The company was founded in 1999 by Chris Earp after being made redundant by the closure of Crediton based firm Jackson and Tasker Engineering, following the retirement of Henry Tasker.


Earp Engineering undertakes a wide range of fabrication works in their 1300m2 workshop on the outskirts of Crediton.  Works range from domestic one-off gates through to medium steel frame structures and really everything in between.


We specialise in the more intricate fabrications that our competitors step away from, undertaking fabrication of almost anything in stainless steel typically, handrails, balustrades, spiral stair cases, one-off stainless fabrications for the food industry to include suspended gantries and complex conveyor systems.


Earp Engineering has worked extensively with civil contractors within the marine industry with a host of  materials to suit the location  and employ our own CAD technicians who provide a robust service in terms of detailed drawings.  We also offer design calculations where required to ensure we meet the needs of our client. Our staff consists of 15 personnel all of whom are qualified as a minimum to CSCS standards.  We carry IPAF & PASMA accredited operatives who hold coded welding status at several levels. Our site supervisors are trained to SSSTS level and are all asbestos awareness trained.  We are continually monitoring and undertaking the necessary training to ensure our business meets the needs of our clients. 

Chris Earp


Chris Earp  began his career in 1990 as an apprentice welder and fabricator.  He founded Earp engineering in 1999 following the closure of Jackson and Tasker and has since expanded from a small enterprise to its current staff of 15. His business ethos is based on good working values and relationships. 


Earp Engineering works within the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors.  With his 24 years experience in the industry Chris has built strong relationships with a host of principal contractors throughout the South West and beyond and continues to do so to this day, providing a first class service in terms of cost, programme and quality.  He remains excited about the future of the company and is always looking for ways to further expand the business.


Joe Hawkins


After leaving school Joe joined Earp Engineering as an Apprentice Engineer and following the completion of his apprenticeship he qualified to NVQ1 standard in engineering. Continuing to work on the shop floor, he has gained many years of experience in a host of fabrication projects.


Always keen to progress Joe worked on larger projects within the business where he undertook the role of works supervisor, “I've always worked to the best of my ability and pushed myself as hard as possible to achieve and be an asset to the business”.


With senior staff recognizing Joes ability he has been given many opportunities to advance through the company and now undertakes the role of General Manager. One of his responsibilities within this position and following extensive training is drawing and designing projects, this is all made possible utilizing Tekla our company 3D modeling system.

Joe is a keen competent individual who is passionate and focused on providing quality customer service.

Dave Sutton


Dave joined the Earp Engineering business from the outset following the closer of Jackson & Tasker.  He is the most senior fabricator in the business and has been instrumental in the professional development of many other members of staff.  Dave's attention to detail is second to none and is an inspiration to the shopfloor team.  He has produced some of the most intricate of fabrications and has a particular ability to fabricate the most complex of staircases. 


Dave is and remains a key player within our business for our existing workforce and our apprentices.