Richard Pegg (Electrical Engineering Manager)
Starting out as an apprentice, Electrical Engineering Manager, Richard Pegg, has developed with us through a number of roles.
We caught up with him to find out what it’s like to work in the mines.
Tell us about your career at British Gypsum so far.
I initially went to university to study for an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree but towards the end of my first year, I decided that I wanted to take a more hands-on route that combined on-the-job training with classroom learning. Luckily, British Gypsum had an opening for an Electrical Apprentice at Fauld Mine. I applied for the position and thankfully, I was successful. I went to college one day a week and worked on site the rest of the time, which was great for me to gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
Upon completing my apprenticeship, the company wanted to keep me on and from there I became a Shift Electrician and then an Electrical Team Leader, before progressing to Electrical Maintenance Manager. I was appointed Electrical Engineering Manager in 2012, giving me more leadership and responsibility in the field of electrical engineering, which I enjoyed most. I have been at Fauld Mine for the last 14 years, developing through a number of different roles. It just goes to show that there are lots of opportunities to progress within British Gypsum and I am very happy to still be here.
What does your current role entail?
I am responsible for anything electrical on site, whether that is planning and installing new electrical equipment, routine maintenance, equipment inspections, unplanned stops and defect management. My role is office-based but I manage a team of four Shift Electricians who work underground in the mine, so I plan and review their workload on a daily basis. I also arrange works carried out by external contractors, plan electrical jobs and manage bigger projects. The role is very diverse and no two days are the same, it is a challenging but rewarding job.
How has British Gypsum supported you in terms of training opportunities?
Over the years I have participated in a variety of electrical training courses specific to my job roles, including health and safety awareness and high voltage operational safety and switching courses. The company also invests in general training opportunities such as Permit to Work, Risk Assessments, First Aid and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) which are very beneficial.
What is it like to work at Fauld Mine?
There are only five of us in the Electrical department, so we are a tight-knit group. We regularly challenge one another but we work well together as a team, which is important in order to perform efficiently and effectively. As I am based in the office, I also sit with the Mechanical Engineers and our disciplines cross-over, so there’s many times when we need to work together to tackle a particular fault. It is very much a team effort.
The great thing about working at the mines at British Gypsum is that there are opportunities to get involved in other activities outside of your main job role. I also carry out work for the Geological Mining Services (GMS) where I participate in activities taking place at other mines. For example, I was recently involved in a mine review at the Barrow site and I am also part of the team that is reviewing the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) policy this year. British Gypsum is really committed to helping you develop professionally, which has certainly been my experience ever since I joined and is one of the main reasons I’ve been happy to build such a long career with the company.