All of the UK’s mobiles and phones rely on a network delivered through phone masts. Peter tests newly made ones to ensure they work perfectly – so we can all get on the internet and call home without any problems.
Peter didn’t know that he wanted to be Telecommunications Engineer, but he did know that he loved all types of technology.
“I had good A-levels and I was thinking about going to university to do an engineering course. But I found a job servicing mountain bikes. They’re highly sophisticated machines – just like motorbikes, but without engines.”
Starting out with bikes, Peter learnt lots of technical skills, like a keen attention to detail, that have led him to his current job.
Modern telecoms masts are extremely complicated pieces of equipment, with hundreds of cables and components. All of these have to be correctly mounted and fully operational before they can be used.
The day-to-day work requires Peter’s total concentration, a trait that he says his father spotted in him first. “He bought me my first Airfix Spitfire model kit and saw how silent and determined I was while making it”.
The way in which he works today isn’t much different. “You have to take your time, check all measurements carefully and keep everything spotless”. This work isn’t just something Peter does. It’s who he is – and he wouldn’t change it for the world.
Peter's career pathway
- 1993 Completed A-levels and left school
- 1995 Joined Pembroke Cycle Sports as a Mountain Cycle Mechanic
- 2006 Joined Hutchinson Engineering as a Rigger
- 2016 Promoted to a Telecommunications Engineer with Hutchinson Engineering