George, 22, has worked as a laboratory technician at Code A Weld for the past 11 months, and was recently awarded the employee of the month title. We recently had a little chat with him to find out more about his time at Code A Weld and what he enjoys outside of work.
What does your work involve?
“I deal with test pieces from the inspection department, book jobs for inspectors and research the relevant standards to which tests need to be carried out for each test piece. I also deal with customer enquiries, informing and updating customers as the work progresses through the workshop and the laboratory. Along with this, I also help with invoicing and carrying out lab tests.”
I studied at the University of Southampton from 2011 to 2014 and obtained an undergraduate degree in Philosophy.
How was your Christmas break?
“My Christmas break was very enjoyable. It was great to spend a lot of time with the family and friends eating and drinking far too much…”
What are the challenges you face at work?
“Prioritising my work load and keeping up to date. I have to be thorough but efficient with my work to help achieve the fast turnaround times that the company provides. Keeping an eye on the progress of numerous jobs at various stages of completion throughout the office, workshop and lab is extremely important.
Best thing about working at Code A Weld?
“The people! I’ve made a lot of good friends in the short time that I’ve been here and the mix of personalities ensures that the days are never dull.”
How do you feel being rewarded employee of the month?
“It’s very nice to know that the company looks to reward employees for the work we do here, it’s a great motivator – and the voucher is a nice touch which came in handy at a very expensive time of year!”
How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
“I love sport, at the moment I’m playing a lot of football, and I like tennis, table-tennis and the occasional game of golf. I’m fan of Pool, darts and skittles as well. I’ll watch almost any sport if it’s on television. I listen to all sorts of music and I love live music - bands, DJ’s and anything in between. I’m a regular Glastonbury goer which is always a highlight of the summer – one of the perks of living here is that it’s just down the road. I also enjoy reading all sorts of things. Philosophy related, whether it’s academic or fictional. The professors who taught me at Southampton are involved in a lot of interesting research that I try to keep an eye on whenever I can.”
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