By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member Profile

avatar

AJS

“(set a status)”

offline Member Offline
County/State: Essex

More about me:

Left school aged 15yrs. to start an apprenticeship at a local company making industrial fans. This involved spending the first year in a training school making tools and learning to use machinery and hand tools. Following the first year, a program of working in each department in the factory was undertaken. This included machine, press, duct, assembly, and winding shops, service repair. and the foundry which cast aluminium. Pressure and gravity die casting. At that time the company made its own electric motors both AC and DC.

One day per week was spent at the local technical college studying C&G machine shop engineering and mechanical ordinary national certificate (ONC)

Towards the end of my training I spent time with the service engineer visiting many installations where the company's fans had been installed (by other contractors) and for various reasons were not working satisfactorily. This involved both mechanical and electrical work.  

When my apprenticeship finished I took the post of service engineer serving the whole of the London area, and beyond!

After three years or so I decided on a job change and joined Post Office Telephones as an exchange and repeater station installation engineer. This involved more study, initially doing a correspondence course for C&G intermediate certificate in telecommunications followed by day release training to complete the final certificate and then HNC electronics.

Many PO training courses were undertaken at Bletchley Park and Stone (Yarnfield) training schools. During my 30 years with the PO and later BT the technology was continually changing. I started by extending manual exchanges (customers phones had no dials or keypads) then Strowger, Crossbar, Electronic and finally System X data management.

Gratefully accepting voluntary redundancy in 1995, I returned to the Fan Manufacturers for a couple of years. Then found a job at the local Sixth Form College as a technician in a workshop with both metal and woodworking machinery. So back to where I started making things and helping students make things.

My interest at home is repairing clocks which sometimes involves making new parts, and anything else the family presents me with that needs attention.Car repairing has also figured with both my own and my families' cars. I also make a few tools and enjoy a bit of simple computer programming using assembly language. 

 

 

 

 

 

My stats:

  • 34 forum posts
  • 0 photos
  • 0 articles

Last online: 28/03/2020 00:07:38

Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Engineer or Model Engineers' Workshop? Use our magazine locator links to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Engineer & Model Engineers' Workshop

Latest Forum Posts
Support Our Partners
ChesterUK
Eccentric July 5 2018
Warco
Ausee.com.au
cowells
Allendale Electronics
emcomachinetools
Eccentric Engineering
Subscription Offer

Latest "For Sale" Ads
Latest "Wanted" Ads
Get In Touch!

Do you want to contact the Model Engineer and Model Engineers' Workshop team?

You can contact us by phone, mail or email about the magazines including becoming a contributor, submitting reader's letters or making queries about articles. You can also get in touch about this website, advertising or other general issues.

Click THIS LINK for full contact details.

For subscription issues please see THIS LINK.

Digital Back Issues

Social Media online

'Like' us on Facebook
Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter
 Twitter Logo

Pin us on Pinterest