LD Asset Management are rolling out new Mercedes Sprinter vans across our fleet of mobile maintenance vehicles to increase the capabilities of engineers in the field.
The new state of the art vehicles feature Active Brake Assist, Crosswind Assistance and a 9-speed automatic transmission. Converted by Motor On Services, these new vehicles will allow us to provide our customers with a better service and keep their assets on the road.
With 13,000+ assets managed by the business nationwide, our network of mobile engineers are kept busy servicing, repairing and conducting compliance tests on customers’ equipment to ensure any wear and tear is dealt with before it becomes a problem.
Sam Davis, chosen to receive one of the first Mercedes Sprinters, didn’t start his career as a Mobile Engineer. He joined LD Asset Management as a member of the breakdown team, working in the office.
“I’d been working in breakdown for about six weeks,” Sam said, “when Mike Bird, Managing Director of LD Asset Management, asked me if I would be interested in moving into an engineering role, with training provided by the company. Mike and the company supported me throughout the process.”
Sam’s training was done in-house by our own skilled team of mobile engineers. Working around his role in the office, he gained experience out in the field working with members of the team and now specialises in Tail Lifts and Double Deck Trailers.
“I organise my workload on a Sunday, so I know where I need to be, and when, on a Monday morning. I could be doing anything from a service, LOLER, weight test or a breakdown. There’s always variety to the day,” he continues, “We don’t just service Lawrence David trailers, we can service any asset that our customers need us to.”
Sam will work from the new Mercedes Sprinter, which has been fitted with racking, tool boxes and a 12/24V power supply complete with battery system. He will have the functionality of a full workshop with this set-up and it will allow him to diagnose issues, fix problems and service lifting equipment from your facility and avoid costly downtime.
When asked what his favourite aspect of the job is, Sam said, “… the freedom of it. You’re assigned jobs, but there is freedom to the order of the day. I love the job itself as well – I’ve always been hands on, working on cars solving the problem and fixing it – I don’t see this any differently.
“I’m grateful to LDAM. They promised me they’d do something for me, train me as a mobile engineer, and they did. I’ve been doing it for a year now and I love it.”
Gareth Dando, Head of Operations for Asset Management, added:
“It is great to see Sam increase his knowledge and understanding of Tail lifts, Moving Decks and Shutters and he is becoming a competent engineer and a valuable member of the LDAM mobile engineering team.
“As part of our long-term commitment to Sam’s development we have just supplied him with the 2018 model Mercedes Sprinter fully furnished with all the necessary equipment and parts for Sam to complete his role to the highest standards.
“At LDAM we try to reduce our customers’ down time through our preventative R&M programmes or carrying most of the parts needed on the vans for our engineers to complete a first time fix on our customers’ equipment.”