The working environment at Technics
Chris Payet joined Technics three months ago and is currently training as a Utility Surveyor. We spoke with Chris to find out more about his role, including what projects he is currently working on and what advice he would give to other new recruits.
What attracted you to join Technics?
I had no prior experience in this industry, but Technics offered an exciting new working environment that looked both challenging and has been extremely rewarding. I found the combination of office-based and on-site work to be very appealing.
What does a typical day look like in your role?
One of the best aspects of this job is that no two days are the same. A project at a certain site might take a few days or even a week to complete, and the work varies greatly according to the client’s needs and requirements. This keeps me on my toes and also keeps the job interesting and engaging.
What projects are you working on now?
I am currently working on Biggin Hill Airport just outside Bromley. They still fly Spitfires from the airport, which is an awe-inspiring sight.
The current taxiway is in need of a renovation. The site was formerly a huge Royal Air Force (RAF) base during the Second World War, and they still have some utilities running under the site from that time period which need surveying properly before improvement work can start.
What has been the most rewarding aspect since you joined?
It has to be learning a skilled-based job and honing those skills with this very progressive company.
What has been a challenge and how did you manage to overcome it?
The prospect of using unfamiliar tech like the GSSI & IDS Radar – ground-penetrating radar – was at first daunting to me. Thankfully, I have had excellent training and a few jobs have come up that has allowed me to improve my skills with this kit.
What has been the most useful advice you have received from more senior team members to date, and why?
Record everything you do on site with site sketches and photos. This could save you an unnecessary return to a site and helps the project move forward as quickly as possible.
What helpful information would you give to other recruits also looking to join Technics?
If in the office and you find yourself with free time, ask to take out equipment you have barely used and practice (practice, practice!).
How would you describe the Technics attitude to learning and development?
If you want to learn how to do something properly, don’t be afraid to ask. This is something I hadn’t experienced previously at a company.
The surveyors have all been excellent teachers. They always lead by example and are very patient with the trainees, no matter what level of experience they may have.
Some aspects of this job that I first found confusing when I started three months ago, have suddenly clicked into place. I feel confident and armed with new abilities, and even though I have a long way to go still, I am very excited about my future.
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