Meet James Grogan, an LV Generator Technician at ENWCML.
As part of our team of highly skilled technicians within ENWCML, James’s role consists of carrying our site surveys for temporary generators on customers site whilst LV works is already underway. He also services and maintains permanent stand by generators enabling the LV team to deliver a full-service approach for customers.
Read more about a day in the life of one of our LV Technicians here:
Name: James Grogan
Position: LV Generator Technician
What is your role at ENWCML:
This is a brand-new role within ENWCML and we are looking to grow the department in the future. My role consists of carrying out site surveys for fitting temporary generators on customers sites whilst we carry out LV works. I then work closely with the rest of the LV team to bring it all together as we all play a part in delivery. We are also now starting to service and maintain customers permanent stand by generators which is very exciting. This enables us to deliver a one stop shop approach for our customers. My role is to source parts and organise the logistics of servicing and load testing the generators. I also get involved in the LV works with the rest of the team. This involves everything from LV maintenance of switches and air circuit breakers, maintaining PFC units and carrying out thermal imaging surveys. We also carry out LV panel replacements and upgrades.
What is your past experience/background:
I started out in the Royal Navy in 2006 as a Marine Engineer. I joined the Royal Navy as a young 18 year old and completed my 4 year apprenticeship in engineering maintenance onboard a sea going warship. This involved learning everything from diesel engines to gas turbines to refrigeration plants and much more. I completed a total of 11 years in the Royal Navy but decided to leave due to not wanting to be away from my family anymore. I travelled the world and visited pretty much every continent. When I left the Royal Navy I worked for Aggreko for 4 years as a generator service engineer employed on the Scottish Power Energy Networks contract. I also travelled all over Europe working for Aggreko on the data centre generators. I then went to work for another generator hire company working on the ENWL contract for just over 2 years. This is when I applied for the job advertised for ENWCML.
What do you enjoy about the work you do:
I really enjoy the diversity of the role. The company have really invested a lot of time in training on other aspects of the LV work while the generator department gains momentum. I have a really good mixture of generator work and I’m also learning new skills from the rest of the LV team.
Is there anything that the industry must deal with that you can help to fix:
I think there are a lot of external workers within the generator industry and some people’s standards are quite low. I feel ENWCML are flying the flag for high standards across the board and this is another field we can move into and improve the standards for our customers.
Any previous work achievements which you are proud of:
I am very proud of my military service and the fact that I went to Iraq and Afghanistan and feel I made a real difference to the people out there.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? i
I have 2 young daughters (4 & 8) and they take up pretty much all of my spare time. We really enjoy going to our family caravan in the Lake District and going for walks with our cockapoo. I have recently bought a peloton exercise bike in an effort to lose a bit of weight so I have really been enjoying that for the past 12 months.