How many years have
you worked in the
It's been 19 years since
I first began in NDT, way
back in 1996. Like most
in the industry, I have
enjoyed the opportunity
of working for several
ranging from one of the
smallest, to one of the
largest companies. Both
in the similarities and
the uniqueness of each of these companies, they have
given me a wealth of experience and the opportunity of
working in a wide range of industry sectors. My thanks is
extended to these companies.
How were you introduced into NDT?
It was really a step of natural progression and I must say,
good fortune. I was working as a boilermaker, fabricating
and welding pressure vessels for Swift Engineering in
Mackay Queensland. It was during this time I got to
know the guys from M-test, who were always dressed
in brown shorts and short sleeve shirts, doing the NDT
and welding inspections. Now for somebody working in
the heat of Nth Qld., wearing full leathers on top of long
sleeve shirt and trousers, whilst holding a heating torch
to a heavy plate about to be welded; the idea of working
a little less physical and
in a pair of shorts seemed like it could have quite
I had the AS1796 Welding Supervisors ticket and was
looking to further my career and become a welding
inspector. At the time, the only welding inspectors I knew
were all NDT technicians, I had just assumed that NDT
was part of a duel role for welding inspectors.
I enquired about how to get a job with that particular
NDT company and was fortunate enough to get a
position, starting out at Dysart a short time later.
Can you share with us the most interesting
aspects of your work thus far?
Working in the NDT industry can have its moments,
however it can be surprisingly interesting and never
lacking for variety.
From working in the middle of the coal fields one
moment, to flying into the PNG highlands jungle the
next, you never know where the next job may take you.
Then there was always that job barely metres from the
crystal clear waters and white sands along the beachfront
of Noumea- New Caledonia. Oh, and then there was
the fresh barramundi caught off the pier whilst at Cape
Flattery far Nth Qld... So many great jobs and locations!
Travel, the diversity within NDT itself and the variety of
work are the most interesting aspects for me.
What are the challenges you face as a business
Apart from keeping a finger on the pulse with all the
different aspects of running the business, there's another
side that also needs to be carefully maintained. It's
maintaining close relationships with clients, and ensuring
that the service being provided is still effective and
relevant for their needs whilst they steer through change
or challenging circumstances. Keeping things real, with
the best possible outcomes for all is what it's about.
Can you share with us a career highlight?
My travels throughout China a few years back for another
job which was full of adventure. Being immersed in the
culture, dealing with lovely people, now that was an
amazing experience! It was a very interesting job that
encompassed a wide scope of work, wearing different
hats so to speak, which involved thinking on your
feet. This was something in which I found extremely
rewarding, utilising the knowledge from a wide skill set.