weeks for us to advise you of your application status. If you are successful at this stage, you will subsequently be invited to the first stage of the recruitment process, which will be a test session held at either our Burnaston or Deeside facility.

For the initial test session the dress code is casual. You will be seated for most of the time, so you need to wear something in which you are comfortable. The second stage, which is the assessment centre, will involve two production simulation exercises, which are physical, so again casual dress is required. Jeans, t-shirt, and trainers are acceptable. For the final interview, formal dress is required, as you will be interviewed by a maintenance section manager and an HR professional. Should you be required to conduct a medical, appropriate dress should be worn eg: T-shirt, trainers, track suit bottoms for example.

Yes. The probationary period would be the first 3 months with Toyota Manufacturing UK. You will be regularly reviewed during this time.

Yes. There will be two plant shutdowns each year (one in the summer and the other at Christmas) and you will be required to take holiday at these times.

Your salary is paid directly into your bank account, by credit transfer. It is paid on the last working day of each month. Any overtime is paid one month in arrears.

Yes, all maintenance team members are provided with a locker.

Yes, Toyota Manufacturing UK will provide all the PPE that you require in order to be able to carry out your job safely.

Unfortunately, our site at Burnaston  & Deeside is not served by public transport, so members are responsible for making their own arrangements to get to and from work.

Factory to Forecourt

Press Shop

The first step in the production process is to prepare the raw steel that will be used to make our vehicles.

Sheet steel arrives in huge 45-tonne rolls before it is chopped and formed to make the individual components that will be welded together to make each car.

In a single shift, Burnaston will devour up to 5,000 metres, or around 300 tonnes, of steel building up to 750 vehicles a day. That’s one car every 66 seconds. No wonder steel needs to be delivered daily to keep Burnaston on its production schedule!

Weld Shop

In the Weld Shop, pressed panels are welded together to create a bodyshell. 

Each bodyshell is given an identity tag that will remain with it right the way through the production process. Created by Toyota’s ordering system, this tag determines the car’s colour, engine specification and trim.

Paint Shop

When it comes to cleanliness, the Paint Shop leaves nothing to chance. 

Maintaining a spotlessly clean, dust-free environment is critical to the quality and consistency of each car’s paint job.

Assembly Shop

The Assembly Shop is best described as the heart of the Toyota factory in Burnaston

It is the part of the production line where in just three-and-a-half hours each painted bodyshell will become a fully functioning car.

Engine Plant

In 2017, a total of 337,516 fully assembled engines (including component sets) were produced for the Burnaston Auris & Auris Hybrid vehicles and exported to other Toyota plants.

Engines are produced through a process of Aluminium casting, Machining and Assembly before final inspection and despatch to vehicle plants.

Deeside currently exports engines and machine components to South Africa, Turkey, Brazil and Japan and were the first overseas plant to produce Toyota's class leading hybrid engines.

Plastic Shop

Described as a factory within a factory, the Plastics Shop is the place where everything from bumpers to instrument panels are made.

However, there is much more to this self-contained production facility than meets the eye; it also perfectly demonstrates Toyota’s environmental awareness with its zero waste to landfill approach.


Imagine being sent tens of thousands of pieces of mail a day.

That is what life is like for the team that keeps Burnaston running, because every single part brought into the factory comes through the logistics department and has to be delivered on time. It is one of the most complex and demanding supply chains in Britain.

Quality Assurance

At this point, each vehicle is almost at the end of its production journey

In a few hours it has been transformed from a sheet of bare metal to a high-quality car worthy of a five-year warranty. But there is still plenty of work to be done. Our completed car now faces its sternest test as it heads through the Quality Assurance department, where a team of skilled workers will put the car under the microscope one final time.


From the Burnaston factory, each car is delivered to the Toyota dealership. 

Here it is put through a Pre-Delivery Inspection in advance of being handed over to its new owner.