James Lee

James Lee

James Lee

PPC Technician

Take us through a typical day at Bailey for you…

My main role is to prepare manufactured metal profile panels for powder coating.
This is a very important stage as pre-treatment is essential in order to achieve the full potential of the powder coating. Every panel goes through the same process. Firstly we remove all foreign matter such as scale, grease, cutting oil, soil and welding splatter. Then panels are put through a four stage treatment including acidic degreasing and water rinsing. Then they are hung to dry and once ready they can be powder coated.

What’s your favourite thing about working for Bailey?

When I get to see the photos of completed projects. It is amazing to see how the jigsaw of panels comes together to create stunning projects, it makes me so proud to be a part of the Bailey team.

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

Pre-treatment requires moving panels from one tank to another using a crane. Nearly 20 years of experience helps as it is a skilled process that can be challenging if you don’t keep your concentration levels up.

What advice would you give to someone who would like to work as a PPC Technician?

I think you’ve got to be focused and not easily distracted. You must do things methodically and have common sense.

What three words would you use to describe the company?

1. Friendly
2. Loyal
3. Stable

Do you have any nickname? What is it?

Jim or Jimbob

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

My all-time favourite is fish and chips.

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

1. A comfortable bed – got to have a good night’s sleep.
2. A radio, so I can listen to Desert Island Discs – but seriously happy to have any type of music!
3. A decent cooker. I can’t stand barbeques, the taste of smoke puts me off the food.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a steam show buff, I love travelling the country to these fairs with my wife. There is always plenty to see, I marvel at the engineering brilliance of the machines and also enjoy pottering around the stalls.
I also enjoy a spot of gardening.

What is on your bucket list?

I have done some fishing in the past and when I retire I would like to do a lot more, particular fly fishing. It is a bit of an excuse to travel the country and relax while doing a hobby I would enjoy a in beautiful setting. This could include a touring trip of Scotland – plenty of fishing locations!
I would also like to have a barge holiday – a slow mover, plenty of time to enjoy the countryside around and maybe a spot of fishing.

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

My first love is the British countryside – why go abroad! But the question has been asked, so I would go to New Zealand as the countryside looks amazing also!