OFTEC Qualifications take Oil Heating Technicians to the Ends of the Earth!

6th November 2006
OFTEC The Oil Firing Technical Association

A heating and ventilation engineer is heading for somewhere much cooler, after completing OFTEC qualifications at West Suffolk College, during a sizzling heatwave.

Kevan White, 34, from Cambridge, is going to Antarctica in December to help modernise buildings at the British Antarctic Survey research station. “When I originally did my City and Guilds qualifications the lecturer said that my job would take to me places like Antarctica, and that has always stuck in my mind”.

After completing OFTEC qualifications in the service and commissioning of boilers and the installation of heating and ventilation systems and oil tanks, Kevan will be employed on a short term contract by Morrison Construction of Matlock. Having worked for the British Antarctic survey before, using his plumbing and heating skills, Kevan said, “It’s a stunning place that’s absolutely untouched; totally beautiful. Antarctica is unbelievable- I find it hard to describe”.

“Its winter down there at the moment”, Kevan explained, “It depends on which research station you go to. One has a summer season of just two months”.

West Suffolk College lecturer, James Moffat said, “We are very pleased to have been part of the training and assessment process for Kevan. We have candidates on our courses based in Ireland, Jersey, Germany and America, but Kevan is literally going to the ends of the earth!”

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Article Last Updated 14th November 2006
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