Joe Grimstead

Joe Grimstead

Water Process Technician

Joe's job title is Production Technician at Wessex Water

What I do

I help make water clean to drink. I’m responsible for electrical, mechanical, and instrumental maintenance and repairs to water plants and equipment. I also am involved in process improvements to guarantee health and safety and water quality for customers.

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How I became a technician

A typical day in my
working life

A little more about
my everyday role

The best bits about working in a team

There are five of us on site. It's great. There's a lot of breaking down why something has happened and how we can fix it without compromising water quality. We have a laugh and good fun, but we also make sure the work is done to a high standard to keep the water going for our customers. I am trying to gain as much experience as I can working with the others in the team who have been here for a long time.

The most exciting thing I’ve achieved so far in my job

I was proud when I completed my apprenticeship. Getting a full-time role and a job at the end of the process has been really good. Wessex Water puts you through lots of different training as well. I've done confined space training, forklift training and working at heights. It has opened my eyes up to a lot more.

What I wear to work

We wear high vis jackets, steel toe-capped boots and heavy-duty trousers. The work clothes are important as it is quite a physical job - it’s a big site and there is a lot of walking.

The next steps in my career journey

In the future, I want to move into a management role if possible. My aim is to work my way up the ladder.

The advice I'd give to
someone younger

I wish I had done my apprenticeship earlier. You have the opportunity to get paid to work and get a qualification at the end of it. You gain experience and you have your foot in the door which puts you in good stead going forward.

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