Machine Operator/ Services Worker

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Machine Operator/ Services Worker (post level 18) Job ID: 5337 – (1053)

Job Title: Machine Operator/ Services Worker (post level 18) Job ID: 5337

Organizational Unit: University of the Free State -> Vice-Rector: Operations -> Facilities Management -> University Estates

Contract Type: Permanent

Occupational Level: Unskilled

Location: Bloemfontein Campus – Bloemfontein, FS ZA (Primary)

Closing Date: 26/7/2023


*NB! Hard copy applications may be submitted at the University of the Free State, George du Toit Building, Human Resources Department (Reception: Room S201).

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website:   – Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered. 
Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. 

•    A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter. 
•    Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications).
•    A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID).
•    Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable).
•    A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).
•    A service record of your current employer / last employer (only applicable to external applicants).

Duties and responsibilities:
•    Operation and control
–  Operate mowing and other gardening equipment.
–  Ensure equipment is signed out for and returned to the store daily.
–  Hand in, after inspections, a weekly report on equipment.
–  General maintenance and cleaning of gardens and terrain within working hours.
–  Follow the daily program schedule or as instructed by the line manager.
–  Complete schedule according to UE standard operating procedures and protocol set.
–  Load general/garden refuse

–  Pick litter, service refuse bins etc.
–  Report any breakages, lost or ineffective equipment to management.
–  Report any work-related concerns to the line manager.
– Utilize all relevant equipment correctly.
– Services sheet completion, Write and read. 
–  Assist in ensuring the Observatory is kept neat and clean.

•    Internal Reporting
–    Report to supervisor.
–    Sign off maintenance program and checklist.

•    Quality Assurance
–    Ensure all grounds/terrain are maintained within accordance with standard procedures.
and specifications.
–    Ensure cleaning of equipment and workspace.
–    Ensure safe working procedure with equipment.
–    Comply with health and safety standards.
–    Comply with PPE clothing.
–    Upkeep of equipment – ensure all equipment is within health and safety standards.
Inherent requirements:
•    Grade 10 on NQF level 2.
•    A minimum of One (1) year’s relevant working experience relating to the duties and responsibilities.

•    Machine operating certificate.
•    A minimum of 2 years relevant experience.


Required competencies:
•    Results Orientated: 

–    The ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one’s task. 
–    The ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
•    Strategic Thinking: 
–    The ability to focus on details, work towards perfection, and approach work in a neat and organised manner.
–    The ability to plan work and to follow plans.
•    Business Acumen:
–    The ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
•    Leading: 
–    The ability to be cooperative with others, display a good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together. 
•    Building Coalitions:
–    The ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people. 

Assumption of duties: 
As soon as possible.

Closing date: 
26 July 2023.
The annual remuneration package, including benefits, is R 103 437.86 – R 181 280.51 per annum, depending on the budget available for the position, relevant work experience and qualifications.

Fringe benefits:
(Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact me at 051 401 2979 or email at or Additionally, kindly contact 051 401 9810/ 9813/ 9814/ 9848 for assistance.

The UFS is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups including candidates with disabilities. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at : Equity/EEA13_EE Plan UFS 1 March 2022 (003).pdf?csf=1&web=1&e=TjtoXH

The University processes personal information in line with its obligations under the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) and any personal information provided to the University will be treated as confidential and processed in accordance with the rights provided to data subjects under POPIA.

The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position.  Applications that are incomplete or sent by fax or e-mail, will not be considered. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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