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Present Situation

Now situated  and working in and around Leicester in the UK, again as a TIG welder, fabricator and general handy person to have around in a factory making medium-sized machinery. All very well, but not really what I left the comfort, earnings and workplace in Germany to do... We intend to settle down in England and get a 'real' job with some prospects of permanency and using a few of my transferrable skills more effectively and efficiently. Since the threat of Brexit hanging over our heads in Europe, we chose to come here at VERY short notice in September.

We are ready to move anywhere in or South of the Midlands (somewhere in the South-West is where I would like to retire to eventually!) to work and live. 

What kind of work I am looking for? Ideally I would like something to do with Vintage/Classic vehicle restoration, repair or maintenance. I have a huge experience in that direction, but nothing particularly make-specific, except with motorcycles, where I have my favourites, of course. I have old-fashioned skills and know my way around old technologies like setting points, balancing multiple carburettors with just a tube in my ear and other such fun. I can fabricate and weld/braze/solder, can use most conventional machinery for fabrication and LOVE bringing something back from the grave or just keeping it going and getting it reliable. I wrote a book in 2012 on the classic motorcycle theme which is available on Amazon and have my own website/blog along the same lines, dealing mostly with restoration/skills.(

Something else that I have done over the years with great success and engagement has been teaching youngsters (and some adults!) how things work... not only cars and such, either. I am a proficient wood- and metalworker and have over 40 years experience teaching English language to foreigners, too, so something along the lines of an assistant crafts/German language teacher, vehicle maintenance instructor (I taught VM at Bullough Barracks as a civi in Aldershot a long way back!). Health and safety issues in the workplace, house and garden general repair or maintenance, basic furniture making etc for kids in schools and skills necessary in preparation for living in the big wide world when school finishes. 

I am well travelled, well spoken (i.e. universally understandable!) and flexible enough to change course rapidly and react to unusual situations and attitudes skilfully and without fuss. 

If that is what you are looking for, perhaps I am your man!

In Germany between November of 2016 and September of 2017, where I was employed GTAW (TIG-)welding.

Highest-quality Stainless work for private and commercial kitchens (ordered through our Kitchen-Designer wholesale customers like Poggenpohl, Miele and other, smaller, design-studios) as well as for Hospitals and other organisations, who on occasion require oxygen-purged, hygienic welding.

Most of the welding work involves flush-fitting and welding commercially available basins (0.6mm - 1mm thick) into 5mm thick top surfaces, with all the appropriate finishing to the highest standards.

Doubling-up of edges to look like 10mm plate, welding on cheeks and backs or 'bars' on island kitchen solutions, cabinets, fronts and Wine-storage-shelving and units are all accomplished on a regular basis according to customer demands and drawings.

Use of the press brake, guillotine, linisher, spot welders and other machine and hand tools (like angle-grinder, various air-powered and electric orbital- and band-sanders) is standard.

Manufacture of stand-pipes for hygienic, drinking-water-distribution at marinas and camping-grounds, for example, which are also oxygen purged and hand welded (due to lack of space for orbital welders or other such hi-tech appliances).

All 1mm, 2mm, 3mmm and 5mm cold- and hot-rolled sheets for the various constructions and orders are all laser-cut  and press-bent in-house.

Since I was 13, I have restored many vintage and classic motorcycles, cars and aircraft as a continuing hobby all over the world, which has involved continuous learning of a wide variety of skills and techniques.

I also have a blog-page ( showing some of my work in Germany as a GTAW welder. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Skills, interests

· Use of Machine-/Hand-Tools:

· Lathe (conventional)· Horizontal and Vertical Milling machines (mostly conventional, some CNC)· Surface and hollow grinder · Pillar drills of varying sizes · Press Brake · Guillotine.

· Mig/Mag, AC/DC-Tig and Oxy-Acetylene  Welding and cutting· Hard and soft soldering, brazing (Oxy/Propane/Acetylene)

· Bench-planer· Bench-/Table-saw· Band-saw· Disc/Face sanding machines· Vertical/ Horizontal/ Profile planers and belt sanders· Bobbin sander · Thicknesser/Planer ·

· English Wheel· All appropriate hand, air- and machine-tools (Western/Japanese where appropriate)

· Manual/cognitive skills:

· Maintenance and servicing of any machinery; once introduced to a new system, whether plant, machinery, truck, car, bike or aircraft, I am able very quickly to acquaint myself with and grasp their running and maintenance.

· Fault-finding, repair and possibly modification of mechanical systems to remove or minimise design weaknesses and faults and to optimise their efficiency

· Repair and refurbishment and return to use of mechanical and simple electrical systems under adverse or limiting  circumstances.  Highly developed 'bush-mechanic' skills to 'get/keep things going' when the going gets rough. Experienced at emergency repair 'in the field'

· The ability to fully understand complicated systems to such an extent that I am able to fully explain them in the simplest of terms, train others to use them and for me to demonstrate them with ease, even to the uninitiated

· Overseeing, monitoring , teaching or training staff and ensuring a high standard of work, integrity, responsibility and work-ethics, adherence to work and safety procedures and  of healthy relationships and cooperation processes within a workforce to promote good teamwork, constructive feedback and work satisfaction

· Good communicator with clients, colleagues, management and suppliers to ensure smooth running of all operations within company structures from small to large. 

· Marketing and business economics, ergonomics- and logistics- aware. Fully conversant with the necessity of and compliance with legal restrictions, duties and requirements, from non-disclosure to Intellectual property and copyright, sensitivity of private information and the importance of the maintenance of company 'trade secrets' at all counts.

· Materials/Other:

· Metal: Precious Metals (Gold/Platinum/Silver), Brass, Bronzes, Aluminium and Magnesium, Iron and stainless steel.

· Wax: Wax modelling for lost-wax-castings,

· Wood: Natural European, ‘exotic’ and synthetic woods (i.e. "Ureol").

· Resin: GFK, PE, PU, Epoxy and others including silicone rubbers and moulding materials.

· Modelling large Industrial Patterns in hollow-box constructs and Styrofoam for castings up to 25 tons each.

· Conversant with lost-wax (block- and ceramic shell) casting, shell-moulding, core-making (hot-box and CO2) from a few milligrams up to 2-3 Kilos weight.

· Plaster and other inelastic moulding materials.

· Leather, canvas etc used in upholstery and general interior fittings as well as for decorative  "accessories".

• Language Skills:

• English: Native-Speaker; 40 years experience as speech trainer for adults and children, German/English translations including medical and technical, at all levels.

• French: Second language; understand well, use has been somewhat limited over the years that I have been in Germany.

• German: Extremely good (in the meantime a lot better than my French); understanding and communication both written and spoken at interpersonal, professional and technical levels close to native speaker.

Since early school-age I have been fascinated by language and particularly the English language which I studied in great depth in the UK;

(I lived in Beirut for 14 years and was then sent to school in the UK at the age of nine, since I spoke mostly French and Arabic at that time)

English I learned back to it's early pre-Roman Anglo-Saxon and Celtic roots.

As such, since 1981 and the move to Germany, I spent nearly 25 years teaching English to business people and technicians, in the evenings in an "Inlingua" language school and also privately from home.

In Australia between 2005 and 2013 taught (mostly Philippinos) English as a second language, and then in the Ukraine between 2014 and 2016 involved with different projects around language and communication, including setting up an English Theatre group at the DomKultura and voluntary language work with the Library. I also had Private students, of course. I taught English and German full time as a freelancer with rooms in a local school.

· Computer Skills:

· MacOS (1.0 – OS X 10.12.5/Sierra)

· Windows DOS (DOS/NT/XP/Vista/7)

· Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)· Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, PageMaker, Freehand.

· Firefox, Explorer, Safari, diverse E-Mail Programs

· NetObjectsFusion, iWeb, Wordpress, Joomla, MAMP Pro, Redline etc. (Website-Construction/Management) English Proof-Reading and Language Content Control, Copy-Writing, Website Structure Design and Testing for UI/UX ease and 'ergonomics'.

· Technical Drawing, Illustration and Construction using Illustrator (Isometric projection)

· Product Design using AutoCAD 2004, Form.Z 2.5 - 8.5, Rhino3D and (briefly)PalletteCAD

Hobbies and Interests

My life-long hobbies involve making and repairing all mechanical 'things' and where appropriate, using them, starting at the age of seven!

Since I was thirteen I bought my first motorcycle, I have always had and restored vintage and classic Motorcycles, mostly British bikes and some cars, which I raced on the club circuits, SuperSaloons, ModSports and the classic bikes like Battle of the Twins etc. Since then, I have restored 52 bikes for myself (and quite a few for others) and ridden them with a passion. Aircraft have always been a keen interest of mine since very early on, as my father was a pilot with 40,000hours. I always took any opportunity to hang around the hangar and see how things came apart and went back together.

Materials and techniques I am familiar with include the use of paper, card, leather, wood, synthetics and various metals including precious metals. Restoration of furniture including inlaying in wood, metals and mother-of-pearl, decoration of surfaces by painting. Sand-, lost-wax- (ceramic shell) and investment (block) -casting of metals, casting resins, plaster and foundry sands for cores, fabrication and welding in metals, construction of furniture, interiors and patterns using wood and working with synthetic woods ('Ureol') for pattern making.

I started with making models as a child of seven, which developed through to goldsmithing, dental work including maxillo-facial reconstruction, then industrial pattern-making for foundry castings, through to lost-wax casting and also sculpture in clay, wood, stone and metal. Musical instrument building (guitars, balalaikas and violin-basses) repairing and playing; repair, restoration (including upholstery), maintenance and operation of cars, bikes, trucks, and vintage aircraft (including trials, racing and rallying of cars, trucks and bikes). Interior outfitting and renovation of properties, aircraft, cars and (house-)boats. Technical drawing and design using CAD also as a hobby, not restricted to occupational needs. 

From a personal point of view, and disregarding my fascination with language and communication, which I believe that I have already said enough about, I have other 'themes' that have followed me though my life...

My interest in photography has been with me throughout my life and I am competent in both wet-film and digital technologies and still employ both systems at a high level. I also repair and use old, mechanical cameras, of course, just for fun!

Music, like language, has always been 'there' throughout my life in some form or another and I still play regularly and enjoy it immensely.

I used to play Rugby, Hockey and Squash regularly at junior league level in the UK and in and for the military; cricket at and for the school, too.

Curriculum Vitae

Born in 1955. In: (then) Congo-Belge, Central Africa. Nationality: British and Australian. Marital status: Married, and Divorced with 4 children in Germany. Recent Residencies: Since September 9, 2005 in Adelaide, South Australia. October 2013 moved to Farnham in Surrey, UK (to aid my ageing parents to return 'home' at 87 and 91!) and in July 2014 moved to the Ukraine, with the intention of staying here. Moved back to Germany in November 2106 as a necessary in-between-step (for immigration rules regarding my 'foreign' wife) prior to returning to the UK at last.

Occupational/Life Experience/Work History

Following on from the section at the beginning:

November 2016 - September 2107: Employed by Stadler Edelstahl in Herford, Germany, as a welder/fabricator. Welding stainless steel of varying thicknesses, occasionally also bronze sheet - sometimes also to stainless! Please see "Present Situation" above and visit their website for an overview of the kind and standard of the work we do. Have developed some tools to facilitate some of the processes and improved cooperation within the team by personally  organising occasional out-of-work get-togethers with spouses and partners of my colleagues.

July 2014 - November 2106: Resident in the Ukraine and primarily teaching English and German in my own 'rooms' in Khmel'nitskiy. Also contracted in from time to time as needed refurbishing battle-damaged 'military vehicles': Anything from stripping down and making working vehicles from a number of damaged units, to heavy welding, frame, bodywork and/or mechanical repair and testing. Very varied and interesting work on units that were all completely new to me and which I am not likely to ever see again... Very lucky to have been allowed to even see half of the equipment, let alone get to work on it.

Oct. 2012- July 2014. Canberra: Undertook Postgraduate Certificate in Migration Law (mostly online) at the ANU, whilst caring full-time for nonagenarian parents,  who returned accompanied by me to the UK (now residing with my brother in Farnham).

Apr. 2011- Sept. 2012,  Adelaide: Cert. IV in Small Business Management and setting up self employment as small manufacturer of parts for Vintage British Motorcycles, at the same time writing a book "All you ever wanted to know about being a Classic Bike Nut but didn't know who to ask" (which is for sale on Amazon)

Mar. 2009 - Mar 2011: Canberra: Weekend and block training leading to Certification in Nov 2010 as Accredited Life Coach with Beyond Success, actively involved in 'Coach Pro' program, including heavy involvement in crisis counselling for bushfire/flood victims and victims of rape, domestic violence etc. Business coaching and motivational training for managers, business owners and employees, goal-setting, time management and relationship issues.

Jul. 2010 - Jul. 2011: Adelaide: Wunda Projects, Edwardstown, employed as cabinet-maker and commercial interior outfitter. Work included complete interior outfitting of large retail stores, hotels and casinos (notably the one in Melbourne). Sitework for occasional stints in Melbourne and Perth.  Running of Nester and design in CAD, (Pallette-CAD, short-term ‘emergency’ appointment!) (as a result of the injury still at that time only able to do 'light work'). As Project Manager helped to streamline a number of completions, saving time, money and personel resources required, while improving communication both within the team on-site and between them and the workshop management, fine-tuning  on and off-site logistics and effectiveness.

Jan. 2009 - Jun. 2010: Adelaide: Full time Cert. IV and Diploma of Aviation at the Parafield TAFE, private and crew pilot's license (commercial and ATPL).

Oct. 2008 - Dec. 2011 Adelaide: Part time voluntary 'work' at Parafield Airport, Classic Jets Museum, restoring 1943 Bell Airacobra (amongst other things). Last was working on an F4U Corsair. Due to earlier , private hobby interests in aviation and restoration projects, was able to instruct some of the volunteers in pattern-making skills required for making castings and demonstrate the advantage of English-wheel skills as an extension to 'panel beating' in the traditional sense.

Jun. 2008 - Sept. 20012: Winton, QLD: Sporadic light work 'in season' on own Opal mine in Chiltern Hills, QLD, mostly operating excavator and other plant and machinery.

May. 2007 - Jun. 2008: As a result of workplace injury at Goodrich's, to both arms, unable to do any proper manual work. (Bilateral medial epicondylitis, corrected by operations - after 2 years!)

Sept. 2005 - Apr 2007: Adelaide: Employed at Goodrich Coremakers in Kilkenny as workshop manager, toolmaker and patternmaker. In charge of workshop, quality control, personell and their training, health and safety, as the owner and workshop manager stepped back prior to planned retirement. 

(May 2004 - Aug. 2004: Bielefeld, Germany: Occupational training AutoCAD 2D/3D, FGE Bielefeld, training whilst employed at Kulbrock's)

Feb. 2004:                          Started application process for visa etc to Australia, after a visit there to see my brother and do some work in a friend's art foundry in Gulgong, NSW.

Feb. 2004 - Aug. 2005: Bielefeld: Pattern maker at "Kulbrock Modellbau", Ummeln by Bielefeld.

Nov. 2001 - Jan. 2004:  Bielefeld: Apprenticeship retraining program as industrial pattern-maker at "UK Modellbau", Steinhagen by Bielefeld, making mostly precise casting patterns for (mostly) automotive applications. Helped as senior apprentice with training of the younger members and keeping an eye on honing their manual skills and taking quality control on board for their own work. Also responsible for health and safety and first aid in the workshop.

Oct. 1996 - Oct. 2001: Bielefeld: Dental technician at "Les Dents" dental laboratory , Bielefeld.

Apr. 1992 - Oct. 1996: Bielefeld: Marketing Manager at ESGE MARBY, Manufacturer of high-quality bicycle accessories, Bielefeld. Job description:

• As marketing manager, responsible not only for 'hands on' product  design and development watchdog, but also for expanding our Foreign Markets, looking after sales representatives in 10 European countries and the USA.

• Responsible for the design and production of  minimalistic (ecologically viable)packaging in card and for technical documentation for all products (assembly instructions, exploded diagrams and instructions for use, including all company brochures and advertising and packaging) in 11 languages. The aim was to reduce the use of language as much as possible except for brochures and advertising and to produce clear, succinct and unambiguous diagrams and drawings as supporting documentation with all products, so as to not require words (and therefore translations) at all, if possible. This was achieved after 18 months across the whole range of products.

Export-customer and representative relations and liaison, coordination of trade-fairs.

Coordination of translations and photography for all advertising/brochure material.

• Keeping in contact with and giving technical assistance to extreme-bike-tourists with the aim of development and improvement of our products, marketing and promotion. Responsible in-house for testing our products to destruction, locating design flaws and suggesting and implementing improvements and workarounds - and then giving them to testers in the field.

• Responsible for representation of the company (when abroad as sole company representative) at national and international trade fairs (predominantly in Germany, England, France and Switzerland).

• All technical drawings that were drafted in the time I was employed there were from my "pen" (computer).

ESGE-MARBY unfortunately went to the receivers in October 1996, finally bowing to the insurmountable price-pressure exerted by the Taiwnese competitors

Feb. 1989 - Mar. 1992 Bielefeld/Gu2tersloh/Münich: Technical Customer Service Technician for Apple Computer responsible for:

• Heterogenous Networking.

• Technical repairs.

• Hardware & Software Problem-Solving, Solutions and Consulting.

• Teaching Grafics/Design/Illustration Software.

• Customer-Service in the private and corporate sectors for "Gruppe Nimbus", Gutersloh and "Computer-Team", Bielefeld under contract to Apple in München, Also involving 24-hour call-out to the clients in the printing/pre-press industry.

Aug. 1986 - Jan. 1989 Dental technician at "WMZ Labor", Bielefeld.

Aug. 1983 - Jul. 1986 Apprenticeship as dental technician at "WMZ Labor GmbH", Bielefeld. Apprenticeship was allowed to be shortened 6 months, due to highest grades attained in intermediate exams.

Apr. 1983 - Jul. 1983 Worked as dental laboratory assistant in "WMZ Labor GmbH", Bielefeld.

Jan. 1982 -Mar. 1983 Employed in silk-screen-printing department of "Inge-Plastik Adelt", Bielefeld (where I learned German ... ).

Aug. 1976 - Dec. 1981 Marseilles/Djibouti: Joined the Foreign Legion in Marseilles, spent most of the five years in East Africa (Djibouti), amongst other things I learned to fly and was involved in military operations in many different theatres of conflict

Trained at Bullough Barracks in Aldershot (while still boarding at a close-by private school in the cadets) as a vehicle-maintenance instructor and in general vehicle fabrication and repairs: Use of Lathes, Milling-Machines, Pillar Drills, Grinders and all appropriate hand- and machine-tools became second-nature, including welding, repair and maintenance of all plant and equipment (also under 'difficult and hostile environments')

Aviation Safety Training

Emphasis on Industry Safety Management Systems 'Best Practice'

When training as a Commercial Aviation Pilot, a very strong emphasis is put on the 'Human Factors' element and the considerable ongoing responsibilities involved. Pilots are exhaustively examined in Safety Management Systems, their implementation on a daily basis, their design and development in a constantly changing workplace. Quality-, Risk- and Safety-Management are absolutely paramount in any industry, where responsibilities rise above those found on the retail-shop-floor in their implications, the future of not only the individual, but also the industry as awhile may depend on a clear commitment to and the existence of a well-defined safety culture.

Whether deployed in charge of an aircraft or (mining-) machinery of any size or function, the responsibilities and duties, as well as the disastrous results of not following established safety systems, become patently obvious. Recognising possible areas of neglect/complacency, reducing potential danger/ hazards and reducing risks is only one side of the coin. Factors like tiredness, levels of competence, emotional and mental distractions, lack of concentration and/or resources are factors that are often 'overseen' by the staff themselves and also management, with possible, at the very least undesirable, results.

My life-long interest in Ergonomics, Safety and optimisation of processes has always stood me in good stead, and I am at present about to embark on an online Certifivate IV in OH&S, leading to a diploma by the end of next year, which will give me formal qualification in that area. Combined with my broad life-experience, I feel that I have much to contribute in this specific area and always have, always will, be dedicated to all aspects of work safety, including First Aid.