John Dudman

John Dudman

John DudmanWelder

Take us through a typical day at Bailey for you…

I am allocated varied work on a daily basis, ranging from large panels to bespoke profiles that require welding into lots of different shapes and sizes.
Even though the job of welding is the same, the jobs do change each day, which keeps it interesting and there’s still time for banter with my colleagues.

What’s your favourite thing about working for Bailey?

I love the environment I work in, it really does help when doing a job like mine – everything is in the right place and if support is needed you’ve got people you can trust to help out.

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

It can be difficult finding ways to keep irregular shape panels together while welding, as when applying heat they can go out of line, which can be frustrating. It takes a bit of problem solving – as well as clamps, glue and tape. Sometimes greater imagination is needed when working on more complex bespoke profiles and this is when I turn to my colleagues for some constructive ideas – although I do occasionally get more humorous suggestions!

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

You’ve got to have a desire to get the job done properly. What I will say is, you either love it or hate it! Best advice I can offer is to give it a try, it’s the only way you will really know.

What three words would you use to describe the company?

1. Progressive
2. Proud
3. Generous

Do you have any nicknames? What is it?

Never had one but would be pleased to hear if I do!

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

A Big Mac Meal – only because I am not allowed them!

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

1. 70s music
2. A mattress
3. Toothpaste

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Watch and listen to 70s progressive music and just chill out.

What is on your bucket list?

Visiting New Zealand and revisiting Canada.

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

Parts of Canada I haven’t seen.