Education:Fitzharry’s secondary, then loads of colleges in 20yrs, then Teeside university
Qualifications:Loads, too many to list ! 10 GCSE’s, loads of NVQ’s, ONC, HNC, LiRF
Work History:worked at STFC since 1993 ! volunteer at Science Oxford and STEMNET, also run my own business.
Current Job:STFC Central Laser facility target area technician and NVQ assessor. ( not forgetting my own business ! )
Me – I think of work as something I chose to do, not something I need to do ( it’s a mindset )
My Work: Electrical / electronic support technician, and NVQ assessor at STFC
My Main role is basically problem solving, finding ways to keep our customers happy, and their electrical/electronic devices working !
This can involve custom made items, or maybe some latest apps/software, or some really old equipment – can be almost anything, low voltage, or high voltage, maybe some high current…whatever… The most important goal is safety, no matter what.
My NVQ assessing role involves checking the Apprentices work against National standards, and also out own company standards. This involves working with different employers, and training providers.
Voluntary activities !
I find a bit of time to do some public engagement, be that web-chats, or science lessons in local schools, village fetes, or tours of our Laser facility…
and…. sometimes… just sometimes… when nobody else can solve the problem, I get a few “odd” tasks coming my way, like restoring the console of a 1960’s super computer….
My Typical Day: Don’t have one ! I have to be flexible in everthing I do
The basic plan is,
0730-0900>>> Any early morning requests, or admin, or task planning
0900-1015 >>> meet the customers, and find out about any requests
1015-1200>>> responding to customer requests, or maybe a facility development project if time allows
1200-1300 >>> LUNCH 🙂
1300-1600 >>> anything I haven’t done yet…
MONDAYS 1300-1430 NVQ assessing, then
1430-1600>>>anything else I haven’t done yet 🙂
1600 Head for home ( unless I get an urgent request or breakdown to fix )
sometime later, I’ll go for a 6 mile run, or swim a couple of km i the local pool
What advice would you give someone who wants to be in the same career as you?
Go for it – the qualifications open so many doors, you’ll never be stuck for work
What do you see as your next step in your career?
more running my own business, less working for someone else !
What other sorts of jobs can you do with your qualifications?
loads ! mechanic, tutor, trainer, electrician, fitness instructor, PAT tester, …..
What's the best part of your current job?
solving problems, and keeping my customers/clients happy ( applies to STFC and my own business and the voluntary work I do )
What don't you like about your current job?
all the walking, I do three to five km per day….