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At McHale, we strongly believe in creating an environment which fosters creativity and teamwork, where people can fully realise their true potential, allowing them to develop cutting edge agricultural solutions in line with worldwide customer needs.

With over 35 years’ worth of combined experience, today McHale is working harder than ever, to innovate, design and build the best products for a fast-changing world with a growing population.

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An environment which fosters creativity & teamwork

Who we look for


At McHale, we strongly believe in creating an environment which fosters creativity and teamwork where people can fully realise their true potential, allowing individuals to develop cutting edge solutions.

  • We look for ambitious, highly motivated, results focused people who share a passion for achievement.
  • Individuals with excellent communication and relationship building skills.
  • People with an appetite for continuous learning and development within a team environment.

If you are interested in becoming part of our team then contact us at [email protected]. Alternatively, phone 094 95 20396 for more information.

Why choose McHale

Company Benefits


McHale offers a complete and competitive package of benefits that demonstrates how much we care for employees and their families through every stage of life. We reward performance and hard work and offer life-long career growth opportunities.

  • Competitive pay based on experience.
  • Learning, development, and career progression opportunities.
  • Company subsidized Healthcare Insurance for employee and family.
  • Company pension scheme available.
  • Subsidised canteen & onsite parking

Featured Job

MIG Welder

Due to continued success and growth, we are recruiting MIG Welders to join our team. Candidates should have experience in MIG welding or a willingness to be trained in this discipline.

    • Work in a well organised welding environment and produce a scheduled daily number of assemblies using the rust-free steel supplied.
    • Use of the latest pulse welding technology, which improves the welding quality, while reducing splatter and cleaning.
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Current Job Vacancies at McHale

Agricultural Field Technician-UK

Location: UK

Title: UK-Agricultural Field Technician

Agricultural Field Technician-UK

McHale is an export driven manufacturer of agricultural grass harvesting machinery, located in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland.  McHale products can be seen working in over 55 countries.

McHale is seeking to recruit an Agricultural Field Technician for the UK market. This is a permanent, full-time position. Salary negotiable depending on sectoral experience.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Responsive and effective technical support to our Dealer and Customer networks.
  • A hands-on approach using your technical and practical knowledge to support these networks.
  • Carry out product demonstrations as and when required.
  • Provide support in the set up and attend trade exhibitions.
  • Working as part of a team to provide efficient and effective technical support.
  KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Needs to be highly self-motivated with excellent enthusiasm for agricultural machinery.
  • Experience in a busy agricultural service department/workshop.
  • Excellent understanding of hydraulics and electrics.
  • Excellent communication, planning, and organizational skills.
  COMPANY BENEFITS
  • Competitive salary based on experience.
  • Learning, development, and career progression opportunities.
  • Company subsidized Healthcare Insurance for employee and family.
  • Company pension scheme available.
  • Subsidized canteen & onsite parking.
 

Interested candidates, please submit CV and cover letter to [email protected] quoting "Agricultural Field Technician" in the subject line of the email.

Alternatively, phone 094 95 20396 for more information.

R&D Data Engineer

Location: McHale, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

Title: Data Engineer

ROLE McHale is currently recruiting for an R&D Data Engineer. This is a permanent position, reporting to R&D Management.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Responsible for maintaining and improving data integrity within the McHale R&D department.
  • Ongoing improvements and refinement of the R&D processes, procedures, and SOP documents.
  • Review and sign-off of technical drawings, design ECOs and other customer-facing technical documentation.
  • Management of the technical information section of the online McHale dealer and customer portals.
  • Ongoing upgrades and refinement of computer systems and software used in the R&D department.
  • Implementing and enforcing framework and protocols for data collection during field testing of McHale products.
  • Working with the R&D Electronics department for development of telematics systems and data collection on McHale products.
  • Liaise with production to improve data collection methods and recording for components used on McHale products.
  • Liaising with suppliers to implement improved data collection protocols on bought-in components.
  KEY  SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
  • Engineering or Manufacturing background is preferred.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Advanced computer and data collection system literacy.
  • Knowledge of mobile electronic systems is an advantage.
  • Excellent literary skills are essential.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage workload.
  • Ability to work with staff at differing levels. A strong team player.
  • Strong communication skills.
  COMPANY BENEFITS
  • Competitive salary based on experience.
  • Learning, development, and career progression opportunities.
  • Company subsidized Healthcare Insurance for employee and family.
  • A positive and collaborative working environment in a fast-paced and growing company.
  • A modern R&D facility with state-of-the-art technologies and systems to support your work.
  • Company pension scheme available.
  • Subsidized canteen & onsite parking.
 

All CV's should be submitted to [email protected]. Please quote "R&D Data Engineer" in the subject line of the email.

In addition to our current vacancies McHale are always interested in attracting talent in the areas of design, service, engineering & manufacturing.

Please submit your CV for consideration at any time quoting role of interest in the subject line of your email.

McHale Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland | T: 094 95 20396 | www.mchale.net

R&D Engineering Change Leader

Location: McHale, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo

Title: Engineering Change Leader

ROLE McHale is currently recruiting for an R&D Engineering Change Leader. This is a permanent position, reporting to R&D Manager.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Effectively manage and oversee all Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) from the R&D Department.
  • Review all ECOs at the design stage and liaise with R&D Engineers to optimize the content before release to manufacturing.
  • Co-ordination and planning of larger ECOs before production implementation.
  • Ensuring all design work follows the recommended R&D workflows and engineering guidelines.
  • Review and sign-off on technical drawings before release to manufacturing.
  • Ongoing improvements and refinement of the Design ECO process.
  • Create and update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the Design ECO process.
  • Proof reading and technical verification of customer facing documentation before release.
  KEY  SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
  • Strong Engineering or Manufacturing background is essential.
  • Degree level qualification in Engineering or Manufacturing preferred.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience with ECO/PLM systems is beneficial.
  • Excellent literary skills are essential.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage workload.
  • Ability to work with staff at differing levels. A strong team player.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Advanced computer and data collection system literacy.
  COMPANY BENEFITS
  • Competitive salary based on experience.
  • Learning, development, and career progression opportunities.
  • Company subsidized Healthcare Insurance for employee and family.
  • A positive and collaborative working environment in a fast-paced and growing company.
  • A modern R&D facility with state-of-the-art technologies and systems to support your work.
  • Company pension scheme available.
  • Subsidized canteen & onsite parking.
 

All CV's should be submitted to [email protected]. Please quote "R&D Engineering Change Leader" in the subject line of the email.

In addition to our current vacancies McHale are always interested in attracting talent in the areas of design, service, engineering & manufacturing.

Please submit your CV for consideration at any time quoting role of interest in the subject line of your email.

McHale Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, Ireland | T: 094 95 20396 | www.mchale.net

CAREERS

Our Team

People at McHale

When did you start at McHale?

I started in the company in 2000, following a season with a contractor in 1999, after finishing my degree in Institute of Technology Tralee. I saw an ad in the Irish Farmers Journal and applied.

I started on the assembly line of the 991 wrapper and after 18 months I moved to the UK into a service role until 2009. The UK is one of our largest markets, where our full range of equipment is used, so I gained knowledge there as the company expanded into balers. Following this, I moved back to Ballinrobe, where I started at the in-house service department.

What does your job entail?

As technical support and service is one of the company’s main priorities, the first part of the job is making sure that our importers, dealers and customers who require help with problems are able to get answers as quickly as possible. So during the busy season this means answering these queries and making sure problems are resolved. We have a team of technical people in all of our main markets and all the information from them is processed to eliminate problems from machines through the research and development department. In the off-peak season I cover the technical training for all our dealers and importers. This is done in-house or in the importer’s country.

What is your typical day like?

In season, it is answering calls and emails to resolve problems for importers, dealers and customers actually working in the field. Out of season, it is training or travelling to importers to do training there.

What are your favourite parts of the job?

From one day to the next it is never the same, constantly dealing with different people in all of our markets.

What are the greatest challenges in your job?

I guess trying to have solutions to problems to keep customers working. Different crops and unusual conditions in any of the 56 countries we are operating in, means the cause of a problem or the solution to that problem can differ from call to call.

Do you like your job?

After 22 years, I have to say I do. I have visited and operated our machines in most of the 56 countries that we export to. I have seen countries and parts of countries that I would never see otherwise. Coming from a sheep and suckler farm in southwest Kerry, I would never have thought that I would have gotten the opportunity and knowledge of agriculture from so many parts of the world.

When did you start at McHale?

I started in McHale in December 2016 where I was a General Operative in the Cutting Area on the night shift. One of my main duties then was delivering steel to the welding cubicles for the next morning’s production. I was previously self-employed as a Steel Fabricator and Roofer, so I was quite familiar with different grades and types of steel.

What does your job entail?

My job title is Replenishment Leader. My main role is to prevent part shortages and ensure the delivery of requested parts to the specified areas. I also request parts to be produced when stocks get low.

What is your typical day like?

The first thing I do is check with Manager or Supervisor to see if any parts are needed urgently. I then check the Kanban stock in each cubicle and renew that as required. When that is done, I check with each welder to see if they need any large parts. I then request these parts and deliver them to the welding cubicles as they become available. If required, I set up cubicles with the welders and make cubicle adjustments as an ongoing improvement for best receiving stock. Towards the end of my shift I will tidy the parts storage areas and liaise with the night shift staff to cut or form any parts required for the next day.   

What is your favourite parts of the job?

From one day to the next it is never the same, constantly dealing with different people in all of our markets.

What are the greatest challenges in your job?

I like the interaction with all the staff. The cutting and welding area is interlinked so I work with a lot of people throughout the day. I like to solve problems and find new ways of doing things so there is always a challenge in order to keep everyone supplied and the process running smoothly be it supplying parts or setting up welding cubicles with the welders.

Do you like your job?

Yes, I do like my job. Every day is different, I enjoy mixing with everyone and getting to know them. I find my job rewarding and solving the various problems keeps me busy.

When did you start at McHale?

In 2013, as part of my Mechanical Engineering Degree, I completed three months’ work experience in McHale for the summer. I then went back to college to complete my honours level degree in Mechanical Engineering. My final year thesis was based on the design of a test rig for testing the impact force of the safety arms on three different McHale products. On completion of my degree, in June 2014, I started full time with McHale engineering.


I started on the Fusion assembly line, where I progressed well, got great experience and in February 2015 I was promoted to the R&D department. My first job in the R&D department was the assembly of the first ten McHale Orbital wrappers. Following this I moved into the office where I started doing design changes using Creo and ANSYS software

What does your job entail?

As a design Engineer I am involved in 3D component design using Creo Parametric software. I also do stress analysis’s using Ansys software. I am also involved in prototyping and field testing of new products and upgrading the functionality on existing products. Other tasks my role would require me to do is creating and updating documentation, product planning, component sourcing, supplier liaison, new product quality inspections and creating procedures

What is your typical day like?

I spend most of my day doing design changes of existing parts or creating new parts using Creo Parametric. I use ANSYS software to do stress analysis on existing and new products. I can also spend some time each day in the welding area or production line if I am working on a change or new product that is being implanted into production. In the summer months, I would spend time doing field testing.  

What is your favourite parts of the job?

I enjoy the fact that I can be working on any product across the range. I do most of the stress analysis in the R&D department therefore I can be involved in almost every project that the other engineers are working on. This means most days are different for me and different challenges can arise every day.

In the past year, I have been heavily involved in the design of the Fusion 4 panels and have gained some knowledge in thermoforming and plastics. I had not worked on any panel designs previously in McHale’s, so it was a learning curve for me and something different. I had plenty of guidance from other engineers here so while the project was challenging for me I felt there was always a team of people that where willing to share their knowledge and help in any way they could. I really enjoy working as a team and I am looking forward to learning more in the line of thermoforming and plastics.

What are the greatest challenges in your job?

Prioritizing my work on a daily and weekly basis can be challenging because I can be involved in a wide range of projects with different engineers. The workload can sometimes build up quiet quickly, trying to prioritize what is the most important job to complete first can sometimes be challenging.

Do you like your job?

After almost 9 years, I have to say I do. Each day new challenges arise, and new problems need to be solved. There is a great team of people working for McHale and if I am ever stuck for a solution to any problem there is plenty of experienced and knowledgeable people throughout each department that are willing to help.

When did you start at McHale?

I moved to the Ballinrobe area in 2015 and applied for a job in McHale where I started in the welding area. During that time, I learned a lot and enjoyed the variety of work, from Manual Welding to Robotic Welding while also welding for our R&D Department. I had previously qualified and worked as a Civil Engineer before joining McHale so in 2018, I applied for the role of a Production Engineer for which I was successful. This role was challenging but very enjoyable and in 2023 I was promoted to Engineer Change Order Leader.

What does your job entail?

As ECO leader it is my job to manage the Engineer Change Order process through the production stages. The changes will come from our R&D department and from there I will assign it to the relevant personnel in the production process to ensure the change is implemented to the highest standards and in a timely manner. One of the most important competencies of McHale is the speed of engineering-change and customer improvements. This is a team effort from R&D to Cutting, Welding & Jig design, to Assembly & Spare Parts and to Logistics. Almost every employee is involved in the engineering change to some degree and their support is essential to my role.

On the Project Engineer side of the job, I would be involved in a lot of continuous improvement projects going on throughout the factory. Examples are the implementation of Kanban, Kaizen improvements and Industrial Engineering with further plans to be introduced in the near future.

What is your typical day like?

No two days are ever the same but generally my day is spent facilitating the ECO process changes being implemented throughout the factory. This would involve meetings and discussions with design engineers, supervisors, managers, and general operatives to ensure all changes are implemented to the highest standards of quality and in a timely manner. Every day, we try to improve the process for the benefit of everyone. Project work varies greatly from leading projects to making simple changes in workstations in order to improve efficiency and safety – all are carried out with the aim to drive continuous improvement throughout the factory.

What is your favourite parts of the job?

For me it has to be the fact that every day is different. I am constantly working and learning from people from all disciplines within the company, be it from Quality, Engineering, Electronics, Purchasing, Service/ Warranty and Sales. There is always something new to learn and great ideas to develop across the company.

What are the greatest challenges in your job?

Every day solutions must be found to challenges that arise. This can be very challenging especially in the current climate. All these challenges must be resolved without compromising the quality of the product or indeed delay the product reaching our customers. Every engineering change is an improvement for the customer in some way.

Do you like your job?

Yes, I have to say I do enjoy my job as I feel like I am making a difference and that my work is appreciated. The support and help I have got from all functions of the company have exceeded my expectations. In my 8 years here, I have seen the company develop and grow greatly so I am glad of the opportunities to be a part of it all.

Careers & Recruitment Related Features

2019 From time to time the FTMTA executive council presents a gold award to a person who has given a long or outstanding service to the association or the agricultural machinery industry. This award is open to all working FTMTA member firms and its staff. Peter Thomas Keaveney of the Irish Farmers Journal sat down with recent recipients, brothers Padraic and Martin McHale who picked up the prestigious FTMTA gold award at the show to discuss their road to success.

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