Meet Our Marine Service Technician

Meet Our Marine Service Technician


I’m Dave, Marine Service Technician for
Survitec, on the South Coast of England.
I joined the company in December 2002.
I’ve been in the company nearly 17 years,
which is basically half my life.
My Dad worked for the company for 36
years, and I thought I’d follow in his footsteps
and learn the trade he did.
And I’ve enjoyed it ever since.
I’ve got a half hour drive to work and
start roughly around 7:00 in the morning,
have a coffee and then have our meeting
for the day’s work.
Manager: Steve’s got plenty of work to do.
Mine and the manager’s
relationship is really good.
He supports me a lot and we’ve had
a good working relationship
over the last 14 years.
We service liferafts for cargo,
tanker, commercial and cruise ships.
Basically every type of ship.
Steve: Yeah we’ll get this open in a minute.
We undo the container,
roll the liferaft out,
inflate the liferaft to check for leaks.
Service the emergency packs to check
for outdated items, like the rations
could be out of date, the water,
the pyrotechnics inside.
You change the glue every service
in the repair kit and also
the batteries in the torch.
Once the liferaft’s been tested
and the pack’s been serviced,
you let down the liferaft
and then we repack it.
I enjoy my job, and we work
well as a team.
We have a good laugh
and we get the job done.
I’ve managed to do all
sorts of training for each different
manufacturer of liferafts.
And so basically service everything
that comes through the door.
When I go offshore, I service lifejackets
out on the oil rigs, on a large rig
that could be 700, 800 lifejackets
with 2 people servicing them
for a period of 10 days.
The weather conditions can be really bad
out there, 60, 70-mile an hour winds,
torrential rain, to snow,
to anything out there really.
Part of the training for the oil rigs
is a helicopter simulation,
which is quite an exciting
part of the course, I thought.
It’s upside down in a dark pool, and you’ve
got to get out through the window.
I was okay to be honest,
I quite enjoyed it!
My favorite part of servicing a liferaft
is the packing, especially on the larger
liferafts, working well with the team,
and the satisfaction
of when we’re finished.
I service about 200 to 300 liferafts
a year depending on what jobs I’m out on.
Working for Survitec allows me
to help keep people safe at sea.
It feels good to know that the work
I do could save someone’s life.

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