Jake Hillier


Meet Jake Hillier

Hydraulic Service Engineer – Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics Strood

I worked as a car mechanic before joining the hydraulics industry. A friend of mine worked for Pirtek Greenwich in London and told me of a vacancy they had for a mobile sales & service technician role. With a basic knowledge of hydraulics, I applied and got myself the job. After attending the Pirtek training course I was straight out on the road.

I worked at Pirtek Greenwich for 3 years and in that time I was promoted to senior fitter. This meant that every time Pirtek Greenwich hired a new fitter, they would go out on the road with me and watch me carry out the repairs on a breakdown. Then I would get them to work on the repairs whilst watching them and giving them advice.

I recall working on the biggest piling rig in the UK. The rig was flown from Austria and the Austrian fitter flew over with the machine. I was tasked to work with the Austrian fitter to install the hydraulic system onto the rig. There was a combination of 1/4” up to 3/4” hydraulic hose assemblies.

Another project involved me working at the Greenwich Pumping Station. I worked on 8 fuel pumps which were secured in a control room. These 8 fuel pumps control 8 jet engines which worked at 2000psi and operated the power gas turbines, pumping a tonne of fuel every minute. I used hydraulic hose assemblies from 5/8“ up to 1” with both bsp and metric fittings.

I am excited to go out on the road with a new Hydraquip Mercedes Sprinter van based at Hydraquip Strood. The drawer system means my fittings won’t be flying around in the back, with the different hose reels secured and fitted onto racks. The good thing about this workshop layout is that I have enough space to work in my van too.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Meet The Team

04.08.14Duncan MacBain
05.08.14Steven Wicks
08.08.14Gary Tucker
11.08.14Jay MacBain
12.08.14Rabs Atwal
15.08.14Geoff Kelley
19.08.14Bob Wheatley
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
26.11.14Andy Carr
17.12.14Bert Tong
19.01.15Barry Thompson
20.05.15Tom Halliday
19.11.15Lee Newton
19.11.15Elfyn Roberts
04.01.16Steven Nock
04.01.16Stuart Carter
04.01.16Nathan Ward
13.04.16Matt House
01.11.16Bryan Drummond
08.11.16Scott Donegan
14.11.16Rich Cooper
22.05.17Roy Heaton
31.01.18Rob Savage
12.02.18Derek Emslie
15.02.18Phil Wagstaff
18.05.18Rob Heaton
22.05.18James Dorling
22.05.18Simon Durose
22.05.18Ross Heatherington
23.05.18Gary Matthews
23.05.18Josh Lewington
23.05.18Jake Hillier
23.05.18Jason Coller
25.06.18Dai Hazeltine
01.08.18Ryan Tozer
07.11.18Gavin Rodgers
03.04.19Craig Pottie
03.06.19Alex Day
14.06.19Kelly Owen
17.07.19Andy Payne
01.08.19Jeff Coulson
02.09.19Leon Simmons
22.01.20Sam Bird
31.01.20David Callaghan
03.02.20Kane Upton
05.08.21Steve Jackson