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Employee Spotlight – Stephen Cosgrove: Engineer

In the next instalment of our Employee Spotlight series, we chat with our engineer, Stephen Cosgrove. Stephen has been an essential part of our engineering team, and has been an integral part of establishing CM Gates & Barriers as experts in electric gate servicing, repairs, and installations. Keep reading to learn more about Stephens work history, his time with CM Gates, and his interests in reality TV.

1) How do you know Craig, and how did you end up working at CM Gates?

I’ve been friends with Craig since primary school. We went to different schools but stayed just round the corner from each other and also had friends in common. I started working at CM Gates in September 2019. I worked for British Gas before this and was offered voluntary redundancy so decided it would be a good chance for a change.

2) What is an average day like for you at work?

It can be any aspect of gate and barrier work – from servicing gates/barriers, call outs to gates/barriers that are faulty, or a new install where we could be doing anything from the civil work to wiring.

3) What is your favourite project you’ve worked on so far?

Probably a job we did for Honeywell due to the amount of work involved and the transformation from what it looked like before. There was an old portacabin at the entrance which we demolished and skipped. The 2 large bases that we dug out for the bifold gates to be fixed onto, along with the work done on the pedestrian gate (automating that as well.) It was good to see the end product and it all working.

4) Could you tell us a bit about your career before joining CM Gates?

I’ve worked in various places prior to CM Gates. I started working at Sky TV after leaving college at 18 and stayed there for 4 years. I then left to start a career as a recruitment consultant which wasn’t my calling so left and started with Crown House Technology as an electricians labourer. I then moved on to British Gas where I spent nine years – four as a meter fitter, and the remaining five as a coach.

5) What is one of the most challenging, and one of the most rewarding parts about this job?

The most challenging part is definitely the weather. It’s miserable doing any job on the pouring rain. Most rewarding is finding and fixing a fault and getting the gate or barrier back up and running for the customer. We know that a big part of customers having these systems installed is for security, so it’s good to leave them with that peace of mind.

 

6) From start to finish – how would you describe a typical gate installation?

Normally I’ll hear from the team about a job that we’ve got the go ahead for.  John will then start working on making the gates when I’m in and about the unit. After that it’ll be whatever needs done in preparation for the gate arriving on site, i.e concrete bases, posts set in, power where it needs to be etc. Then the install itself; gates fitted, safety features, accessories, wiring the panel, and commissioning. All different from job to job which is what makes the job enjoyable.

 

Stephens dog, Milo.

7) What is something that people may not know about you, and what are some of your hobbies?

I secretly watch Married at First Sight, while slagging others for watching reality TV. My hobbies are playing golf as much as I can (only when the weather’s nice) and spending time with the family.

8) Could you tell us a little more about your family?

I’m married to Zoe who I’ve been with for 17 years. We have 2 kids – Skye (11) and Blair (4). We also have a dog called Milo who is 13.

 

9) You’ve driven many miles over the course of your time with CM Gates. What are some things you do to pass the time in the van? What kind of music fo you listen to, and what is your favourite song at the moment?

I rarely listen to music in the van. I listen to talksport or a podcast (normally sport related.) My music taste hasn’t changed much and my favourite bands are still what they were 10 years ago – The Strokes, OCS, Stereophonics etc.

 

10) What do you hope for the future of the business?

When I started with CM Gates there was only Craig and Allan in the old premises which is a fraction of the size of the 2 bigger units we’ve got now. We’ve also got another 6 people on the team now so as long as we continue to grow at that rate we’ll be doing well. End game for me is always to win the lottery though!

 

CM Gates & Barriers are expert fabricators and installers of driveway gates, barriers, and access control systems. From our base in Livingston, perfectly situated between Edinburgh and Glasgow, we serve the whole of Scotland.

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