Meet Dan Clements, TM Machinery’s new Engineer.

A self-proclaimed history buff and avid pub quiz goer, Dan started his career in the British Army as a Tank Crewman for the Heavy Cavalry Unit. His role, which spanned over eight years, saw him complete tours in Afghanistan and gain qualification in mechanics and telecommunications.

This stood him in good stead for future roles as a PDI Engineer and later, embarking on two Service Engineer roles in the woodworking industry. Dan says, “I’ve always had an interest in engineering and how things work. I joined the British Army after I left school and I spent a lot of my time learning how to install, maintain and fix diesel engines. Getting stuck in was great fun but my progress had hit a bottleneck and I wanted to put my qualifications to good use on Civvy Street.”

Dan’s background in mechanical engineering, teamed with his proven problem-solving skills and long-standing interest in technology lead him to become an engineer, joining TM Machinery in December 2022. “I’ve gained experience working on a wide range of panel and solid wood machines and it’s been fantastic working on prestigious brands like Striebig vertical panel saws,” says Dan. “Whilst I enjoy working with classical machinery, I get the most job satisfaction from installing and maintaining panel processing machinery as it can bring up more challenges. I thrive on finding solutions to problems and I get a real sense of pride when I finish a machinery install. I often stand back and think, I’ve made this five-tonne machine run as sweet as a nut. That’s pretty awesome. I’m sure it’s a feeling many engineers have but it doesn’t grow old.”

When asked what he enjoys most about working at TM Machinery, the Royal Yeomanry reserve of five years says, “At TM Machinery, you’re not just a number – you are part of a team. The company is centred around a group of committed, hard-working people and because of that, I feel like my work is valued. I’m kept busy – which I really like – but I now have a great work-life balance and I get to enjoy more time with my partner. They’re also investing in me and putting me on more courses. This shows that the company not only looks after its staff but wants me to grow and succeed, too.”

Matt Pearce, MD of TM Machinery adds, “As well as installing new machinery, Dan is regularly servicing a wide range of classical machines through our sister company, TM Services. He is a great engineer and has quickly become part of the TM family. He really has hit the ground running and his cheery disposition and passion for this job makes him a great addition to our team.”

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