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Why use Asset Surveyor for your physical assets?

Why use us is a common question and often it comes back to who they used before. Rogue surveyors with little or no experience have been a problem in the industry often being hired due to price.

Yet it has been proven counter productive when we are hired to redo everything they have done due to poor quality and incomplete asset data collecting. The initial saving on the rates of the rogue contractor are lost as they are often disappearing into the sunset after payment is already made.

With ourselves we have a structured Asset Integrity Framework. You know exactly what we are doing and when. You can gain access to your data on a daily or weekly basis not awaiting a contractor to provide it to you several months later.

We partner with you to make sure you get the right outputs and objectives from your surveys. We are in Facilities and assets for the long-term and continue to develop our strategy, software and technology to evolve with the industry and pioneer new developments.

Another important factor is as as  contractor we have worked with many of the large Facilities Management companies as well as the majority of Asset Surveying companies in the UK. If you are looking for a cost saving as well as receiving the same or improved standard of surveying take into account that working with us directly removes a layer of expense. As well as giving peace of mind knowing we have been in Facilities for over 25 years and experience of surveying for over a decade with some of the largest organisations within the UK and globally.

Getting physical with your assets

Lets get physical with your assets

There is never a wrong time to start getting physical with your assets making sure that you know what you have, where it is and its condition. As well as its statutory and mandatory compliance.

Since the recession hit the UK market the investment in physical assets has significantly reduced. But also the monitoring of the same pieces of equipment. The potential risk of major failures has increased significantly due to the shelving of things like asset surveys.

Out of sight may leave things out of mind until something significantly fails. Several examples of equipment failures have brought about surveys in recent years. From a call centre that had no UPS system at all, to generators not switching on in power failure due to parts being removed for replacement several years earlier and not replaced.

These are failures more importantly in processes rather than the Assets themselves. The failure relating to the generator was down to a change of contract and no asset survey being undertaken for condition by the incoming FM company. The UPS system not being installed for a call centre was down to the company not ever carrying out a survey at all and this was an FM company themselves in their own building.

The value of physical asset surveys begins with receiving the data gathered. But prior to gathering that survey data you should be asking what do you want out of the survey to begin with. Did you just want a count of assets for an idea of what you have on site then filling in the gaps with onsite engineers? Do you want a survey where you know where and what every asset is as well as its lifecycle and compliance? although it all normally comes down to budget the reality is that you need to know at a minimum what assets you have then start building a picture from it.

Asset lists are the beginning of a contract, everything relies on that information from budgets to what skills are needed to who you need for the contract and how many. As well as which contractors are required to maintain specialist equipment. Without it you are running many risks from legionella to business failure risks.

Which is why its important to get physical with your assets and get your asset data not only up to date but build the processes to keep them up to date and educating staff on why its important. Designing entire processes for not only success but failure, an example of this was in a shadowing exercise with engineers I asked how they update the data in the asset register. They said they have been trying for years but it always gets kicked back and the wrong PPM’s are sent regularly. This is a failure and the problem with the engineers and their managers was the reliance on the call centre which was simply not updating the information because they didn’t have the authority to do so. Having a company champion responsible for the asset register they can become the central source of information but also the main point of contact when things aren’t working. This allows them to assess the situation and see how things can be adapted to make sure the asset register(s) are kept up to date.

Showing why its important to keep the information upto date is also extremely important. An example of this is regular failures of equipment. You could have a £200 motor that shuts down every week due to some internal fault. It is much cheaper to replace it than constantly having an engineer going to reset it. Simple things like this save contracts money but also allow data to show why the client should be replacing pieces of equipment due to lifecycle and also regular failures.

Ventilation Fan Axial Belt Driven

belt-driven-exhaust-fanThese types of fan are easy to identify due to the three many parts making it up. The firs being the fan itself with its blades, along with a separate motor and the final component being the drive belt that turns the fan itself.


They can also vary significantly in size and uses. Which also means when looking to add them to an asset list double checking they aren’t part of an extract system or something else is extremely important to avoid assets being added to a list twice.

Belt driven fan

Asset / Condition Surveying App


The new App we have produced pretty much does everything you would want from a survey from software. After surveying myself for nearly a decade I can understand the frustrations of poorly thought out or programmed software. Part of that problem normally comes from the developers not actually “surveying”. As such what they see as logical and easy can be awkward and time consuming for a surveyor.

Even taking a photograph takes time which is why I tell people to assess if they actually need the photos in the first place. With a camera on a recent contract it could take as long as a minute. This was down to a delay in the camera starting up, delay for flash to charge, delay for the camera to store the photo. Then transferring a photo number to paper and then adding to a spreadsheet later. Doesn’t sound a big issue to just “take a photo”, but when you add  that photo to 2000 assets that is 33.5 hours just to take those photos. Which is why I always ask the question “what is the added value?”.

So with that in mind and many other issues as you can see from the App it already has most of the problems solved. The rest come from adjusting your choices of data collection and methodical working. As the data collection of this App simplifies everything else.

Currently seeking FM Management role.

Matt Wilkie - Interim FM ManagerWith over 22 years in Engineering and maintenance I am currently seeking a new challenging role. Although currently employed full-time my current role doesn’t have the flexibility I require for my weekly commute.

I have recently moved my family from the Philippines to Spain to allow me to be with them more often. With Murcia and Alicante Airport not only having regular flights to the UK but also to multiple UK destinations, I was hoping the flexibility within my current contract would have been flexible enough to offer vision of upcoming work to pre-program and pre-book flights. As currently we work nationwide but often contracts are for months at a time. Right now though I haven’t got this visibility and as such has given me the opportunity to seek out employment elsewhere.

Ideally I am seeking a role that can be regional or nationwide. But does require me to be back to an international airport on Fridays for the commute to Spain. Although I am flexible in my working and as such normally accumulate over 50+ hours in a normal week not including travel. Traveling to Scotland last year would add another 12 hours to that 50 hour total.

If your looking for an experienced FM Manager who has worked on and operated at a national level, as well as managing asset survey teams internationally. With a strong engineering background and hard services then please get in touch.

For a full breakdown on my work history please visit my LinkedIn profile via the link below.


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Can anyone do asset surveying?

Matt Wilkie Asset Survey downtown Doha Qatar

Its often an expensive mistake when asset surveying is undertaken without the right people involved. Cost cutting often leads to finding anyone available to carry out the task. This creates long-term issues within contracts as often once the data is loaded people don’t update and correct errors.

But it also means your bid could be wrong, pricing wrong, skill sets of personnel wrong. You could end up with a gas engineer going to fix “heat pumps” on an air conditioning unit because someone unfamiliar with air conditioning and boilers has seen “heat pump” and assumed heating means boilers. The list goes on and on as I have seen contracts without HVAC engineers before due to people misunderstanding the difference between HVAC and Air conditioning engineers. When it comes to cost cutting and showing a client savings you could have fallen at the first hurdle by not creating an accurate asset list.

At the same time people should be aware that selling the value of the asset list to the client may actually recover the costs completely in carrying out the survey.  With a good asset list you can predict lifecycle allowing forward budgeting, energy savings, efficiency changes with new equipment, accurate skillset, identification of failures in current maintenance. Statutory and mandatory compliance in fact a whole host of positive data but it needs to be collected correctly in the first instance.

I have seen contracts where people “available” have been put onto carrying out a survey and the end result is many assets are missing, wrong types added, assets named the wrong items, documents produced being eligible and useless. With tight deadlines it can be impossible to correct which is why I recommend using people who specialise in the Asset Surveying field as although sometimes may seem slightly more expensive than using people you have available already. Long term though you will recover that cost and much more due to high quality data.

Welcome to asset surveyor co.uk

This is a short introductary video for the Asset Survey Co UK channel. I am Matt Wilkie and I have been working in asset integrity, asset surveying and the FM industry for over 20 years.

I aim to share information, hints and tips on not only asset surveying and Facilities Management. But also useful information and tips for things like Excel to help make daily life easier. But also introduce and review software and equipment that could be beneficial to the Facilities Management industry and Asset Management generally.

Condition surveyor available.

I carry out M+E and fabric surveys and although this is a bit of a plug i will also explain what a condition survey is to those who are unaware.

Matt Wilkie Asset Surveyor and FM Manager

When carrying out a condition survey its main focus is in identifying the condition of assets. In the Mechanical and Electrical condition surveys (M+E). This could be identifying things like has the maintenance been carried out and to an acceptable standard. Is the equipment operational and in good working order. How soon would the equipment last before it needs replaced.

Does the equipment sit in or out of scope? E.g. a contract may say all things are in good working order but you discover many items are failing or outside of compliance and regulations. E.g. an electrical isolator may be 50 years old but its replacement would also lead to an entire rewire from where it was originally fed. This needs to be identified as a risk and to be removed from scope or an adjustment in budget to cover its costs.

Fabric is similar because although its not pumps, motors and air conditioning. It does have things like periodic refurbishments and repairs. This means things like mold that can cause paint flaking and health issues are a problem. As well as ground movement cracking walls etc. which can often see written into a contract what is defined as a chargeable crack and what you should expect to absorb within the contract at no extra cost.

All these things affect building a contract for maintenance and as such its a critical part of renewing a contract or setting one up. It gives a realistic view of the business and all its assets as well as identifying any assets that are missing from the system completely.

How To Get A Job As A Surveyor

Matt Wilkie Asset Surveyor

How do I find a job as a surveyor in the UK? Is a question that crops up regularly on LinkedIn and I have to ask why?

Reason being is generally it takes me a couple of days to find my next contract and has done for over a decade.

I can understand people lacking experience struggling as from that perspective it is a hard field to break into. But I would also look at broader options and then work back to Surveying full-time.

For example there is often vacancies involving quotation and management roles within the FM industry. I have worked with some very large companies in the FM Industry including Carillion, Johnson Controls, Integral Services, Mowlem to name a few. Primarily though there is always good people needed. Not always the perfect role you wanted but at worst a starting point and a foot in the door. If your not into Facilities Maintenance I do believe its much harder in the construction industry these days due to the collapse of the market.

I generally stick to service and maintenance contracts which may seem small scale but my last project I worked on was $80 million. Most projects are at least £4million as its the organising, planning and development of FM services I specialise in these days.

But even for housing associations which are normally paying a lower end salary if you can get an interview and show your commitment and interest in the role you may get a look in.

Many people I have come across within social housing have been working towards “Becoming” surveyors and not actually skilled or qualified yet. This alone shows there is a demand within the social housing sector. But adding to that nearly every role I did for social housing had been vacant at least 12 months and the opportunity of permanent working was there if I wanted it.

I would recommend Hays Montrose or Venn Group for work within the social housing market. Both are agencies and both work nationwide. What I would ask though is how serious are you about working in surveying.

Reason being is that I move where the work is and always have, this has given me opportunities to stay in work while others say they can’t find any as well as continuity.

UK Asset Surveyor and engineering manager.

I have worked in the FM industry for over 20 years in various roles. I have attached my current CV below of projects I have  been on that most recently include Royal Bank of Scotland and Directline Group.

I am passionate about the work I do and have been working mainly in the FM Industry, Construction and Asset Surveying sectors. This has been for government, social housing and large corporations. I have lived and worked both abroad and in the United Kingdom and extremely flexible when it comes to where the work is needed.
• Work orientated and committed to completing the task on time every time and within budget.
• Client orientated to make sure all contracts run smoothly.
• M+E and Fabric condition surveys.
• Able to work on my own, part of a team or build a team nationally or internationally.
• Asset tagging.
• Compiling surveying data into useable Excel formats.
• Team management – I have trained and run multiple surveying teams.
• Cost book assessment and development for contracting costs.
• Maintenance regime development using SFG20 / existing or merged depending on requirements.
• SCOPE assessment and adjusting survey to suit.
• International experience (I have experience in Germany, UK, Philippines, Hong Kong, Oman, Qatar, Abu Dhabi).
• Experienced in Mobilisation, Transition and Asset Management.
• Working on national and international contracts from £4million to over £80million.

• DirectLine Group (M+E Surveyor)
• RBS – Mobilisation Manager for  Scotland Cluster Manager (Interim)
• NHS – (Asset Surveyor)
• Shell Oil – Qatar (Asset Surveyor)
• Shell Marketing – Sultanate of Oman (Asset Survey Lead)
• Shell Development – Sultanate of Oman (Asset Survey Lead)
• PDO – Sultanate of Oman (Asset Survey Lead)
• HM Prisons – (M+E Surveyor)
• AXA Insurance – (Fabric and M+E Surveyor)
• Siemens – (Fabric and M+E Surveyor)
• Orbit Housing Norwich – (Building Surveyor)
• Jephson Housing Swindon – (Building Surveyor)

Fahud Airport - Oman

Fahud Airport – Oman

Carillion Values Week - Southern Oman

Carillion Values Week – Southern Oman

Scotland Cluster Manager (Interim)

July 2014 – Present (4 months)Scotland

Cluster manager responsible for 33 sites within Scotland for Royal Bank of Scotland on behalf of Carillion PLC.
My responsibilities :-
• Implementation of statutory and mandatory procedures and guidelines.
• Health and safety documentation, procedures and requirements.
• Critical maintenance throughout the United Kingdom.
• Identification of business and health risk within contract.
• PPM regimes for 33 sites and allocation of resources.
• Introduction and refinement of FM processes and documentation.
• Recruitment.

Engineering Manager (dual role)

February 2014 – Present (9 months)Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Engineering Manager supports the implementation of the standards and service covering all Engineering Services. This includes guidance, advice, support, post incident reviews, audit management, resource optimisation and benchmarking services.
Strong teamwork and relationship management skills. Forming strong links with the Operational Managers and their field teams. Positively contributing to the performance, growth and profitability of the business.
Key parts of role:
•To support the establishment, implementation and maintenance of technical standards, quality system updates, reviews and service solutions to support the performance and profitable growth.
•To understand the Client, and Business requirements, and support and deliver solutions to meet and exceed needs contributing to the satisfaction of customer objectives.
•To ensure compliance with all statutory engineering and relevant company and client policies.
•To manage excellent relationships with all stakeholders including, our client, our suppliers and other partners within a region.
•As a member of an Engineering Team, to be an ambassador and key player ensuring high and consistent standards across the business.
•To support and lead in the provision of technical support to business incidents and failures during business hours and outside business hours.
•To support all the Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) associated with the role and as required within the contract.
•To regularly review the supply chain to ensure best value product and service is delivered.
•To ensure that records are updated as required.
•To support customer and company audits ensuring optimum results are achieved.
•To ensure engineering staff are suitably qualified and hold current certification.
•To be the controlling manager for statutory responsibilities, reviewing and updating as necessary.
•To ensure excellent communications across the field teams and other central support staff.

Asset Mobilisation Surveyor (dual role)


February 2014 – Present (9 months)Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Dual Role With Carillion as Engineering Manager and Asset Mobilisation Surveyor the role requirements as surveyor are as follows :-
• This role is home based with the requirement to travel and work nationally and internationally.
• Complete M&E asset verification surveys and reports.
• Provide lifecycle analysis of M&E assets.
• Conduct surveys and report on M&E asset condition.
• Audit and report on statutory compliance with regard to M&E assets.
• Liaise with external M&E consultants as appropriate.
• Manage M&E minor asset care projects.
• Assist in the management and measured delivery of contracted M&E PPM provision.
• Manage internal and external relationships including client, local authorities, service providers and statutory bodies with regard to M&E matters.
• Completion of portfolio of documentation detailing criticality of assets and suggested changes to existing maintenance schedules.
• Provision of an improved, cost effective, efficient service to all customers, both internal and external, through the implementation and monitoring of procedures, and show continuous improvement.
• Provision of support to operational site staff to ensure that their technical queries/objectives can be met and that cost effective solutions can be provided.
Experience, skills and attributes in this role:
• Proven track record of experience of SFG20 task and frequencies.
• Have an awareness of standard CAFM system operations.
• Clean driving licence.
• Computer literate, able to use word and excel to an intermediate level with good reporting skills.
• Proven history of performance based contracts.
• Able to identify cost saving and performance enhancing opportunities.
• Ability to lead from the front and seek to improve and enhance delivery of client services.
• Be self-motivated, client focused and dynamic.

Mobilisation Manager

April 2014 – May 2014 (2 months)Glasgow, United Kingdom

Mobilisation of West Scotland as part of a transition of maintenance contracts to Carillion for RBS.
Main responsibilities :-
• Assess maintenance regimes for statutory and mandatory compliance.
• Assess staffing levels needed to carry out maintenance throughout my region.
• Implement Carillion’s working practices and standards.
• Improve quality of service and identify maintenance and repair issues.
• Manage staff and make sure everyone follows company practices and procedures.
• Assess buildings for risks both financial and health and safety.

BPO 24 Hour Services
Technical Director
BPO 24 Hour Services

March 2013 – January 2014 (11 months)Cebu,Philippines

After returning from Oman and seeing a gap in the market for data processing of Excel sheets that not only needed to be converted from notes but cleansed I began BPO 24 Hour Services with my wife. Initially we started with a handful of trainee staff and using a small office that I had constructed when I returned from Qatar on another assignment. This progressed into purchasing a new building that could accommodate up to 100 staff. Over the year we not only bought and paid for the building from profit but also renovated and purchased computers.
My role was financial,technical and sales orientated to develop the business including learning all aspects of not only the networking but PBX system. Extremely time consuming and interesting to do something new.
The company is primarily engaged in the following activities :-
• Transcription services.
• Data processing and conversion from survey sheets.
• Secretarial and Virtual Assistant roles such as call management and appointments.
• Invoicing, time sheets and payment chasing.
• Data cleansing.
• Processing asset register data.
The business has now reached a stage where I can return to surveying full-time and allow my wife and her team to continue developing the business.

BPO 24 Hour Services - Call Center Cubicles

BPO 24 Hour Services – Call Center Cubicles

BPO 24 Hour Services

BPO 24 Hour Services

Asset Survey Manager For Shell
Carillion Alawi L.L.C.

October 2012 – March 2013 (6 months)Sultanate of Oman

Managing one of our asset teams and coordinating with Shell to arrange site visits as well as making sure the correct data and information is collected. Assessments of the conditions of equipment throughout the sites nationwide as well as checking both Scope and original asset information to confirm that the survey data we are collecting is correct for the contract. This is primarily used to identify key problems within the equipment and contract as well as to make the client aware of anything we discover during the surveys.
As data is collected it is then converted into a format that can be uploaded into a usable format for GENEVA which also involves a time of data cleansing.

Asset Survey Lead For PDO / Shell
Carillion Alawi

June 2012 – March 2013 (10 months)Oman

Trained and managed several teams of surveyors for Carillion Alawi on the Shell / PDO contract to gather a thorough asset list which covered both verification and condition surveys. This was for buildings and equipment throughout the whole of Oman, accommodation facilities and office locations.
• Assessment of SCOPE and adapt survey to requirements.
• Management of staff and training for surveying.
• Client management.
• Organising logistics and access to secure sites (furthest being 1000km from capital).
• Assessment of self delivery and work that would need to be handled by contractors.
• Assessment of staff numbers needed and equipment for contract.
• Built maintenance regime to bring standards up to FSG20.
• Assessment and adjustment of cost book based on budget limitations and staff requirements.
• Compilation of data for uploading into Asset Management program be it GENEVA or SAP.
• Identifying items not on the asset register e.g. generators that had been added recently.
• Identifying potential health and safety issues e.g. roof hoists.
• Life Cycle assessment.
• Asset Tagging and building of register.

Matt Wilkie in Oman at Fahud Aiport with the Asset Team

Matt Wilkie in Oman at Fahud Aiport with the Asset Team

Asset Surveying for Shell
Carillion Qatar

February 2013 – February 2013 (1 month)Qatar

Carrying out asset verification on buildings and facilities in Qatar on behalf of Carillion PLC for Shell. This involves inspecting all equipment on hard and soft services. To assess they are part of the contract and in good condition.
• Assessment of SCOPE and adapt survey to requirements.
• Carry out M+E survey on limited timescale.
• Carry out Fabric condition survey on limited timescale.
• Prepare documentation for handover including potential financial risks for contract.
• Identifying items not on the asset register e.g. generators that had been added recently.
• Identifying potential health and safety issues e.g. roof hoists.
• Life Cycle assessment.
• Asset Tagging and building of register.

Technical Director
BPO 24 Hour Services

February 2008 – December 2011 (3 years 11 months)Philippines

Primary role and function was business development and the technology needs for self delivery of the business. BPO 24 Hour Services is primarily an outsourcing hub which carries out several key support services for businesses and the FM / Surveying industry.
• Transcription services.
• Data processing and conversion from survey sheets.
• Secretarial and Virtual Assistant roles such as call management and appointments.
• Invoicing, time sheets and payment chasing.

Orbit Group
Regional Surveyor
Orbit Group

April 2009 – December 2009 (9 months)Norwich, United Kingdom

Surveyor for Norwich primarily dealing with long-term problems and general housing association needs. It was an enjoyable post that I relocated to Norwich to carry out.
• Void inspections.
• Repair inspections.
• Reduce existing back log of work.
• Work with contractors to improve service and delivery time.
• Deal with long-term issues e.g. collapsed water mains.
• Bring contract back within budget and improve performance.
• Reduce complaints by tenants.

Orbit Housing - Norfolk

Orbit Housing – Norfolk

Asset Surveyor

February 2008 – December 2008 (11 months)United Kingdom

This was a contracting role that crossed several contracts whilst undertaking surveying for Carillion.
The clients included AXA insurance, Siemens Turbines and HMP Brixton.
• Work Nationally.
• Work on my own and with other surveyors.
• Carry out condition surveys for Fabric and M+E.
• Assessment and flagging of critical items that may have a cost impact.
• Flexible working – Most work was done out of hours where possible to reduce impact on staff working in the locations as well as allowing a thorough inspection of buildings.
• Identifying items not on the asset register e.g. generators that had been added recently.
• Identifying potential health and safety issues e.g. roof hoists.
• Life Cycle assessment.
• Asset Tagging and building of register.

Jephson Housing Association Group
Building Surveyor
Jephson Housing Association Group

January 2007 – November 2007 (11 months)Swindon, United Kingdom

Surveyor for Swindon carrying out general repairs throughout my patch which also included Oxford and parts of the South coast of England.
• Void inspections.
• Repair inspections.
• Reduce existing back log of work.
• Work with contractors to improve service and delivery time.
• Deal with long-term issues e.g. collapsed water mains.
• Working within budgets.
• Dealing with flood damage in the Gloucestershire area to properties.

Jephson Housing - Swindon

Jephson Housing – Swindon

Johnson Controls
Senior Engineer
Johnson Controls

February 2006 – December 2006 (11 months)Birmingham, United Kingdom

Contracted as an onsite engineer responsible for the service and maintenance of all facilities. This included cooling, heating, electrical services, lighting and general fabric of the building. I was employed on a temporary basis to bring the building back up to standard and to also generate extra work from tenants within the building.
My main responsibilities were :-
• PPM’s on all M+E equipment including air conditioning.
• Carry out fire tests on smoke screens etc.
• Carry out repairs on damaged parts of the building.
• Call out duty.
• Work with clients in improving delivery.
• Quote and generate work outside of contract for extra value.

Millenium Point

Millenium Point

Integral UK Limited
Senior Engineer
Integral UK Limited

March 2004 – February 2006 (2 years)Birmingham, United Kingdom

I was responsible for repairs and maintenance on several contracts which included the following clients :-
• National Blood.
• Sainsburys.
• Matalan.
• NHS.
• Royal Bank of Scotland.
• Health and Safety Executive.
Although operating out of the Birmingham office as a mobile engineer I covered a large area as most contracts had a minimum of 30 buildings throughout the region. I was responsible for daily PPM repairs and maintenance as well as reactive maintenance. This role overlapped multiple skills including :-
• Carpentry.
• Locksmith.
• Electronics.
• Electrical.
• Quotations.
My work was extremely varied and I enjoyed the contracts. I worked on a call out rota as well as day to day working. Every day was different and call outs generally revolved around robberies needing emergency repairs. A very client focused role that I enjoyed thoroughly while with Integral.





M+E Engineer

April 2002 – March 2004 (2 years)Qinetiq, Malvern

Responsible for general maintenance at the Qinetiq site in Malvern, Pershore and Evesham. This role was primarily as a support role for the existing static maintenance team on site who were allocated specific buildings. The main site houses over 180 buildings on an area of approx 2 square miles.
Duties involved :-
• PPM’s for M+E
• PPM’s for Fabric.
• Small works to assist onsite projects.
• Reactive and responsive maintenance for all sites.
• Surveys and inspections.



Redditch Borough Council

June 2000 – April 2002 (1 year 11 months)West Midlands

Carpenter for repairs and maintenance on housing stock for Redditch council. This role was based on area working primarily collecting job sheets and working alone. This was a multi trade role covering several key skill sets :-
• Carpentry.
• Tiling.
• Plumbing.
• Fencing.
• Glazing.
• Kerb laying.
• Locksmith.

Exhibition Carpenter

August 1997 – December 1999 (2 years 5 months)Worcester, United Kingdom

Working nationally as an exhibition carpenter I transferred between exhibition companies as client contracts started and stopped. This role was self-employed with Hays Montrose acting as my agent alongside Team Up employment agency.
Main roles :-
• Design and build exhibition stands.
• Work to extremely tight deadlines.
• Work long hours (average working day was 16 hours 7 days per week).
• Travel where required as and when needed.

Purpose Built

January 1995 – August 1997 (2 years 8 months)Malvern

Purpose Built construct timber frame buildings and as a carpenter I would construct several timber frame packs per day. This also included not only the framing but also plywood, membrane, doors and windows to allow quick installation on site. Hard work but extremely good company to work for with a good work force until we were made redundant. The company was sold to Prestoplan and the name Prestoplan Purpose Built was formed. Although the work transferred to Preston.
Skills needed :-
• Able to read drawings.
• Physically fit to lift walls.
• Fast paced working.
• Carpentry and joinery.

Safety glazer
Bromsgrove Window Film.

October 1992 – December 1994 (2 years 3 months)Bromsgrove

Installing safety glazing for schools, hospitals and other government buildings throughout the West Midlands. Main responsibilities was working from surveys, installing a plastic film that stops glass from shattering and dealing with clients.

Alarm Engineer
A.S. Alarms

June 1991 – October 1992 (1 year 5 months)Worcester, United Kingdom

Although not left school I had a good electronics knowledge due to my father being an electronics engineer in the military. I originally started at A.S. alarms as a trainee but progressed to an engineer within a few months. Due to my age I wasn’t insured to drive a company van and as such I was given someone older to train on alarm installations and drive me.
My role involved :-
• Install alarm systems.
• Maintain alarm systems.
• Install CCTV systems.
• Install security lighting.

If your interested in using my services please email Matt Wilkie.