Paul Jeffrey

Meet Paul Jeffrey

Hydraulic Service Engineer Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics Dundee

Paul Jeffrey Hydraulic Service Engineer Hydraquip DundeeWhilst at school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as a career, but when I left school at 18 I had the opportunity to join the British Army and complete a mechanical engineering course, I thought it sounded really exciting and something that I would enjoy. I completed my City & Guilds course being assessed on both theory work and on site. I learned how to service and maintain all types of vehicles including motorbikes, cars, vans, trucks and even complete hydraulic systems. After this I worked in the tank regiment as a driver and operator of battle tanks. I did this for 4 years in total and really enjoyed my time in the British Army but decided to look for a different job and settle into civilian life.

In 2002 I met my wife who was studying at University at the time so I started working for Royal Mail as a postman. I worked as a postman for 2 years as a stop gap before re-joining the mechanical engineering industry I had worked in previously. In 2004 I had an interview and was accepted for a job at Shore Recycling as a Process Line Operator. My role involved completing maintenance tasks on the company vehicles and preparing them for the day ahead, ensuring they were all serviced and in full working order. Shortly after I joined Shore Recycling it was purchased by Viridor Waste Management and I became a Maintenance Engineer. I was now in charge of the whole maintenance department and it was our job to rebuild a new plant. I was heavily involved in the total rebuild of the branch including building new machinery, cleaning and servicing of the machinery and ordering spares. I already had a lot of previous experience on the mechanical aspect of the job from my time in the army but this new role enabled me to progress and learn more about managerial tasks, time management and computer based maintenance management systems. I eventually progressed to managing the multi million pound firm!

In 2014 I decided I wanted to try something new and pursue a role where I could be more hands on. Whilst working at Viridor if we had any hydraulic breakdowns, Pirtek Dundee would be our first port of call, meaning that over the years I got to know the Depot Manager Dave Berry, who is now the Branch Manager at Hydraquip Dundee, and the engineers there very well. One of the guys told me that they were looking for another hydraulic engineer at Pirtek Dundee so I contacted Dave, visited the branch for an interview and got the job! I completed a City & Guilds qualification in manufacturing hydraulic hose assemblies when I began working at Pirtek Dundee and then was out and about on site repairing hydraulic machinery. I enjoyed working as a hydraulic engineer and felt great satisfaction at arriving to a site where a piece of machinery was broken down and not working, and then leaving shortly after with everything working as it should.

In 2016 myself and my colleagues at Pirtek Dundee arranged to meet with Hydraquip’s Managing Director, Duncan MacBain to discuss a mutually beneficial opportunity for all of us. I was already aware of the Hydraquip Group within the industry and after speaking with Duncan I was very excited about the prospect of working for such a forward thinking and proactive company. On 1st August 2016 myself, Branch Manager Dave Berry and fellow engineers Bryan Drummond and Chris Horsburgh began working for Hydraquip with a view to expand the group’s coverage and open a branch in Dundee in the near future. Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics Dundee is now fully functioning and I am enjoying working at Hydraquip as a hydraulic service engineer. I think that the company feels fresher and more open to change, with new ideas being listened to, tested and trialled in order to improve customer service and efficiency for the staff. The vans that the engineers work in are great too, they are a lot more modern than previous ones I have worked in with a wide range of stock, often tailored to suit individual customer’s needs. We also have a racking system which means we can quickly and easily find the correct fittings or components needed for a job without having to hunt through bags of different components which can be a pain!

I am married with 2 children, 1 boy and 1 girl. In my spare time I enjoy fishing and shooting which I have enjoyed since I was about 8 or 9 years old. I do this once or twice a month depending on the season with my friends or family, usually my Dad. My son sometimes comes too as he has started to become more interested in fishing and shooting too. We have a English Springer Spaniel called Zack who we take along with us when shooting too, he is our pet but also a working dog. I also enjoy spending time with my family, we like to go for walks, take the children to the play areas, go shopping and watching films at the cinema.

Tuesday 1st November 2016

Meet The Team

04.08.14 Duncan MacBain 20.05.15 Tom Halliday
05.08.14 Steven Wicks 20.07.15 Lee Dobson
06.08.14 Dawn Campbell 02.10.15 Pete Russell
08.08.14 Gary Tucker 19.11.15 Lee Newton
11.08.14 Jay MacBain 19.11.15 Elfyn Roberts
12.08.14 Rabs Atwal 04.01.16 Steven Nock
13.08.14 Simon Kay 04.01.16 Stuart Carter
14.08.14 Stuart Spurdle 04.01.16 Nathan Ward
15.08.14 Geoff Kelley 13.04.16 Matt House
19.08.14 Bob Wheatley 14.06.16 Richard Sawyer
20.08.14 David Callaghan 01.11.16 Dave Berry
21.08.14 James Roth 01.11.16 Paul Jeffrey
22.08.14 Barry Saupin 01.11.16 Bryan Drummond
26.08.14 Carolyn Kay 08.11.16 Scott Donegan
27.08.14 Alan Scott 10.11.16 Tom Donnelly
28.08.14 Amelia Cregan 14.11.16 Rich Cooper
29.08.14 Fintan Ennis 02.12.16 Mark Hughes
01.09.14 Mark Neale 22.05.17 Roy Heaton
22.09.14 James Harris 25.05.17 Chris Culver
07.10.14 Tony Brighton 31.01.18 Rob Savage
20.11.14 Ross Burbidge 12.02.18 Derek Emslie
26.11.14 Andy Carr 15.02.18 Phil Wagstaff
17.12.14 Bert Tong 23.02.18 Alex Currie
19.01.15 Barry Thompson