WHAT MAKES A CALIBER ENGINEER?

You're only as a good as the people you employ.

 As part of our recruitment process, applicants have to pass several tests. There’s an interview, some technical tests, and there’s the “good bugger” test.

Our engineers have brilliant technical skills, practical skills, and “human” skills. We share common values that underpin everything that we do.

Here’s a collection of interviews with our engineers. We think you’ll agree … they are an awesome bunch
with good values, who are passionate about what they do.

What Makes Alister a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Alister a Caliber Engineer?

I had a fascination on how things work. Before and during Uni I was fixing cars, xbox’s, bikes, making my own speakers and found it rewarding!Being able to turn any concept into reality. Having an idea is one thing, actualising it into reality is another thing. It’s satisfying overcoming the...

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What Makes Mark a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Mark a Caliber Engineer?

My first introduction to engineering would have been through Lego, then once I grew up a little, I completed an apprenticeship in aluminium boatbuilding and really enjoyed the hands-on fabrication aspect. After a decade of that I decided to study mechanical engineering to feed my interests in the...

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What Makes Angus a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Angus a Caliber Engineer?

I never planned on a career in engineering, I naturally followed what I enjoyed and excelled at which landed on mechanical engineering.I definitely enjoy the problem solving & concept design the most, closely followed by detailed design and technical analysis.I studied Mechanical Engineering...

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What Makes Michael a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Michael a Caliber Engineer?

When I was growing up, my parents put a strong emphasis on receiving a quality education. This was the result of my parents not having these opportunities themselves. I wasn’t immediately drawn to engineering. However, I thought that it would suit me due to its practical applications of maths and...

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What Makes Aaron a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Aaron a Caliber Engineer?

When I was a boy, I enjoyed pulling apart and fixing machines and electric gadgets. Some would say, I could speak to machines. My family would say all I do and talk about is Aaron's ABCs, Aeroplane, Bikes, Cars and Sailing. Towards the end of high school, I had several people around me that were...

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What Makes Drew a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Drew a Caliber Engineer?

At high school I was always interested in the sciences and how to apply the latest technology to solve problems facing the world. Engineering provided the perfect industry for me to do this as well as adding a hands-on perspective.Every aspect of life involves an engineered solution. I enjoy...

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What Makes Josh a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Josh a Caliber Engineer?

I’m just the latest iteration in a line of engineers, but I’m the first one that sits in an office. My dad owns and operates AJ Engineering, a well-known jobbing workshop in Timaru, which he bought off his dad when I was a wee tot. So I grew up playing around the workshop with my brother, and...

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What Makes Jeremy a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Jeremy a Caliber Engineer?

I grew up building Lego and taking bikes apart before I knew how to put them back together, and I still love tinkering. Once I hit high school I found I enjoyed maths and physics so engineering seemed like the logical path. I chose to specialise in mechanical because I liked the idea of seeing...

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What Makes James a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes James a Caliber Engineer?

I had to make a decision when I left high school. I was a typical indecisive 18 year old who had not decided what I wanted to do. Luckily, I had plenty of support and friends whose parents worked in various fields. Several of them worked as engineers and it seemed like an interesting path that...

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What Makes Matt a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Matt a Caliber Engineer?

I liked creating stuff in the workshop as a kid. Making, breaking, and fixing model aeroplanes, skate ramps and all sorts. I was initially keen on architecture and graphic design but went with engineering because it has such a practical base to it.Bringing ideas to life. It could be a rough...

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What Makes Taylor a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Taylor a Caliber Engineer?

I was often curious on how the components of objects around me worked. Frequently I was caught taking apart old TV’s, VCR’s, Computers (often with a hammer or hacksaw) just to figuring out what these things were made of and what made them tick. This (along with an extensive Lego collection) all...

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What Makes Jonathan a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Jonathan a Caliber Engineer?

I’ve an insatiable appetite to know how any and all things work, and I have a natural talent for figuring things out and designing them. It’s a trait that I share with many other engineers in my family.I enjoy the satisfaction of delivering outcomes for the customer that are tangible, and when...

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What Makes Alison a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Alison a Caliber Engineer?

I grew up involved with mechanics. My father was a welder at a multinational and my older brother was a maintenance mechanic at the same company. They used to do little mechanical projects on weekends where I always had the opportunity to watch and learn. A career in engineering area was...

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What Makes Ivan a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Ivan a Caliber Engineer?

I've been a tinkerer since I was young, often getting into trouble for taking items apart which I should not have been doing. Once I found out about mechanical engineering in year 6, the future was obvious to me.The scope of the field. The versatility of the skills and their applications. The...

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What makes Jimmy a Caliber Engineer?

What makes Jimmy a Caliber Engineer?

I was always interested in figuring out how things work and fixing things and I was pretty good at math and science, so it kind of all fell into place. My dad and my grandfather are engineers as well and we did a lot of DIY around the house, fixing vehicles, bikes and things in the yard.I like...

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What Makes Brad a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Brad a Caliber Engineer?

From spending afternoons and weekends in the home garage and friends garages building and breaking things, all through school. It was a fairly natural progression and seemed like a good idea at the time.Unique challenges faced by Mechanical Engineers and the interesting tech and processes to...

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What Makes Dave a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Dave a Caliber Engineer?

From early on I was interested in pulling things apart and making contraptions which I guess is a natural progression into engineering.The biggest difference is the variety of the work. While a lot of the work is fundamentally the same, the projects are different and each company has a unique...

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What Makes Simon a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Simon a Caliber Engineer?

I’ve always been into tinkering, pulling things apart to see how they’re made or how they work, and designing and making things or improving existing things. I was really into Lego as a kid. I had thought I might want to be a mechanic, but my parents encouraged me to set my sights a bit higher. So...

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What Makes Paddy a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Paddy a Caliber Engineer?

From a pretty young age, I was keen on machines. The other day I showed a video of one of my machines to my parents and they were reminiscing about how my favourite game when I was a kid was called “The Incredible Machine”. Basically, it’s a computer game that’s sort of like mousetrap. You’ve got...

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What Makes Nathaniel a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Nathaniel a Caliber Engineer?

There wasn’t much in the way of career guidance when I was in school and, not knowing what was out there in the real world, I didn’t really apply much effort. After leaving school I ended up as a factory hand out on a fishing trawler. From there I moved into running a fish meal plant, which turns...

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What Makes Sanjeev a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Sanjeev a Caliber Engineer?

Engineering has been there right from childhood. I was curious and asked questions about how things worked … I liked fixing things (like lights and fans in the house!) My special interest in Geometry, Maths, and Science has further helped me excel in tough entrance exams for good engineering...

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What Makes Tim a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Tim a Caliber Engineer?

I didn’t actually decide that engineering would be a career option or something that I would want to do until about my final year of school when I had to decide what I was going to do at university. But I think from a young age I already had the foundations there. I’ve always liked to pull things...

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What Makes Euan a Caliber Engineer?

What Makes Euan a Caliber Engineer?

My dad is a mechanic so I grew up around motors, gearboxes, boats and pretty much everything in bits. I’ve always thought ‘what does that bit do, where does that bit go?' I also had access to heaps of tools so I always tried to fix things and just muck around. My dad was awesome, I don’t know how...

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* good bugger = a good person; smart, creative, communicative, with good values. To celebrate our good buggers, we even have a trophy!

"BEING A GOOD HUMAN BEING IS GOOD BUSINESS."

Paul Hawken

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