The duties of a ventilation installer are varied and challenging. As well as installing ventilation products, logistics and cooperation with other players in the construction process are an important part of the day’s work. I met ventilation installer Oscar Macaya (on the right in the photo) one morning on a construction site in the south of Stockholm to talk about his daily work.
There are no ordinary days for a ventilation installer; duties are extremely varied, and it is important to be flexible.
”One day might, for example, consist of installing a ventilation system, fitting ducts, ordering products and receiving deliveries. Recent years I’ve only been working with new constructions, and cooperation with the other construction companies is a really important part of that.”
Could you describe a timeline for a project?
”I usually get involved about a year before construction begins, when we have start-up meetings and start ordering materials. Soon after construction begins we install the main ducts, and then we’re on site until it’s finished. A new construction project can take anything from six months to several years.”
Being a ventilation fitter is an ideal job for someone who is sociable, likes hard work and is a problem solver.
”There are lots of things I enjoy, but what I like best is installing and fitting. I’m a sociable person and I get to meet a lot of new people through my job. The biggest challenge of the job is making sure there’s a good flow in the work process and that elements of stress and waiting times are reduced as much as possible.”
Oscar thinks projects are most cost-effective with high-quality products, where fitting time, delivery time and flexibility on the part of the supplier are key factors.
”I don’t think you should pay too much attention to the price – the important thing is that the products are fit for purpose. If the products are hard to install, a project can get really expensive.”
Three characteristics of a good product, according to Oscar:1. It should be flexible and quick to install.
2. Design – it’s important that it looks good and blends in with the property.
3. Sustainability and quality.
What makes a good supplier?
”The most important thing is for the company to have top-quality products and deliver them on time. A lot of suppliers could be better at delivering. The drivers often assume the construction sites have unloading equipment which can cause problems.”
How do you think the industry will develop in the future?
”I think more and more property companies will be taking more account of the climate, and this will mean more advanced ventilation solutions in the future, with the end customers themselves having flexible control of the ventilation.”
Do you want to know more about ventilation? If so, this article might also interest you: Why do we need a good ventilation?
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If you recognize this post, it’s because it was previously posted in our Swedish blog: Lindab Bloggen