Elmleigh Welcomes Richard Smith as our Newest Project Engineer

At Elmleigh, we’re always celebrating positives in our planning for future growth. Over the past few months, we have continued to expand our team to meet the growing demand for our automation services from customers in the parcel sortation and food and drink manufacturing sectors. We’re delighted to be able to welcome Richard Smith to the team as a Project Engineer, working under the wing of our Project Manager, Luke Holland. To help you get to know Richard a little better, we sat down with him for a quick 5-minute chat!

How did you get into the electrical installation industry?

I first started an engineering apprenticeship at a training centre in Coventry, as a way of avoiding having to go to university! However, I soon became actively interested in the process and projects involved, and worked my way up through various roles to get to where I am today.

What was the number one reason you joined Elmleigh?

I want to progress my career further into the project management area of electrical installations, and I know that Elmleigh will help me to achieve that, as well as will value the contributions I can add to their existing team.

Which aspect of the job as a Project Engineer are you most excited about?  

Being more heavily involved in the opening stages of an engineering project is really appealing to me, rather than just the final stages, as well as being able to put my vision forward for products and solutions.

What industry qualifications have you got or are working towards?

I currently have an HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Technical Support from my Advanced Apprenticeship, and also a C&G in Machine Safety. My next immediate goals are to undertake training for both SPA Food&Drink and SSSTS. Long term, my goal is to gain CMSE accreditation.

Tell us about an average day in the electrical installation industry, if there is one!

A typical day for me usually involves putting together quotes for projects, organising site materials, working with the installation teams, and communicating with customers and suppliers. There’s a lot to learn, and I’m always busy!

What keeps you busy when you’re not at work?

I always enjoy socialising with my friends, video games, and also listening to and performing as much music as possible.


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Cats or Dogs? Cats

Snow or Sun? Snow

Crisps or Chocolate? Chocolate

TV or Film? Film

Early bird or Night owl? Night owl

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