A Morpeth-based garage equipment supplier is gearing up towards expanding its services further afield with a new addition to the team.
John Ward has joined Gott Technical Services as an engineer covering a large area up to southern Scotland, and across to Cumbria and the wider North West region.
Prior to joining the team, he had experience as an electro-hydraulic mechanical engineer with a leading UK supplier of loading bay solutions, working for the likes of Tesco and Morrisons.
“Having been an engineer for over 25 years, I’ve found the transition into the automotive industry fairly smooth – it has just been a case of learning how to use the sector-specific equipment,” said Mr Ward.
“When I first started, Gott put me through my Garage Equipment Association certification so I was fully qualified.
“I am based out of the office, which I’m used to. I like the independence of the role and no day or week are ever the same. I also get to work indoors, unlike my last job, so I don’t have to worry about always getting wet.”
Gott Technical Services now employs four engineers and a senior engineer among its 18 staff members.
Director Ian Gott said: “There has been a shift in technology in the industry over recent years whereby computerised machines demand a new skill set, beginning the process to replace the hydraulic, mechanical and pneumatic engineering disciplines.
“John will primarily enhance our services in taking on the traditional route, including installation, maintenance, repairs and breakdowns.
“However, he also has computer skills which will prove invaluable.”