Spotlight On… Andrew Bembrick
Andrew Bembrick, Hydrographic Surveyor.
Q: Do you have a favourite quote?
“I feel sorry for people that don’t drink, because when they wake up in the morning, that is the best they are going to feel all day” [Frank Sinatra]
Q: What do you like most about working for PHS?
It would have to be the continuous training provided to staff. It seems a lot of companies only provide minimal training to perform a given task. This often results in ‘button pusher’ staff who can complete a task but have very little knowledge of what they are actually doing, or how that task relates to the overall scope of the project. Alternatively, at PHS, professional development is constant with PHS’ senior staff continuously mentoring trainee surveyors with the intention of all staff attaining their Level 2’s and eventually Level 1’s.
Q: Favourite travel spot and why?
I like heading to Falls Creek for a long weekend of snowboarding and hanging out with my mates. Having said that, I have a Japan trip planned for later in the year so that will likely become my new favourite travel spot.
Q: What do you find most challenging about hydrographic surveying?
I would have to say not being able to see what you’re measuring, which is quite different to most types of surveying and is something I have had to get used to.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
Spending a week at Oktoberfest!
Q: What are three career lessons you have learned?
1. On my first day in the field with PHS I learned that I’m scared of heights, unfortunately for me I discovered this fear about three quarters of the way up a beacon!
2. The best laid plans of Hydrographic Surveyors often go astray.
3. Trying to eat soup on a small boat is challenging, but highly rewarding should you pull it off.
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