The life of a catering equipment service engineer is busy and fulfilling with every day presenting a new challenge – that’s according to the men and women currently doing the job. The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) has launched a video series designed to encourage individuals to take up apprenticeships as catering equipment service engineers.
Perks of the Job, the first video in the Catering Service Providers Series, features an assortment of apprentices, engineers and senior staff talking about the rewards of their chosen career path.
One of the most attractive parts of the job is its variety – on any day an engineer may visit a Michelin star restaurant one minute, a school the next or a huge high-street chain after that. Kenny Grace, a service engineer for warewasher specialist Winterhalter, says, “The career really stands out if you like the freedom of working in different places.” “It’s not like a nine-to-five job, every day is different,” says Ruben Rahunathan, improver refrigeration engineer with McFT, which maintains commercial kitchens. “The job is always fast paced,” says Kane Needs, technical manager at service company Marren.
Job satisfaction is another perk. Rob Chapman is a regional operations manager. He says, “You go into a hospital kitchen and the oven’s down, you walk out and it’s fixed so everyone can eat their lunch – in terms of job satisfaction, that’s huge.” “You fix something, there on the job, and you get a really good buzz,” says Laura Smiles, catering engineer with McFT.
There are a number of catering equipment service engineer apprenticeships available for anyone looking for an interesting and challenging career. CESA is happy to offer advice on next steps, and you can find more information at cesa.org.uk/Careers. Perks of the Job, and the forthcoming videos in the Service Provider Series, can be found on the CESA UK Youtube channel.
The Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) is the authoritative voice of the catering equipment industry, representing over 190 companies who supply, service and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment – from utensils to full kitchen schemes. For more information on CESA visit cesa.org.uk