About Us


AJ Engineering Offices

AJ Engineering & Construction Services Ltd was established in 1999 and has developed a reputation as one of the region’s foremost steel fabrication, steel erection and cladding specialists. Whatever the project, we aim to provide on-time and on-budget delivery of high quality products and services.

We provide services to major contractors including Balfour Beatty, Forth Road Bridge Constructors, BAM Nuttall, Corrie Construction, Robertson Construction as well as directly to clients such as NHS Highland, Diageo, and Historic Scotland. We are an ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 accredited company offering a premier service to our customers both new and old.

AJE are certified by SCCS (part of the BCSA) to provide fabricated structural steel and aluminium up to and including Execution Class 4 CE standard

We have also provided both fabrication and maintenance services  to local authorities such as:

  • The Moray Council
  • The Highland Council
  • Fife Council
  • Orkney Island Council
  • Stirling Council
  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Our CNC precision machining workshop  services the requirements of many companies most latterly in the Oil & Gas Sector but are recently diversifying across a wide spectrum of businesses requiring precision built parts. Our combined skills allow us to produce products from a ‘bolt to a building’.

Our Premises from the Air

Our People

  • Alan James

    Managing Director

    In 1999 Alan set up AJ Engineering & Construction Services Ltd... read more

    Alan started his career in 1970 as an apprentice fabricator welder working at the Forres based company William Reid Engineering. He then progressed into the drawing office and then became involved in project management. He was promoted to Projects Director and for six years he was responsible for a diverse range of projects including work in London at Paddington Station and Canary Wharf. During his time with William Reid he attained an HNC in Mech. Engineering and an MSc in Project Management. In 1999 Alan set up AJ Engineering & Construction Services Ltd, with one other workshop based employee and a rented building on the Greshop Industrial Estate, Forres. The company bought an adjacent site in 2002 and built the fabrication workshop where the company now based. Alan is married to Ainsley who is a teacher and they live in Forres. His daughter Erin and son Robin are both pursuing their own careers in HRM and digital broadcasting.

  • Graham Alexander

    General Manager

    Graham has worked with some of the country’s largest civil engineering and building companies... read more

    Graham has worked with some of the country’s largest civil engineering and building companies including Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try. Having managed the delivery of varied contracts across the UK, he decided to pursue an opportunity closer to home and joined Scottish Water Solutions as a Senior Project Manager to deliver their major investment programme. Following the completion of this, and other water related projects Graham worked for KBR in Australia managing water related projects there. In early 2014 the opportunity to become General Manager for AJ Engineering drew Graham back to Forres where he has been ensuring AJ Engineering is ready to take on whatever the future brings!

  • Wilson Burnett

    Mechanical & Electrical Technical Services Manager

    Wilson has broad experience in project management... read more

    Wilson is a time served Engineer having been an apprentice with Michelin Tyres in Dundee and Aberdeen before going on to become an engineering shift Foreman during my 11 years with them. Wilson left Michelin to take up a new challenge in the water industry first working for Scottish Water as a Senior Technician Engineer before joining Galliford Try providing capital project services to Scottish Water. Wilson was an Engineering Manager for 3 years responsible for a number of mechanical and electrical projects, including the new Aviemore Waste Water Treatment works, at a value of over £4 million. Wilson was later seconded into Scottish Water Solutions as a Project Manager, during that time delivering a number of projects in the Western Isles with a total value of over £20 Million before returning once more to Aviemore to deliver the new 6.5 Mega litre Water Treatment Works. Wilson has broad experience in project management of capital and maintenance projects on process type plants.

  • Pat Quinn

    Drawing Office Manager

    In 2012 Pat became our Drawing Office Manager and Operations Manager... read more

    Pat’s thirty year career in the steel industry started in 1980 as a trainee draftsman in Ireland. In search of new challenges he worked for a period as a draftsman in Wales and America. In 1995 he returned to Ireland to a Drawing Office Manager position, where his role quickly progressed to Contracts Manager. In 2012 Pat became Drawing Office Manager and Operations Manager with AJ Engineering. Pat revels in the challenges that the varied projects bring and has settled well in the north of Scotland enjoying the many golf courses.

  • Jim Thomson

    Estimating Manager

    Jim has been with AJ Engineering for 10 years... read more

    Jim has been with AJ Engineering for 10 years. Through this period Jim’s time has been spent more on estimating and less in project management, although he continues to manage a smaller portfolio of projects. Prior to AJ Engineering Jim worked for other structural steel fabrication companies in project management and engineering roles. Jim started his career in architectural design and drafting, this combined with his engineering and project management experience, enables Jim to produce efficient, value engineered proposal layouts from customer briefs. The varied scope and busy work load ensures there’s never a dull moment!

  • Alan Towns

    HSQE & Training Co-ordinator

    Alan has varied skills and experience... read more

    Alan started his career with a global company producing office supplies as an Apprentice Electrical Engineer and gained an HNC in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Following this he completed the NEBOSH General Certificate and carried out various safety duties under the supervision of the Safety Manager progressing to Team Leader. Alan decided that, to further his career, he would return to education and enrolled in a degree course at The Robert Gordon University studying Management with Human Resource Management. While completing this course he also worked as HR Officer for an Offshore Service Company, ACE Winches. Alan graduating from University at the start of the Global Recession, with employment chances greatly reduced he took the opportunity to build up a successful property letting portfolio. Alan’s position at AJE has allowed him to use his varied skills and experience and gain new knowledge to the benefit of both the company and himself.

  • Matt MacPherson

    Manufacturing Manager

    Matt has been with AJ Engineering for 14 years... read more

    Matt started his career as an apprentice at William Reids Engineering Ltd. He then worked with Enstone and Leiths on quarries around Scotland being promoted to role of Quarry Manager. This experience provided Matt with a good understanding of process equipment and the requirements for installation and maintenance of such plants. Matt has been with AJ Engineering for 14 years and is responsible for the day to day running of the workshop and the engineering operatives. He is project manager for clients who require reactive maintenance undertaken or co-ordinating activities during shut down periods. As well as process plants, Matt also manages the works AJ Engineering undertake on the rail network as well as viaducts. Matt is also the Responsible Welding co-ordinator for AJ Engineering as well as a crane appointed person.

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