Matt Taylor started his career in a plumbing and heating apprenticeship before joining Curo as a fully-qualified Gas Safe and Oftec Oil registered engineer. For 2017 Gas Safety Week, Matt described what a typical day in the life of a Curo gas engineer looks like:
It’s a really varied job – I spend my typical day carrying out gas safety checks across our region with the odd repair job in between.
Every property with gas gets a full safety check every year so that’s a big part of what I do. These involve essential checks at the gas meter, testing for any leaks on the pipework and inspecting all the gas appliances for safe operation. Soon all Curo homes, with or without gas, will be getting a full home safety check every year.
Being on the road every day and meeting lots of new people is great. A lot of my customers, particularly some elderly people, love it when you’re there. They enjoy your company and someone to talk to – that’s always nice.
What I like most is the satisfaction I get when I’ve helped a customer with a repair. That might be no hot water, a problem with the central heating or a fault with the boiler. People don’t always realise how much they rely on hot water until it’s gone! I do prefer tackling breakdowns – there’s more problem solving to be done and you're always learning. But every job’s interesting and I enjoy it.
I love being part of a team, working within a great group of people who are always thinking of new ways to improve our services to our customers.
Pictured: Matt checks an oil-fired boiler at the home of Curo customer Heather.