Name: Ricky Woodman
Job title: Site Engineer
Time at Jehu: I’ve been at Jehu for the last three years. I did a civil engineering degree at Swansea, then spent some time travelling, before joining the industry as a trainee engineer.
What do you do in your role?
As a site engineer, I essentially convert a design into reality. I’m responsible for marking out the site, making sure designs are applied correctly, ordering materials, managing sub-contractors and liaising with the client.
How has Jehu supported you?
We have a PDR every six months where professional and personal targets are set. We are each assigned a manager who helps us to achieve these targets. Over the last three years, I’ve done a number of courses, including a Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course.
As well as supporting my professional development, Jehu has been really supportive of my involvement with CIOB (the Chartered Institute of Building). I sit on the Novus committee, which is geared towards the next generation of the construction industry. Thanks to Jehu’s support, I have organised site visits for my fellow members, held meetings at our offices, entered student challenges and arranged and attended school visits.
What do you love about working at Jehu?
There’s such a good team here, which I really love. There is no one within the team that I couldn’t pick up the phone to if I had a problem. It’s an exciting time for the company, it’s really stepping up its game and growing, which is great to be a part of.
I enjoy the variety of work. Every job is different – whether it’s the type of work, a different client or a different method of construction. It’s meant that I’ve been able to get lots of different experience.
I also love the community and social aspect of working here. In the last year, I’ve taken part in our annual charity triathlon, slept in a cardboard box as part of homelessness charity Llamau’s Sleep Out at Cardiff City Stadium, and attended a fundraising music gig organised by our director Simon, to name just a few things.
What’s your proudest achievement?
I think I’m proud of all the experiences I’ve gained and challenges I’ve overcome since working here at Jehu. While I had a degree when I started, I didn’t have much practical experience. But through the different projects I’ve been involved with, I’ve really developed my knowledge.
In terms of a project I’m proud of, it would have to be working on a sheltered housing scheme in Rhydyfelin for housing association Trivallis. It incorporated different materials, trades and methods of construction and the finished product is a real hub for the local community.
What’s your best quality?
I’m a real team player and get on with everyone. Out on site it’s such a team effort so this is really important.
One of Jehu’s values is ‘innovation’ what does it mean to you?
It means working with the latest, top of the range equipment. In my role, I use a robotic total station and EDM – electronic distance measurement – both of which are really innovative equipment. While I could do my job without them, I wouldn’t be as efficient or effective.