Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
National Cert in Machining & Toolmaking (L4)
Cert in General Engineering (L2)
Gordon Fairweather Award
Nathaniel received the 2019 Gordon Fairweather Award for a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering student for his “exceptional marks, thorough application and outstanding references“.
During the last year of my work at Crocker development of this new tool system was begun concurrent with my other work for the company.
This tool was to operate under higher pressures (135 MPa external pressure), have a smaller maximum tool diameter (4.5″ rather than 6.5″) and incorporate improved features such as a superior tool coupling system, self sealing hydraulic lines, while still maintaining the existing features of the V3.
The project was fairly well advanced before I moved back to New Zealand. I used AS 1210 3.9.4 for the design of the external pressure vessels (containing electronics under atmospheric pressure), implemented the tool coupling and electrical connector blind mating system, redesigned the sensor assembly, including the density sensor. Unfortunately, in part due to sustained low oil prices and stiff competition this project has been shelved.
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...
Crocker Research in Western Australia gave me my start in design. Crocker were the original developer of a Formation Evaluation Tool (FET). This tool is deployed down-hole (At 110 MPa external pressure) and uses various sensors (Density, Resitivity /Conductivity, several pressure gauges) and takes multiple samples to characterize the oil formation in a well (How much is there, how fast can it be produced and what is the composition of the formation)
Using Solid Edge and working under an R&D manager, I was responsible for ongoing development of the existing tool (FET V3), drafting, as well as documentation such as manuals, assembly diagrams. I restructured the drawing office procedures, brought in and maintained a QA process for the company, and simplified various parts to cut costs.
I have a good mix of practical and theoretical knowledge. I’m a qualified machinist/toolmaker well versed in what is possible and practical to achieve. I spent several years using SolidEdge for a company in Australia designing Oil & Gas tools. I’ve spent over a decade in plant operation and as a deep-sea vessel factory engineer responsible for the diagnosis, fitting, maintenance and repair of the various mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems aboard modern factory trawlers. I recently qualified with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. I also have the National Certificate in Machining & Toolmaking (L4) and a Certificate in General Engineering (L2). I have been running several of my own 3D printers for the last few years and am in the process setting up a home workshop.
- Innovative / creative thinking
- Engineering calculations
- Product development
- Microsoft Office suite
- Solid Edge
- Oil & Gas
- Product Design