Craig Watt is a family man and mad Motherwell supporter. I have a positive outlook on life and very self-motivated. I have been in the commissioning field since the age of 18, where my first job was duct cleaning, start at the bottom and work up as they say….Hobbies including football are running, going to the gym and socialising with family and friends. I have been working in the Middle East on a contract basis since 2010, where I gained full-time employment as of 2013.
Q: What tips can you recommend for someone that you’d only share with a close friend (and everyone reading this these insights)?
Work hard play harder…..Treat every day as a school day, as the day you think you know it all, is the day you shall fail. Do not be ashamed to ask questions as you cannot be expected to know it all. Ask for help when required, do not think of your ego. Communication is a must, without this, all shall fail. Take full ownership of tasks, do not pass the buck. Never forget your roots.
Commissioning common Pitfalls or Problems
Q: What are three hard-to-spot pitfalls that are critical to avoid?
- Ceiling closure without the T&C team’s approval (to ensure all static testing has been completed – cable testing/ duct leakage/ pre-comm of HVAC and ensure future access)
- Allowing for adequate commissioning timescale.
- Talking to each other/meetings/ verbal communication on a daily basis rather than constant emails.
Q: Looking out 3 to 5 years, beyond the obvious trends, what do you think will be the next big change in your industry
Potentially the need for less hands-on commissioning and it is already changing but I predict even more advanced smart building technology to lead to even more environmentally friendly buildings which inevitably shall lead to an increase in retro-commissioning of older buildings.
On the lighter side – Commissioning Mishaps
Q: Can you share a personal short event or mishap (commissioning or management related) you can think of that still makes you laugh to this day (maybe not at the time)?
So many….but the one that still brings tears to my eyes is, as an apprentice water treatment engineer we were tasked to remove chemical cleaner from an LTHW system which was planned to take 1-2 days. One week had passed by myself and the engineer (Not naming) were unable to get the soluble iron level to an acceptable level. He then requested assistance in the matter, an additional engineer was sent. He tested and recorded acceptable iron levels straight away, turned out by using a plastic tablet crusher rather than a rusty screwdriver is a more effective way.
To connect with Craig, visit his LinkedIn profile.