Chris Culver


Meet Chris Culver

Hydraulic Service Engineer – Exeter

When I was a kid growing up on my parent’s dairy farm I spent my time before and after school helping to look after the cattle. It became my dream to become an Agricultural Engineer so after finishing school I enrolled on a 3 year course in Agricultural Engineering at Lackham College in Chippenham. Included in the course was one year working as an apprentice for John Deere and it was during this year of experiencing the reality of life in the industry that I came to the realisation that a career in agricultural engineering wasn’t for me. However, I still held a keen interest in engineering as a whole, which compelled me to find work as a structural engineer.

As a result, I took a job at Snashall Steel Fabrications Co Ltd., where I worked for three years, fabricating parts of buildings. During my time there, I had the opportunity to work on a number of famous, large scale projects including the Cribbs Causeway Shopping Centre in Bristol and the Eden Project in Cornwall, where I helped to build the structural steelwork for the domes. Despite all of the time I spent working on the Eden Project, I still haven’t been to visit it since its completion! That was the one aspect of structural engineering I didn’t enjoy; being unable to see a project through from beginning to end as I was only involved in certain sections of it.

With this in mind, I left Snashall in order to work for Abbey Hill Transport Engineering, building car transporters, which is how I began my career in hydraulic engineering. After 6 years, in 2003 I left to pursue a career at Pirtek Exeter as a mobile sales and service technician which I loved as it is such a satisfying feeling to help people through the service that the company provides and be able to make a difference when I have repaired customers’ machinery, meaning they can carry on with their day. We are like the AA for diggers! Throughout my time at Pirtek I did get promoted to senior sales and service technician, however after working at Pirtek Exeter for 13 years, I decided to join the team at Hydraquip with my fellow Pirtek engineer Mick Phillips as I felt it was time for a change. We approached Duncan MacBain, the Managing Director of the Hydraquip Group who conducted the interview himself which I didn’t expect as with the majority of large companies you would rarely be given the opportunity to meet the company’s Director in person. I appreciated the friendly added touch. Duncan hired both myself and Mick to cover the Exeter area and we started working for Hydraquip on the 1st of November 2016. They welcomed us with an invitation to visit to the Braided Hose Division in Rochester where hundreds and thousands of braided hose assemblies are manufactured every day. It was a real eye opener since, as mobile engineers, we aren’t often able to see this side of the business. It’s great to have more knowledge on the whole group and the vast amount of products and services we can offer. I am really enjoying working at Hydraquip, I feel more enthusiastic about my work these days and I relish the challenge of providing an excellent service to all of my customers whilst increasing the coverage of the 24/7 On Site Hose Repair Service to Exeter.

As a person I’m a perfectionist, I believe if there’s a job that needs doing it should be done right, which helps me in my work as it requires precision. I also pride myself in helping people, for example, on the way to work last Winter I witnessed a woman spin her car on the ice so I stopped to help her out. I always try to think out of the box to help people, if any of my customers ask me for advice concerning their machines that are malfunctioning I will try to suggest a solution even if the problem isn’t related to hydraulics.

I have been married to my lovely wife Lydia for 14 years and we have two handsome sons Jacob, 14 and Oliver, 8. As a consequence of growing up on a farm I have always been the outdoor type so whenever I am able to go on holiday I choose to camp in the New Forest with my family and my dogs. Camping is ideal for us as it’s something we can include the 3 dogs in, I wouldn’t want to leave them behind as I consider them as part of the family and enjoy walking them in my spare time too. My hobbies are also outdoor activities, such as fishing and kayaking which I became interested in due to living so near the sea. We lived in Yeovil for 12 years before moving back to Bridport in Dorset, the home of the Jurassic Coast as it is Lydia’s home town.

Thursday 25th May 2017

Meet The Team

04.08.14Duncan MacBain
05.08.14Steven Wicks
06.08.14Dawn Campbell
08.08.14Gary Tucker
11.08.14Jay MacBain
12.08.14Rabs Atwal
13.08.14Simon Kay
14.08.14Stuart Spurdle
15.08.14Geoff Kelley
19.08.14Bob Wheatley
20.08.14David Callaghan
21.08.14James Roth
22.08.14Barry Saupin
26.08.14Carolyn Kay
27.08.14Alan Scott
28.08.14Amelia Cregan
29.08.14Fintan Ennis
01.09.14Mark Neale
22.09.14James Harris
07.10.14Tony Brighton
20.11.14Ross Burbidge
26.11.14Andy Carr
17.12.14Bert Tong
19.01.15Barry Thompson
20.05.15Tom Halliday
20.07.15Lee Dobson
02.10.15Pete Russell
19.11.15Lee Newton
19.11.15Elfyn Roberts
04.01.16Steven Nock
04.01.16Stuart Carter
04.01.16Nathan Ward
13.04.16Matt House
14.06.16Richard Sawyer
01.11.16Dave Berry
01.11.16Paul Jeffrey
01.11.16Bryan Drummond
08.11.16Scott Donegan
10.11.16Tom Donnelly
14.11.16Rich Cooper
02.12.16Mark Hughes
22.05.17Roy Heaton
25.05.17Chris Culver
31.01.18Rob Savage
12.02.18Derek Emslie
15.02.18Phil Wagstaff
23.02.18Alex Currie
18.05.18Rob Heaton
22.05.18James Dorling
22.05.18Kyle Green
22.05.18Ben Richards
22.05.18Matthew Davies
22.05.18Craig Cormack
22.05.18Simon Durose
22.05.18Ross Heatherington
22.05.18Jamie Basden
23.05.18Gary Matthews
23.05.18Josh Lewington
23.05.18Jake Hillier
23.05.18Jason Coller
23.05.18Angela Hughes
25.06.18Dai Hazeltine
18.07.18Ben Preece
01.08.18Ryan Tozer