Thomas Fyfe

Thomas Fyfe

Composites Technician

Thomas’ job title is Composites Technician for Princess Yachts

What I do

I make components for yachts that are being repaired or built, using composite materials and resins.

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How I became a technician

A typical day in my
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A surprising fact about my job

A lot of the focus is on making materials more sustainably. All the resins are thermo-set, so they can be remelted and reused, so we are already recycling those. There’s a lot of investment in this area of work, and we are at the cutting edge of the future of composites, which I really like. We’re also looking at using more natural fibres like flax, which haven’t really been explored yet, so there are lots of opportunities for the future.

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my everyday role

What I love most about my job

The end product! Composites is a massive part of how that component can be produced. You must keep your eyes on what you are building - I like the intricate work and the sense of satisfaction when you turn drawings into a finished part. I also enjoy using the CAD software and hope to do more of this in the future.

The best bits about working in a team

Everyone has their role to play. A lot of the technicians work on a line, so we have a specific target area which we are making a component for, such as the hull or the deck structure, and we all help each other when needed.

The next steps in my career journey

I would like to learn more about the design side of the composites, using the CAD design tool more and looking at the processes for making composites.

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