I am a very experienced (25+years) automotive and aviation fabricator, painter, welder and panel beater. I gained most of my skills within the RAF being awarded Corporal and running the Aircraft and Garage Body shop for a number of years responsible for 8+ technicians until leaving. Then I worked for several body shops and then a micro light / light aircraft manufacturer where I was involved in the research and development and manufacture whilst refining my fabrication, textile, wiring and welding skills on high tech products until company closed. I worked for many years at Renault Commercial body shop until a dream job became available at a motorsport team, which is now closing due to lack of sponsorship. I work without need for direction and pay close attention to detail with a systematic and logical approach, I have the ability to work to extreme deadlines without getting flustered, coupled with an excellent ability to communicate effectively from senior management to casual operatives. I have an energy, enthusiasm and commitment now rarely found in younger workers often working 12 hour shifts without break if required. I have been married for 33 years with a 11 year old daughter, positive outlook and never let life’s issue worry me.
Ÿ Fully qualified painter with 20+ years experience including Aviation companies (paint weights etc)
Ÿ Experienced in Handling of paints, Chemicals and associated materials incl all H&S issues
Ÿ Experienced panel beater and bodywork repairs including specialist and fiberglass repairs.
Ÿ Experienced in bodywork manufacture using composite materials i.e. GRP. Carbon fibre, etc
Ÿ High Quality Welding - all materials including Aluminum, Stainless Steel using all MIG, TIG
Ÿ Production of all types of Metal fabrication to Aircraft and Motorsport Standards, i.e. Aluminum etc
Ÿ Automotive Engineering from basic garage servicing to full engine and gearbox rebuilding
Ÿ Engineering - Experienced in using lathes, CNC machines and blueprinting techniques
Ÿ Motorsport Engineer -Full rebuilding, bespoke fabrication, suspension setups and braking systems.
Ÿ Senior Manager - Responsible for teams providing leadership, training, direction and support
Ÿ Calm and in control nature - Ability to operate under extreme pressure and time deadlines.
Ÿ Comfortable to access the internet, send emails and search and obtain information
Ÿ Qualified First Aider and Trained Fire Fighter
Ÿ Bell Baxter High School, Cooper , Scotland
Ÿ Five ’O’ Levels English, Math’s, Art , Metalwork and Technical drawing
Ÿ Qualified to Corporal in R A F School of Technical Training, Painting and Finishing, “Exemplarily”
Ÿ City & Guilds - Welding Crafts and Practices - Chippenham College,
Ÿ City & Guilds - Vehicle body repairs - Swindon college,
Ÿ City & Guilds - Motor vehicle mechanics - H M S Nelson, Portsmouth
Dec 2007 to present. Wessex Technology Group Motorsport. Yate, Bristol. (Historic Formula)
Currently working as Historic F1 Motorsport Race engineer. This is wide and varied role requiring huge attention to detail to ensure these high speed cars are safe and well prepared when reaching speeds of over 150mph. The role involves;
Ÿ Complete rebuild from ground up to fine tuning braking and suspension set ups.
Ÿ Designing, Welding and Fabrication of components, panels, tanks etc using high quality materials including thin stainless steel and aluminum.
Ÿ Fabrication and regular repairs of complex aerodynamic sections to complete whole body panels in fiberglass and carbon fibre materials are common place.
Attendance at weekend race meetings which often requires partial rebuild of historic racing cars from repair of panels to gearbox rebuilds well into the night ready for following days racing. 18 hours shifts not uncommon. (due rarely to component failure but more often “racing incidents” or “driver error”)
Feb 2003 – Dec 2007. Complete vehicle services - Commercial Garage and Body Shop (Renault)
His role involved many duties, both front and back of house;-
Ÿ Customer contact & production of estimates for repairs, estimating hours and parts required.
Ÿ Dismantling the broken and crashed vehicles minimizing the repair required
Ÿ Identification and ordering parts in advance,
Ÿ Preparing the vehicle and panels refitting and adjusting to ensure as manufactured operation
Ÿ Dent and bodywork repairs, priming, painting and detailing/finishing.
Ÿ Finishing the vehicle, valeting and then handing over the vehicle to the customer.
Ÿ Assisting mechanics and interior repairs, seats, hydraulics, electrical problems
The commercial vehicles ranged from car sized vans to 40ft+ Articulated Lorries and Motorhomes.
I repaired (as required) and repainted Swindon’s 11 recycling lorries almost single handed.
All work had to be within the estimated time to ensure each project made a profit and was finished to the deadline. This involved often working long hours and weekends, some unpaid to ensure deadlines met.
1998 to Feb2003 Pegasus Aviation, Wiltshire
Pegasus prior to its closure in wiltshire, manufactured from scratch micro light and light aircraft.
I was involved in all roles of the manufacture of the aircraft as a team of multi functional builders
The role involved;-
Ÿ Chassis manufacture, welding steel, aluminum and stainless steel from dimensioned plans
Ÿ Repairing customers damaged and crashed aircraft, fibre glass, including estimates etc
Ÿ Manufacturing including making the moulds for composite body parts using Carbon Fibre
Ÿ Production of wiring looms, and installation of instruments, checking operation and quality.
Ÿ Research and Development work involving producing test models and jigs for prototypes
Ÿ Textiles, Repairs and production of old fashioned textile covered gliders
1997 to 1998 Autocrash Ltd, Salisbury
This was a similar role to Complete Vehicle Services, accident repairs but on public customer’s cars
In addition to roles above it also involved JIG work, both “Light” and “Heavy” JIG work
1994 to 1997 Purton Motor Vehicle Garage.
This was a similar role to Complete Vehicle Services, accident repairs & painting to customer’s cars
1991 to 1994 Karina Historic and Classic Car Restoration’s, Calne
Specialist Classic car repair and restoration company. I started this company to continue after the forced closing of JM Classics (see below). This involved full restoration from scrap back to “concores”.
Cars regularly won awards, a Triumph Stag received the highest accolade of “Concores de Elegance”
Rare cars restored included last lotus 11 ever, now in an American collection, D type historic racer.
The company regularly restored;- E type Jaguars, MG’s, Triumphs, Mercedes, Montecarlo Lancias, etc, etc
This involved daily operations for restoration and repairs including;-
Ÿ Welding chassis for MOT’s and restoration
Ÿ Mechanical repairs including engine and gearbox rebuilds
Ÿ Repairing, remaking and fabricating new body panels and new parts, as new not available.
Ÿ Dealing with customers and their pride and joy, and being sensitive to concerns.
1987-1991 JM Classic Connections, Wootton, Bassett
This was joint collaboration with a partner, 50% stake. This company restored many cars very successfully and established a good reputation locally trading on repeat business and recommendation.
Unfortunately the partner had personal issues and emigrated with the companies money (and more) forcing the company into liquidation which meant I lost my house and left me with huge debts in depths of recession. (However I have moved on and recovered and have my own house)
PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT CONTINUED
1974 - 1987 Royal Air Force, Lyneham and Worldwide
Joined from school and started his technical training in Aircraft and MT Workshops.
Excelling in his duties and with clear technical ability and understanding and application of all the techniques, was quickly awarded rank of Corporal,
The main responsibility was to manage and be completely responsible for the running of the body shops at RAF Lyneham. This also included the Trade Training in Painting and Finishing for all new technicians/recruits who where selected for roles within these departments.
The roles duties where varied and where conducted at Lyneham and all over the world both in peace and war time, in all types of conditions which meant additional pressure to ensure vehicles and aircraft performed.;-
Ÿ Painting and Finishing Aircraft to Ministry AP standards,
Ÿ Painting to aviation weight standards, maximum paint weight for aircraft performance
Ÿ Repairs including war damage to aircraft ensuring highest safety standards
Ÿ Painting and Finishing to MT General transport including Tanks, Weapons etc
Ÿ Repairs to ground equipment
Ÿ Specialist Fabrics - making and repairing fabric materials i.e seats canvas lorry covers etc
INTERESTS AND HOBBIES
I am a very active person often rising at 5am to start work on my many hobbies before going to work
My hobbies and interest include;-
Ÿ Keen chef and do most of the cooking for the household as I enjoy cooking so much
Ÿ I enjoy gardening and keep the garden up together
Ÿ Play golf including competitions most weekends with my teenage daughter who is very good
Ÿ Previously raced mini sevens at castle combe and nationally.
Ÿ Help a friend with his race car preparation and attend 750MC race meetings with him nationwide
Ÿ Currently building my own 750MC Locost (cheap home built Westfield/Caterham type) racer for next season (fingers crossed)
AMBITION AND DRIVE
To do whatever I am involved in to the highest standard and quality so that I am happy with the result and that I can be proud of it as personal job satisfaction is extremely important to me.
If that means I need to work on, or go in at weekends to finish the job then that’s what I will do.
Personally I want to finish building my race car, funds and job permitting and get out to compete in a couple of races next year 2009.
Long term I would like to manage a workshop / body shop in a professional manner providing management, training and support to the staff ensuring work to the highest standards which is appreciated by customers, contract and public alike.