A two day electrical training event was recently held for members of 528 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Power) at RAF Cranwell and RAF Coningsby by ourselves and Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). Robert Zalewski, a Mobile Authorised Person for the Lincolnshire Service Delivery Area, offered the training to 14 of his regular Army counterparts.
We worked collaboratively with DIO, the end user and Robert’s Authorised Engineer to ensure the training could go ahead and it didn’t cause disruption to the respective sites or incur any power outages. The training included briefings on infrastructure maintenance and operation on an RAF station, Electrical Safe Systems of Work and Electrical Standby Systems. They then had the opportunity to undertake various site visits looking at the high voltage/low voltage distribution at both RAF Cranwell and RAF Coningsby and visiting the College Hall Officers Mess and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The audience included electrical technicians through to electrical design engineers and provided an invaluable opportunity for the Royal Engineers to gain hands on experience on fully operational working sites.
Robert had been in the Royal Engineers for 28 years prior to joining our business and his last post was at RAF Coningsby as a Garrison Engineer ensuring DIO compliance. He is now signed up to the Reserves and currently serves as a Major in 504 Specialist Team Royal Engineers (Power Infra).
He said, “The feedback following the training has been excellent and further opportunities have been requested. I’d like to thank Brian Scott, CA Authorised Engineer, Alan Phillips, CA Site Manager RAF Cranwell, Rob Cumming, CA Site Manager RAF Coningsby, Frank Finch, DIO Mechanical and Engineering Manager and Reg Vauvert, DIO Estates Facilities Manager. They all helped to make this great opportunity to take place.”