Energy Tracers wanted!
We are looking for enthusiastic people to train to become CHEESE Energy Tracers.
Licensed Energy Tracers conduct thermal-imaging surveys of domestic buildings to identify areas of poor thermal efficiency. They also provide the householder with information on how to tackle any of the issues identified and other general ways of saving energy in their home.
As an Energy Tracer, you will learn how to operate the CHEESE thermal imaging equipment, how to interpret thermal images and the basics of building construction and energy efficiency. As well as this, you will have the opportunity to meet new and interesting people, to make a significant contribution to an exciting and important project, to gain expertise that might help in your career advancement and to earn some extra money. Since training and surveys will be done outside of normal working hours, being an Energy Tracer can be fitted around a full-time job.
To train to become an Energy Tracer, you will need to attend our two-day training course to learn the basics of thermal imaging and building construction, led by thermal-imaging expert Brian Harper. We also run a half-day course on the health and safety aspects of working in people's homes. We normally hold these courses in October and November, before the start of the surveying season.
The two-day course has classroom-based and practical parts, with plenty of time for questions and discussion. Nick Banks, a participant of the training course, held over the weekend of 21st, 22nd October 2017 said:
I just wanted to say thank you for the excellent course you delivered last weekend. I thought the whole was delivered at the right pace, with insight, gentle humour and plenty of opportunity to harvest contributions from the trainees. [...] I look forward to the follow up sessions and, in the meantime, I’d like to start proactively raising interest in a thermal survey on my street and then the wider area.
You will gain experience of CHEESE thermal imaging surveys by assisting a trained Energy Tracer and shadow them as they perform house surveys. If you have undertaken the training courses, it is possible to become a fully-fledged Energy Tracer in the same season. The final step to completing the training is for Brian Harper to assess a survey led by you, to check you are confident and capable of delivering surveys to the public. After this, you will be eligible for payment and be able to lead surveys, and help train new aspiring Energy Tracers.
If you were not able to complete the training courses, you can assist with surveys but will need to wait to complete the next training course to complete the training. We also welcome anyone who would like to assist with surveys but do not plan to complete the Energy Tracer training.
Scheduling of surveys
The surveying season will start in November and surveys are usually scheduled at the weekends, but sometimes on weekday evenings, in sets of 2 or 3 in a day. They will be in in the greater Bristol area.
Get in touch
If you are excited by the idea of becoming involved with the CHEESE Project to train as an Energy Tracer, then please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to introduce yourself.
Please note that since our surveys involve meeting members of the public and visiting their homes, we will need you to supply us with a short CV and two short character references. This is part of our operations policy and we ask all new surveyors to do so. The references can be from friends or employers but need to be a written paragraph or two, not just a telephone number.