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10 Feb 2016

ABA in a Day – Michael Wylie, Technical Director

Technical Director Michael Wylie first started working for the family business officially in 1985 as an apprentice, but his career really started in school holidays, assisting in the workshop and igniting a lifelong passion for engineering. After a sabbatical to learn the millwright trade at Roberts Capsule and Stopper Co., followed by a stint as an installer at British Telecoms, Michael returned to ABA in 1994 with a host of new skills. He is now responsible for health and safety, environmental and ISO compliance, as well as ensuring that all staff have the correct training, equipment and competencies for day to day work.

If that wasn’t enough, Michael also helms the procurement process, giving the sales team the necessary technical input to ensure tender documents and the PQQ process are submitted correctly. Here’s what an average day looks like for him:

0600hrs – Wake up and check phone for overnight emails first thing, before getting ready and out of the door by 6.30.

0700hrs – Arrive at work, with time for a quick breakfast of a veggie/fruit smoothie – which sounds and looks worse than it tastes!

0800hrs – Respond to emails armed with a cup of tea and check the rota for any upcoming work that day, and in the near future, that needs input as the Technical Director.

0900hrs – Time to meet with the ABA Business Development Manager and the Contracts Manager to map out the day’s schedule and discuss urgent projects.

1030hrs – Back at the desk, any new emails have to be responded to.

1100hrs – With all correspondence up to date, the rest of the morning is dedicated to writing Risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) for forthcoming work.

1230hrs – Lunch is a sandwich to go, normally eaten at the desk while finishing off the morning’s work.

1300hrs – The afternoon is usually set aside for site visits to check on works in progress, or to carry out vehicle audits to ensure full external compliance.

1500hrs – Back to the office to send out instructions and work sheets for the ABA team for the next day.

1630hrs – Send out a few final emails and then it’s time to head home to cook with the family, catching up and eating something good!