We employ engineers across a range of varying experience and qualifications, therefore this varies depending on where they are in their career. Engineers with the applicable experience, knowledge and qualifications will be assigned to each job depending on the requirements.

Apprentices: 

We have always prided ourselves on bringing young people into the first steps of their careers with roughly 13 apprentices over the years; some are still with us, some have gone on to start their own businesses or work for other companies and others have even advanced onto moving out of the UK to work abroad.

Upon beginning with us, many have never had a job before, and we are their first experience since leaving school. This provides a nice platform to see how they can progress as an engineer and an individual. 

As you can imagine, when they first join us, the majority enter the apprenticeship with GCSE’s as their only qualifications, therefore, one of the first things we do is have them undergo and pass their health and safety exams to be able to go on sites and qualify for their ECS card. This means they have a basic understanding of site safety issues. They are also signed up for a 3-year apprenticeship scheme.

This is a 3-year, day-release programme at college where they learn the basics of installation, health, and safety in more detail and also run test rigs in line with their learning. Throughout this period, we ensure they visit a range of different sites we are working across to ensure they witness firsthand the numerous diverse challenges they will work on throughout their career. 

During this time we also aim to enrol our apprentices on different courses, examples include to learn to build a tower (IPAF, similar to what can be found here), working on a MEWP (PASMA, similar to what can be found here), or possibly some basic first aid. We also insist that they complete working at heights, asbestos awareness (vital in our trade), and safe lifting procedures to ensure the longevity of our trade.

Newly Qualified Engineers

We then have the newly qualified engineers who have just completed their 3 years, and now need to gain more confidence. This is often achieve through working on systems individually whilst being monitored to ensure everything is completed to the appropriate standard. 

These members of staff now hold an ECS engineer card and have shown a good understanding of all the basics. They also have passed their BS 5839, meaning they are now able to work through issues using the regulations book as guidance. As long as work is conducted with this in mind, then our installations remain safe and compliant.

Qualified Engineers

Next, we have our qualified, experienced engineers. Those in this category have all the paperwork previously mentioned, but may also now have 2391, a qualification on testing and inspection of properties in a more in-depth manner. This group of engineers will be centred around commercial installations with demanding supply characteristics that the less experienced engineers would not be comfortable doing.

They may also have SSSTS which provides qualification to run bigger sites they are operating on. They now have the experience to run sites, and as such, are responsible for risk assessments and on-site training for others. Our engineers are also qualified to work on lifts in high-rise buildings, meaning we can test areas that are often overlooked. Part of their additional qualifications would include undertaking more advanced first aid courses and project management training.

Project Managers

Finally we have our project managers, who run everything from the organisation of materials to PPE on site.