Paul Slater

Paul Slater

Sign Maintenance Engineer

Name:

Paul Slater

Job title:

Sign Maintenance Engineer

A day in the life of me:

My day generally begins quite early. We start work on site at 8am, so dependent on where my first job is means that I often leave home at around 6am.

Before starting at Xmo Strata:

When I left school I worked for a plant hire company as a panel beater and sprayerCrew trained, Experienced and Equipped to spray sites. and moved onto working as a fabricator/welder.  These practical skills and a positive attitude to problem solving really helped me to make a career change to sign installation and maintenance engineer.

The thing I most enjoy about my job:

I work on a variety of projects with a great team.  I particularly enjoy sign maintenance projects as I get great satisfaction from going to a site where the customer is in trouble and leaving the site fully functional. I enjoy the problem solving aspect of my work and generally return home at the end of the day with a sense of achievement.

The thing I dislike most about my job:

Sign maintenance engineer, Paul Slater building a towerBeing on call at night and weekends can be a real pain at times, but I understand that to be a market leader, the company needs to offer this service to its customers; it isn’t so bad if everyone does the jobs that arise in their area!

Training courses completed while at Xmo Strata:

I didn’t have all of the required qualifications when I started at Xmo Strata so I was sent on training courses as soon as I started. Since starting here in 2005, I have attended the following:-

Safety Passport (UK PIA) refresher
First Aid and Fire Fighting
PASMAPASMA - Prefabricated Access Suppliers' & Manufacturers' Association. (For mobile scaffold users) (Qualification to erect mobile scaffold towers)
IPAFThe International Powered Access Federation. Scissor Lift and Self Propelled boom and van mounted cherry picker accreditation
CSCSCSCS - Constructions Skills Certification Scheme.
IPAFThe International Powered Access Federation. Harness Training
Asbestos awareness
Manual Handling
IIF (Incident & Injury Free) safety behavioural training

Why I wanted to work for Xmo Strata:

Paul Slater, sign maintenance engineer, taking a photo of a siteTo be honest, the last sign company that I worked for went bust and I just sort of fell into the job.  Xmo Strata was expanding and looking for experienced sign installation and maintenance engineers; I had the relevant experience and was looking for a job.

Now, I can’t believe my luck.  I worked previously for several sign companies who all talked about health and safety, but Xmo Strata actually delivers.  I enjoy being part of a company that takes its work, and the safety of its colleagues, seriously.

What makes Xmo Strata different to the rest:

I feel confident that with Xmo Strata I will never be expected to work outside my capabilities or put myself in danger to get a job done.  I trust in the company, so much so that I introduced my son to it and he is now training to be an Xmo Strata engineer too.

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