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11 November 2016 – Moving on to Miller’s

John Francis AGM
John attended TICA’s AGM at York in September.

After my time with Western Thermal I went back to TICA House; completing more of my workbook and having my Tech Cert objectives left to complete.

During this training block I developed and produced flange/valve boxes, which I have also fitted onsite. I was also set a team challenge within the class – the two others on my team and I were giving a rig with different insulation and different finishes.  The specification could be completed however we thought best, as long as it was completed in the allotted time.

Moving on through my work book I was also given the joint challenge with another class mate who has also finished their workbook. We were given the challenge of using previous skills learnt, such as erecting scaffolding to get at ducts which needed to be lagged using slab formats and duct wrap. The slabs were used on the square ducts to create a square effect, and the wrap was used on the circular spiral this makes it a lot easier and it also looks a lot better. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to the training centre as I missed some of the time last time, but I managed to get caught up and get back on track.

Since training at Darlington, I have now moved on to my placement with J S Millers who are based in Leeds.  I started my week by working on a fire station boiler refurb finishing the bits that were left.  This included fibrous sections, metalwork and fitting identification tags to the pipework to make sure it was complete, following this I then moved onto a primary school job in London.  This included venture cladding – a specification I have done before on site and although it took me a while to get used to it I found that taking my time to produce the best finish is the best approach!

My placement with Millers is very different as it is the first time I am lodging with someone as well as working with them.  It’s probably something I will do in the future, but for the first time it was very unusual for me!

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