Employee Spotlight: Gary Withers
Meet Gary Withers
Gary Withers joined the Rotech Laboratories family in 2006 as an assistant to the Chief Chemist and has worked his way through the ranks to become our Corrosion Science Technician. Gary has recently celebrated his long service award for 14 years with Rotech Laboratories.
What does a day in the life of a corrosion science technician look like?
A typical day starts with customer enquiries by phone or email and booking in samples for corrosion testing. These samples are assessed, to understand the type of test needed. Testing could take place in our salt spray or humidity chambers, ovens, water baths or freeze units. The samples are tested to the customer’s requirements, and I take photographs to track the progress of the samples during the test. When the test is finished, I prepare the test report and include all photography for the customer.
What is the strangest or most interesting thing that you have had to test?
I had an enquiry once to carry out a spotting test on a wooden toilet seat for a commercial luxury yacht. Droplets of a urea test solution were dripped at intervals on the wooden toilet seat and brass hinges.
What is the best thing about your job?
I like to give my customers confidence in the repeatability of my testing and services, and I really enjoy working independently and running my own department. Sometimes our customers experience rejects or recalls in their products/service areas. When we test these products, we have to give them clear information regarding any failure issues and confidence in their samples to help them improve the product they are supplying, which makes finish testing and corrosion testing a really interesting career.
If you hadn’t chosen this career, what else would you have chosen?
I really wanted to be a chef, I love a curry!
What do people say about you most frequently?
Oh that Gary, lovely chap!