Natural Sciences, Trinity College, Diploma in Chemical Technology, Cork IT.
B SC, Dip. Chem Tech.
Pfizer Corp, Ringaskiddy Cork, Fraser Ross Ltd
Managing Director, Fraser Ross Ltd
Fraser Ross Ltd
About Me: I am a volunteer with Engineering Ireland STEPS programme. A mentor for the European Space Agency CANSAT competition. Chairman of the Midland Astronomy Club (the oldest club in the Rep. of Ireland). President elect of The Rotary Club of Athlone. Chairman of Athlone Grammaphone Society.
8th Generation of a family of Engineers going back to 1853. R Merrick & Sons, Parnell Place, Cork was a family business engaged in Iron and Brass Foundry work, Ship Repairs, Steam Boiler Makers, General Engineering Workshop. Fraser Ross Ltd is a company acting as Agents and Distributors for manufacturers of Industrial Pumps, Valves, Instrumentation, Pipeline Products. Fraser Ross Ltd is a Fluid Handling System Specialists solving customer problems relating to the Storage, Transfer, Monitoring and Measurement of Liquids and Gases.
I joined Fraser Ross Ltd to develop the Chemical side of the business particularly with Pharmaceutical and Chemical Companies but was involved in other company projects e.g. Development of the pump metering system for bulk milk tankers, now the standard in Ireland. Supplying high pressure steam valves for Power Generating Stations in Ireland. Design and building Test Rigs for testing aircraft components for Aer Lingus to name but a few.
My Work: Making sure customers get prompt and immediate attention when thy make contact with Fraser Ross Ltd.
Insuring their inquiries are dealt with in the shortest time possible. Visiting clients where necessary to discuss their application. Following up with proposing the best engineering solution to satisfy their application.
My Typical Day: Attending to administration duties required of a managing director.
What I'd do with the money: Purchase some additional equipment for my STEPS visits to Schools.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Designing and building Test Rigs for Aircraft Components.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Loved visiting our family business watching the hot metals being poured into molds in the foundry, visiting ships to see repairs and watching superb machinists working on lathes, milling machines etc in the engineering workshop.
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Only when I got caught.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
10km cross country hike in 6 feet of snow at minus 17 deg C in the Canadian Rockies
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Love to fly to the moon or even the ISS, Visit Australia, Live in the Canadian Rockies.
Tell us a joke.
My friend and I were walking through Trinity College, Dublin one summer day when we were stopped by an American couple who asked us "Do you know where Kelly's Book is kept" Clearly they were looking for the famous Book of Kells which is on display in the college. I explained their error in calling it Kelly's Book and told them something of the origin of the book. Finally, after explaining where to find the book, they asked another question. "Can you tell us, Is the Ring of Kerry kept here as well?"