To provide world-class solutions you have to have world-class people leading the charge. Our team is full of industry professionals that have the know-how, can-do, like no other attitude that helps create bespoke solutions for you.
With a background in Mechanical Engineering and an interest in renewable energy, Thomas was the perfect fit for the project manager role 7 years ago. Now, he is the manager of the Engineering Design team. Thomas puts his creative skills in to play. Having the creative freedom to create new products and bespoke solutions is only one of Thomas’s highlights of working at Farra.
Having a mix of both national and international clients, Thomas gets to travel to inspect, strategize and implement product outcomes. This allows him to see the problem needing a solution first hand and ensures the client relationship is an engaged, informed and happy one. One of his most enjoyable products was the High-Riser solution developed for the re-cladding operation on Spencer on Byron Hotel in Auckland. This allowed the team to rethink maintenance systems and create a world-first innovative solution, which is a Best Awards finalist.
When Thomas isn’t thinking of his next solution to clients problems, you can find him playing squash, out trail riding and diving.
Terry joined the Farra team 19 years ago and is currently a Senior Design Engineer. He has a Bachelor of Engineering and has a background working in consultancy firms, working as a Systems Engineer, working as a Project Manager for Shell Fuel, and he completed a stint with Airbus Industrie.
Terry enjoys being able to test out the finished equipment and see the results from his designs.
Outside of work Terry enjoys outdoor activities, including biking, tramping and camping.
Shane is one of Farra’s project engineers in the Engineering Design department. Initially he was an independent contractor draughtsman and he eventually joined the Farra family in 2002. His role is mainly draughting and designing and he loves the fact that all jobs are unique and no two jobs are the same.
One of Shane’s favorite projects was a Pit Maintenance Unit in Canada and he enjoyed seeing the project through from the initial concept to installation. Not only that, he also finds enjoyment in site visitations and meeting new people and engineers.
When Shane is outside of the office, he is a group leader of the Opoho Scouts Group where he spends time with his two children.
Nick was a fresh graduate from Otago Polytech majoring in Mechanical Engineering when he started at Farra Engineering Design as an intern. After six months Nick joined the design team as an Engineering Draughtsman. His role at Farra includes producing 3d CAD models, draughting and preparing technical documents for products as well as aiding in the development and design of engineering solutions.
Nick enjoys the creativity that comes with his work as well as coming up with innovative and creative engineering solutions as all projects are unique and different. This is why the North Shore High-Riser is his favorite project because of the unique solutions implemented on the project.
Nick’s advice is:
Take inspiration from everyone and use people’s experiences to your advantage and be willing to learn from them.
If you can’t find Nick in the office, you will likely see him at the Pomahaka river near Clinton enjoying the great outdoors and hunting.
Nathan has recently joined the engineering design team as a Design Engineer with expertise in design, engineering calculation and simulation. Nathan has a master’s degree in engineering, plus over 10 years of work experience including 6 years of working in the aerospace industry. His daily role in Farra is design, hand calculation and simulation as well as participating in project management.
Nathan enjoys not only the challenges that “no two projects are same” brings but also seeing the concept through to the finish. Nathan believes that know-how from both the practical and theoretical side enables the concepts to be implemented better in the real world.
Outside of work Nathan relishes travelling, dancing and photography.
Fu is Farra Engineering Design’s newest team member. His role is a draughtsman and Fu brings with him 7 years of draughting experience. Fu graduated from Otago Polytechnic majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Fu enjoys learning new experiences with Farra, especially with the different approaches to draughting. Tips from Zhengchu is:
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes even little ones because that’s how you learn.
He enjoys doing all kinds of different projects and enjoys every project he has ever worked on.
During his free time Fu enjoys fishing and spending time with his two children playing table tennis.