Meet the Team:
Each month we’ll be introducing you to a member of our expert team. This month is the turn of Ian Savage, a food and beverage specialist with over 30 years in the industry.
What is your background and how did you end up at FEG?
My background in engineering started on the 11th of June 1977 when I started an apprenticeship training to be a Fitter/Turner.
I qualified as a mechanical technician in 1977 and after a number of engineering jobs with local firms, I settled at Jus Roll a food manufacturer specialising in frozen food. I joined the company in a maintenance roll and then progressed to development where we worked hand in hand with the development graduates developing new products .
It was in this role I met Chris Williams who was employed by Jus Roll as a consultant.
When the factory transferred production to Greece I was made redundant after 34 years in the same company.
Chris asked me If I would help him out with an installation job at Silvery Tweed in Berwick to which I said yes and I have been here ever since. It will be five years In December since starting with FEG.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
I have now started on a four day week gradually reducing my hours leading up to retirement which is in December this year. So three days a week I work from home if I am not on site, and once a week I attend the office.
My role is similar to the other project engineers apart from when the projects come to the installation stage, I close down my laptop and open my toolbox.
I will work alongside other contractors and change my role from a design technician to an installation technician.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
This job has many challenges for me which I enjoy, sometimes, but my job here gives me much more flexibility than I ever had in previous jobs which I have come to appreciate over the last four years.
FEG is a much smaller outfit than I have worked at in the past, so my role is much more diverse and you need to have a much wider range of skills than was needed in previous jobs .
What’s been a recent project you’ve particularly enjoyed or been proud of?
I have just completed an installation job at CPI in Sedgefield, where I produced the drawings , ordered the fabrication , sourced the labour force for the installation , and supervised and helped with the installation .
The customer was very pleased with the job and although I lost many sleepless nights worrying if I had missed something when it finally came to fruition and everything had gone without a hitch I was very pleased.
Selected Projects Carousel
Flexible Dynamic Weighing Conveyor System designed and built to allow for varying product flow levels
2 Sisters Food Group needed a conveyor system installation to transport their potato products from existing line equipment to a new food transfer pump. Within the final process, the UK-based food manufacturer also needed to be able to dynamically weigh the potatoes.
FEG were commissioned by GM in the UK to Project Manage a £650K cost saving project under CDM to install larger capacity flour silos and batch weighing facility.
FEG Ltd were appointed as Principal Contractor to get a flooded McVitie’s biscuit factory back up and running at the earliest opportunity.
We were commissioned by McVitie’s to project manage a new ingredients feed and mixing system for a start-up organic facility. At a value of £1m the project included our operating under full CDM duty holder responsibilities.
Our client Essentia came to us after having received an environmental notice for an industrial odour issue from its proteins frying factory. Our experience showed us that a typical combination of scrubbers would not be adequate for this project, given the variation in contaminants that had to be removed from the air.
Our team of odour experts worked to develop a new liquid gas scrubber* solution that worked in a 3-stage process to remove all composites from the gas.
This McVities site had applied for AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) accreditation and part of that accreditation was “Reinforce Safety and Security”. The factory’s perimeter fence was identified as being in poor condition and in need of redesign and renewal.
Our expert team of engineers designed and installed a conveyor system for a new pizza line that maximised the use of existing equipment.
We were commissioned by General Mills to undertake a £3.8m project to install a new high capacity frozen pastry production line, from feasibility to hand-over.
We were appointed Principal Contractor for this £6.5m factory extension project, which involved converting a warehouse into a high care food production area and incorporating it into the main factory.
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