What company do you currently work for?
What is your name?
What is your job title?
Timber Frame Technician
Provide a brief description of your business.
Mass house builder, building homes throughout Scotland
Describe your career pathway after leaving school.
After school, I studied a HNC in Multimedia design before working in Gamestation/GAME and Three part-time. While working these part-time jobs I studied another HNC this time in Electrical engineering.
It was while studying my second year of Electrical engineering I applied for a trainee position as Timber frame technician at Springfield and subsequently got the job.
I have now been employed by Springfield for over five years, brought in as a trainee with no real construction knowledge, and working my way up to become an experienced timber frame technician. I am now working towards progressing to a senior position within the company.
What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?
Graphic Communication, English, Math, CAD, and a basic understanding of engineering in terms of loading and load transfer.
What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?
My favourite thing is designing a new timber kit from scratch. This involves taking an architectural drawing as a template and tracing around the house to form the general shape of the kit. From here I will draw sections through the house that will tell me my kit panel size, window/ door opening size, and other crucial heights that allow the house to be built correctly. The design can range from a very simple design to a fairly complicated design requiring some technical details all depending on the size and shape of the house. All this work is done using AutoCAD.
Why did you want to work in this industry?
I fell into this industry, but since working in it I feel it's a strong industry to get into. It's a forever growing sector with lots of opportunities due to the wide range of trades and job roles. It's always evolving so there are always new skills to learn no matter how experienced you are. Construction is a worldwide industry so there's no limits to what you can do and where you can work.
Did you ever want to pursue another career?
I was interested in Sports Journalism, I even did my work experience in school at the Northern Scot newspaper.
What does a typical day in your role involve?
My typical day involves issuing and designing kits for upcoming plots released for build by Springfield. Other typical tasks include; making sure my department's programmes are up to date so that we manufacture the kits and get them delivered to the site in time, this ensures no delays to the site. Other duties of my role include attending meetings on a regular basis and being in constant communication with engineers and architects to ensure the accuracy of drawings.
What skills are required to do your job?
Skills required to do my job include working within a team and individually where required, working to deadlines, problem-solving skills, computer literacy and good communication skills to speak to all manner of people in different roles. Being able to drive is also advantageous.
What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?
To embrace everything that comes at you. Don't be afraid to ask questions even stupid ones, the more enthusiasm and interest you show the more of this energy you will receive back.
It is an industry that does not require a university degree so it can be ideal for anyone not wanting to go to uni.
There's so much to learn and do and create a lifelong career from it.
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Here at DYW Moray, we'd like to encourage those of you who are employed in Moray to share your career story with us so that we can promote these to Moray's young people. Go on, share your career story now!