I’m an Ex BT telephone engineer (Pre Openreach) from Southampton and spent many years installing and repairing phone lines.
I learned a lot about the network as well as installing drop wires, internal cables and telephone sockets.
I started working for British Telecom back in the early 90s after a friend mentioned that they were looking for staff.
After successfully passing the interview and practical test, I started my engineering training. This included going to a centre at Shirehampton near Bristol for a pole climbing course.
Climbing telegraph poles can be dangerous so it’s good to get the proper training.
After my initial training I joined an uplift group in Southampton which was formed to carry out preventitive maintenance of the overhead network.
We would replace the corroded drop wires with a newer cable known as drop wire 10 and run the cable directly from the DP into the customer’s house.
British Telecom Training Centre At Yarnfield
I did get sent to the training centre at Yarnfield in Staffordshire once or twice. We learned all sorts of things about telephone related equipment Including the WB-900. If you’re an Ex BT Telephone Engineer then I’m sure you remember changing the blue batteries in them.
After a few more training courses, I was teamed up with a local engineer, he picked me up from the local telephone exchange and we went off repairing phones and phone lines.
Once the manager was happy that I was sufficiently trained I was given my own yellow van (Who remembers Busby) and I was sent off on my own.
Ex BT Telephone Engineer In Southampton : Pre Openreach
I left in Southampton over 15 years ago, before it became known as Openreach. It’s a great company to work for and I would recommend it.
I really enjoyed my time and met some wonderful people and customers. We all love happy customers and it’s great when they appreciate your work.