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A Day in the Life of Rick Withers – Maintenance Technician

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Wednesday 20th November 2019

A Day in the Life of …….

Rick Withers

Job Title

Maintenance Technician, otherwise known as the ‘Fixer of All Things’

When did you first start working at the CET?

1979, firstly as a volunteer and from 2012 as a staff member.

Name 3 previous experiences that have helped you in this role

Working as an apprentice shipwright; my Dad (who was a farmer) teaching me how to get an engine working and working as a process operator for Exxon Mobile for 40 years.

What has been your most memorable time at the CET?

Harvest time back in the 70s and 80s when the farmer used to provide cider, bread, cheese and onions for the workers.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned recently?

How to pour white metal to make a bearing for a 108-year old engine.

Where is your favourite place in the world?

My workshop at the bottom of my garden – I love working on old engines and woodwork.

What is your favourite memory of being in the outdoors from your childhood?

My father was a farmer so as a child I lived on a farm near Alton, Hampshire. I loved having lots of freedom to roam.

What is your favourite animal and why?

Dogs, especially Labradors and Jack Russells. I love watching them work.

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