Andrew Barr

Andrew Barr

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Trainee Press Brake Engineer

Take us through a typical day at Bailey for you…

A typical day would be reviewing drawings and managing panels for processing. With press and folding, it is essential to check and double check drawings. This is so that settings are correctly inputted into the machine, as errors can be costly and time consuming. When needed it is not unusual for me jump on the fork lift, moving the metal materials around the warehouse and preparing for dispatch.

What’s your favourite thing about working for Bailey?

The variety of jobs that Bailey get involved in are genuinely interesting, so when a new project comes in, you can’t help but be intrigued.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your job and how do you overcome it?

It’s all about detail with my job, inputting the correct data is essential. If you’re a degree out it really does make a difference, particularly on site. This is a challenging exercise that requires me to double check everything, but it helps me to stay focused.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to work as a Press Brake Engineer

You should have the ability to look at the detail. Some might call it OCD but it really is a desire to seek perfection, with the aim of not having products returned.

What three words would you use to describe the company?

1. Flexible
2. Diverse
3. Positive

Do you have any nickname? What is it?

Most people call me Andy. And less formally, most of my friends call me Barrie.

If you had to eat one meal, every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sorry I am traditional, but you can’t beat sausage, mash and gravy.

If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring?

1.  A continuous stream of music, any sort.
2.  A convertible pitch for cricket and football
3.  Can’t do without my blanket, I like to be comfortable when I sleep.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

My life at the weekends revolves around my local sports club, Billingshurst, where I play football and cricket. The rest of the time is spent with my girlfriend.

What is on your bucket list?

I truly would love to travel throughout Asia, which I suspect will have to be done soon, as my next ambition is to get married and have kids.

If you were given a choice, where in the world would you like to go? 

Thailand is one of the locations I would love to visit on my Asian tour – but I am greedy and would also like to go to Croatia, Australia and then America!