Meet Paul Jeffrey
Hydraulic Service Engineer Hydraquip Hose & Hydraulics Dundee
Whilst 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