A WORKING DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ENGINEER AT ECOLUTION
Meet Josh Coomber, a plumbing engineer at Ecolution Group for almost 7 years
One of my most rewarding jobs was carried out at a house in Maidstone. We replaced some heat recovery units - which were costing the homeowner up to £1,000 per month - with ground source heat pumps, reducing the bill to about £40 per month.
Start of the day
My working day starts when I leave home in Swanley, Kent at about 6.30am. If I’m working locally, I need to be in position to start my first job at 8am. Thanks to the introduction of the ByBox at petrol stations and other sites across the country, the equipment and materials I need for the day will have been delivered to one of these storage units en route to my first job. It means I don’t have to tackle the motorway traffic in order to collect the equipment from Ecolution’s depot, which is around 12 miles away from my home.
Most of my work involves monitoring and maintaining renewable and energy efficient systems for social housing developments. I install systems such as ground source heat pumps, mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems; making sure buildings are equipped with the most up-to-date technology in order to function with maximum energy efficiency. I’ve been doing the job for 10 years. It’s a lot of work, and on a good day myself and my apprentice, who is with me most days, can service up to 15 unvented systems per day. Driving to and from jobs and being on 24-hour call-out can be a challenging aspect of the job. I’m one of about 23 engineers Ecolution employs, and one week in five will see one of us on 24-hour call-out for seven days. Call-outs can take us anywhere in the country. One job took me to Devon, for instance. On trips such as this, the company arranges an overnight stay at a hotel, which is essential.
There is plenty of job satisfaction in this line of work. As a qualified plumber, being able to restore hot water and heating to occupants who have been deprived of those basic utilities is immensely gratifying. One of my most rewarding jobs was carried out at a house in Maidstone. We replaced some heat recovery units - which were costing the homeowner up to £1,000 per month - with ground source heat pumps, reducing the bill to about £40 per month. The occupier was extremely grateful. There’s a creative element to the job. If water or heating can’t be returned to a building by conventional means, we have to think outside the box in order to arrive at an effective, temporary solution.
Ecolution is an extremely good company to work for. One Christmas, for example, the company ‘do’ was a four-day trip to Tenerife. In terms of career progression, I’d eventually like to take on a more senior role at Ecolution; perhaps as a Team Leader overseeing our servicing and call-out operation. Ultimately though, it’s great to be part of an organisation that is committed to providing green energy solutions and energy-efficient buildings for the benefit of the residents and the environment.