Airfield Maintenance Technician - A conversation with Paul
What did you do prior to joining Birmingham Airport?
I worked in building services at Barclays, prior to that I was self-employed, but most of my career was spent at MG Rover Longbridge as an Electrical Maintenance Engineer.
What attracted you to the role?
The opportunity to learn another side of electrical maintenance in the unique environment of the airfield/airport.
Tell us about your training?
Since being an airport employee I have received all sorts of training, from radio telephony to BTEC Aeronautical ground lighting courses. All to help me fulfil my role here.
So what’s a typical day for you then?
Well there’s plenty of planned preventive maintenance to be getting on with, approach lighting checks to ground power load testing etc. But it’s the corrective/reactive work which really gets the brain going.
What advice would you give for potential new recruits?
Everyone I've met since arriving here has been courteous and helpful, it seems to be the way here, and my advice would be to listen and learn and enjoy the environment.
So what do you like best about your job?
As most maintenance personnel would say it’s fixing things that are broken.
And what qualities are the most beneficial?
The airfield wiring methods are not that conventional in terms of electrical installations, so to work on these circuits has broadened my understanding of series electrical systems.
Are there opportunities to develop in your career?
Yeah, with the training already handed out it seems the company wish to enhance its employee’s for future roles.
What would you say to someone thinking about joining BHX?
Speaking for my department there’s a real team feeling, with everyone within the structure helping each other, you will be helped to fit in and enjoy your role at the airport.