Meet Rob Berridge EngTech MCIPHE
What do you love about your job?
Constantly thinking about how to do things better.
How did you get into the industry?
I worked at a plumbing merchants when I was 16. That’s the best way of getting the knowledge of what you’re going to be installing.
How did you get into your current role?
I had an accident and had to come off the tools. I’d worked on big plant installations, but I had to learn computer-aided design and pipe-sizing velocity. To get respected when you go into a company there’s a lot you have to know. At the trial for my first job I spent an hour in the plant room. I made four pages of notes but only got halfway down the first when I was told I’d got the job – the others had only been in there 10 minutes and just proposed like-for-like.
What’s the most interesting thing that you’ve learned?
The industry has got no cohesion. There’s plenty of people at the coalface but the lobbyists have had it their way for far too long.
What are the benefits of a CIPHE membership?
I’ve been a member for five years. I got into it after I came off the tools – it’s about giving something back.
Would you do it all over again?
I absolutely love the industry. I would go into design again, but not the tools; it’s become so competitive in terms of costing jobs that corners are being cut and I don’t think customers are truly getting value for money.
Have you got a standout moment?
I’ve just designed for the Plantasia Swansea. It’s an eco-forest in the middle of the city. It’s 1km sq in size. They’d over-specified the heating system. That was really interesting.
Tell us something people don’t know about you
I play guitar and bass. I was semi-professional for 10 years; I was unloading the tools from the van then loading up the music gear and doing a gig for 50 quid. Now it’s for pleasure. I’ve got my own recording studio at home.
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This article first appeared in the Mar/Apr 2020 issue of P&H Engineering, the magazine for members of the CIPHE. Find out how to join here.