23 Sep Dan: The main MOT Tester and Technician
Dan the main MOT tester: How did I end up here at SLVS?
Simple…. I met and worked with Shane at Oxford Mini works whilst I complete my apprenticeship. Like Shane I enjoyed the opportunity to see a Mini built from scratch. When I completed my apprenticeship I wanted to do something different I wanted to be responsible for my own area which is why I accepted a role at Standlake Vehicle Services as the main MOT tester. I enjoy working hard but it is important to me to have the right colleagues around me and at Standlake Vehicle Services I have the best working environment.
I’ve been here for three years now and from day one my main role has been to complete the MOTs due each day. I can complete anywhere between 8 to 10 MOTs everyday. I am the main MOT Tester at Standlake Vehicle Services, so I know what I am doing and can do it efficiently. For me getting a vehicle in, getting it processed with the MOT result ready for our customers quickly is important. The team here are friendly and always pull together so if I need help to deliver on our customer expectations there are three others that can do the MOTs.
There’s more than just the cars, well kind of?
Have you heard of Tough Mudder? I have been a keen runner for a while and decided to completed a Tough Mudder recently. This is a 5 mile mud-fest with 13 obstacles in total. I found it hard but fun, for me it was a real achievement. I am a huge DC comic fan, enjoying the films, collecting the figures and attending Comic-Cons regularly.
Music and Podcasts: I am always listen to music and podcasts you’ll regularly see me with an earpiece in and something interesting playing in my ear. When I’m not working on a vehicle I’m usually doodling on a pad of paper… you’ll see these creations on Facebook from time to time, keep an eye out!
But I don’t just enjoy working on cars though…. I really love driving them too. For my birthday presents I always ask for a driving experience!! There have been some very interesting ones, they have given me the chance to drive a wide variety of really unusual vehicles, among these there has been a Mustang and a single seater formula 3 that drove around the Thruxton circuit.
When I spotted an opportunity to take the Batman car from the 1970’s TV show with Adam West out for a lap or two I didn’t think twice. This experience offered 6 very cool laps of Brands Hatch in an iconic vehicle and being a DC fan. Taking the Bat Car out for a spin was a real highlight.
It’s why I like being an MOT tester and Vehicle technician, no matter the vehicle, each one offers a new experience to the driver, no two are the same and this diversity makes working on cars motivating.
I’m lucky I can enjoy my job!