How did you get into engineering?
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.
What do you enjoy most about mechanical engineering?
Unique challenges faced by Mechanical Engineers and the interesting tech and processes to achieve desired outcomes.
What engineering experience did you have before you came to Caliber?
Spent the first 8 years after AUT at Marine Industrial Design (Whangarei) as Mechanical Engineer/Drafts person. My work involved barge conversions for material handling applications and new deck equipment (winches, capstans, stern rollers), superyacht conversions from old commercial vessels, and superyacht hardware including water tight doors, deck cranes, tender poles.
Following that, I did a short stint in Vancover on a working holiday, reverse engineering after-market lifting equipment components for Rotor Electric.
Back in New Zealand, I went back to Marine Industrial Design for a while, before heading to the UK. I worked for Aker Solutions (UK) for 2 years as a Project Engineer.
On return on New Zealand, I did a short mechanical design work contract for Techniplan, designing weigher hoppers for agriculture and precast concrete panels for the construction industry.
What makes working for Caliber different from the other engineering companies you’ve worked for?
Good variety of work and having to come in running, as projects are often at the pointy end.
Is there a particular project that’s been a highlight of your career?
Aker Solutions (UK): Project Engineer (Third Party Projects – Non Aker). Project Engineer OneSubsea/Husky Energy. Lead Project Engineer from start to completion of Project DeKa for OneSubsea/Petrobal. Started and engineered solution for OneSubsea/Chevron Project before handing over.
What does your dream project involve?
A dream project for me would include a good mix of Project Management and Engineering with a little travel thrown in.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I like board sports mainly (surfing, snowboarding, skating) and tennis.