Certified electricians are wanted, ten of them to work in UK coal industry, here's the details if your interested.
I am working on behalf of a UK coal mine. I have 10 permanent vacancies for MQB qualified electricians paying £36K +. As you can appreciate there are not many mqb qualified electricians active out there in the UK anymore. Therefore I am exploring all the avenues I can to reach people who would appreciate the opportunity.
Would you be able to point me in the direction of anybody that would be potentially interested in a permanent coal mine electrician job?
Thank you for taking the time to read my email and I look forward to your reply.
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Looks like UK coalmining is going to have an uphill struggle with the inability to fill skilled trades positions. The youngest fellers who qualified before the industry closed it's doors will be approaching 50 years of age, probably pretty settled in "new" careers and unwilling to go back down a pit again.. I believe a few of us remarked on this over a year back when it looked like the industry might start expanding.
that's right john the experienced men have either retired or found new careers.i don't think you would find too many willing to go back down anyway because i think the "being like a family" thing and the camaraderie has gone to what it was.As has been said before the NCB training was second to none and i find it hard to see this can ever be replicated,so i think they will struggle to find good men.
I'd also bet that the companies who want to start an underground coal mine in Scotland, Tata, and the owners of Hatfield not to mention the coal mine scheduled for Kent are going to find it extremely hard if not impossible to find experienced electrical and mechanical engineers to take charge of these projects.
Thatcher and the Tories really screwed up the UK's energy plans.
Seems to me like an ideal opportunity for some 'smart ass' to start translating the M&Q Mechanics and Electrician's Regs. into Hindi, Urdu, Telagu, Polska and Ruski.
Well I suppose they could do that, they could also lower the hurdles, as there are many heavy industry electricians and fitters who could do an underground elec and fitters job very well. We had a few steelworks electricians and fitters at Boulby, and they fitted in well once they got used to mining electrical equipment. They were highly trained by Brit Steel, well up to the same standards as NCB trained tradesmen. Oddly enough, we had one NCB trained elec who proved to be useless too and was let go on safety grounds, he just wasn't up to high production stress. Something I wasn't aware of until that feller "cracked". A blight on someone in the Industrial training branch of the NCB, how they missed him I cannot fathom, he certainly wasn't a "hands on" tradesman.
dazbt: My 'Mini Miner' avatar was posted 3 days ago, 35 minutes before yours, where's the rest
Jun 9, 2013 15:07:23 GMT -5
John: Mines the dam at Mammoth Spring, was built for the single unit generator that powered the town of Mammoth Spring for many years.
Jun 9, 2013 15:18:20 GMT -5
Wheldale: I like your avatar Daz, funny, I went to Caphouse today and took the same photo of my lad from the other end of the trepanner.
Jun 9, 2013 16:12:36 GMT -5
gazt: Hi all, found this site whilst trawlin through the net, I worked at the valley at the end as did my dad. got some pictures off me mam I will put up on here when I scan them onto computer. Me and me dad were Jacko and young Jacko.
Jun 27, 2013 12:44:34 GMT -5
shropshirebloke: For some reason I can't create a post from my computer at work, but here's a link to the DMM site with details of the Victor and other coal cutters:
Jul 8, 2013 8:32:00 GMT -5
shropshirebloke: Re. the "Mining Barograph" thread - could it have been used in place of a water gauge to record pressure in fan drifts, or differential pressure between intake and return airways, over a prolonged period? This would require a pipe connection.
Jul 15, 2013 8:46:11 GMT -5
John: I also thought of that one, never heard of it before though, but worth thinking about.
Jul 15, 2013 9:55:50 GMT -5
John: I'm more used to seeing a water gauge to measure the intake and return air differential pressure in inches on a true water gauge.
Jul 15, 2013 9:57:20 GMT -5
shropshirebloke: I know what you mean but I thought it might be a way of getting a continuous record over a period of time without someone having to stand there taking notes.
Jul 15, 2013 11:12:19 GMT -5
John: Still has to be recorded in the appropriate book and signed, can't recall the time periods though, too long ago now. But yes, it would be a permanent record on chart.
Jul 15, 2013 11:32:47 GMT -5
John: I recall the safety/training officer changing the chart and winding the instrument up and signing the chart every week at Angus Place Colliery, it was kept in the report room.
Jul 15, 2013 11:34:06 GMT -5
jimmarsh: John: Where are the photographs of the Boulby headframe changeover?
Jul 19, 2013 17:57:02 GMT -5
John: Or better still here not hear......LOL
Jul 20, 2013 8:22:47 GMT -5
Sam from Kent: Slightly off subject, but we had an undermanager who was nicknamed Danny Le Rue, as he had perfectly coiffured hair and always carried a comb underground. At any opportunity he would take his safety helmet off to comb his hair
Sept 14, 2013 8:27:26 GMT -5
John: There was an Assistant Manager at Clifton who was nicknamed Cynthia because of his lisp, of course he was the butt of lots of jokes, mostly behind his back.....Back in the 60's it was too easy to get fined...
Sept 17, 2013 9:24:40 GMT -5
John: I recall end of a dayshift, waiting in pit bottom for a ride out, huge queue of miners, and "Cynth" walked past everyone to get the officials ride, and someone shouted "Hello Cynthia" with a broad lisp....
Sept 17, 2013 9:27:00 GMT -5
John: Of course the whole dayshift were rolling around laughing. Cynth shouted "Who said that, fine that man five pounds" Of course no one owned up....Just brought more tears to our eyes..
Sept 17, 2013 9:28:38 GMT -5
rac: we had an undermanager who was nicknamed "dog breath" and during the 84/85 strike every time he drove through the pit gates the pickets used to bark at him-brilliant!!
Dec 4, 2013 11:41:38 GMT -5