A Day In The Life - Ruairí Doherty, Welder16th February 2017
What time did you wake up at this morning?
I woke at 6:35am but hit the snooze button until 6:45am, which left me running about like a lunatic!
Describe your job in 5 words
Smokey, Hot, Fulfilling, Innovative and Physical.
Where do you spend your day?
My days are mostly spent in the Metal Work area of the Leckey factory.
What does your job entail?
As a welder, my job is to turn designs into chassis chairs using raw materials. We are responsible for turning pieces of metal into the amazing, innovative products that Leckey design and supplies to our customers.
What does a typical day involve for you?
In the morning, we have a meeting with the Team Leader who outlines whether the work that day will be production welding for designs on new ideas, or tweaking old design chairs. We have tight deadlines and production targets to meet so they are outlined at the start of the day too.
Is it 9-5pm?
I work 7:30am - 5:30pm Monday to Thursday. We're very lucky that the company encourages flexible working hours, so I do my weeks work in 4 longer days.
How did you get into this line of work?
I relocated to Belfast and was looking for a new, fresh challenge. I had little background experience in engineering, manufacturing or welding but was given the opportunity at Leckey to become a welder and I never looked back - it was all thanks to another two welders in my team who had the patience to teach me the work and develop the skills that I have today.
What personal qualities are required to do your job?
In our role, you need to be hardworking due to tight deadlines and production targets. Self-confidence is also important - our welds are N.D.T (Non Destructive Tested) on a regular basis, and as young children and adults depend on our products, we need to ensure that they are safe, secure and comfortable and therefore welded properly.
What are the biggest challenges in your job?
One of the biggest challenges we face is keeping our standards at the same highest level and attention to detail that the welds are required to meet, but that's one of the reasons why I enjoy coming to work.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Knowing that I make a positive difference, changing young children's and adults lives for the better. My work colleagues and I are benefitting families all over the world and that is very rewarding.
What is the best piece of advice you could give to a new person joining your team?
Work hard, don't be afraid to make mistakes - just learn from them! Talk to everyone in the team and ask questions and you will be the best you can be.
What do you do in your spare time?
I have 3 daughters so alot of my time is spent with them - whether it's watching them compete in Camogie / Gaelic competitions, watching them train at their clubs or basically doing anything that they suggest! :) I also like to make little designs from pieces of scrap metal - I will try and make anything but recently made a metal frog and metal scorpian.
Any fun / interesting facts about you?
I started college in January as I wanted to build on the existing skills that I have.
What time will you get home at today?
I should be home at 5:50pm tonight to three girls waiting for me at the door! :)
Thank you Ruairí.
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