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Hi I have been an engineer in the Print Finishing Industry for over 40 years, they say with age comes experience!


Warren House

Next to Hampden Bottom Farm

Little Hampden

Great Missenden

Buckinghamshire HP16 9PT

Graphic Engineering

Engineers to the Print Finishing Industry

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email: rickfordham@btconnect.com



Its all about me!!!

I went to a Technical high school, obtaining 7 O'levels in Engineering drawing, Mathematics, Metalwork, Physics, Chemistry, Commerce and English Language. I left school and went to Bucks College of Higher Education in High Wycombe. I obtained an OND in Technology and a HNC in electrical and electronic engineering.

During my time at college I worked during the holidays in local manufacturer's and a local farm. A company Vitramon Ltd in Woburn Green, paid for my HNC Course and gave me paid time off to attend college one day a week. I was working at Vitramon in the maintenance department, tool making, welding etc. At the local farm I was farm labourer.

My first full time job was working for The Ministry of Defence at ML Aviation Ltd as a Quality Assurance Engineer.

A great job but the pay was poor, with a young family I moved on.

I then worked for Xerox as a Field Service Engineer in London, this entailed going into Great Portland Street everyday. It was not an easy commute as I was living in Marlow at the time. I then had the opportunity to work for a International company Harris Graphics Ltd, I started as a Field Service engineer, then assistant Service Mannager. I was then promoted to Service Manager looking after 10 engineers, along with Spares and Technical department.

During my time as a Service Engineer and Manager I travelled the globe carrying out work in many countries.

In 1988 I set up my own business GRAPHIC ENGINEERING, where  we supply services to the Print Finishing Industry.

As a Bindery Service Engineer, have years of experience of repairing many makes and types of book bindery equipment.

Personally I spent my youth as an aspiring Rock star playing Bass and singing in a local Band.

Inspired by the Falklands war, I joined the Territorial Army achieveing the rank of Lieutenant and then went onto be a detachment commander in the Army cadets. I also achieved qualifications as a diving instructor, obtained my Private Pilot license and my Power boat skippers license. I have a great extended family which includes my wife Jainie, 4 daughters, 3 sons and 4 grandchildren and two Newfoundland dogs Bear and Penelope. The wife has a cat!!!