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.
Meet Mike, affectionately known as the ‘general dogsbody’ in the Machining shop. Mike has been the Manager for 16 years and enjoys the mix of work that the division gets to be involved with.
Prior to Farra, Mike had various different roles within the engineering sector from workshop supervisor to a metal spray engineer. Mike's wealth of experience as a mechanical engineer makes him a real asset to the team at Farra. His favourite projects include the Burrinjuck repairs due to the unique setting that it was located within and the Manapouri repairs. During these projects, the team had to place many different facets together to create a solution that worked for the client as well as doing the job right the first time.
When Mike isn’t playing ‘dogsbody’ he is a massive sports fan, including watching his sons rugby, going with his family to grass kart events, and also enjoys water sports.
Adrian started at Farra 18 years ago when he began his apprenticeship as a Fitter Turner. He then left for 18 months and worked at Donaghys as a fitter until he got a call from the Machining Foreman to come back to Farra. Adrian completed his apprenticeship and went on to run the large CNC Borer and was heavily involved in site work. It was hard work, with long hours but was always interesting and rewarding, while working with great people.
Adrian suffered a knee injury from motorbiking and found workshop/sitework more and more difficult and it was suggested he should look for a different job. He has been pursued in the past to take the foreman role at Machining and had always resisted, but two years ago this seemed like the best option and he decided to go for it. Adrian is now the Works Manager for the Machining workshop and enjoys role organising the workshop, men, and job flow on a daily basis. Farra Machining use and deal with very expensive machinery which is a huge responsibility in itself to manage.
One of Adrian's memorable work times was the Manapouri Upgrade. He was responsible for machining many parts then being on site underground installing the parts. The project had long days, was hard work, but was a satisfying experience shared with many other onsite workers living in a hostel.
Outside of work Adrian still enjoys motorbiking and spending time with his family.
Mike has been with Farra for five years. When he knocked on Farra Machining's door the first couple of times he was told things were currently quiet. Mike did his Fitter/Turner apprenticeship at Scotts, dabbled at University studying Law and Business, and also laboured for the building industry, then heard things were really busy at Machining. Mike rang Ryan and finally got in. Mike spent four years on the fitting team at Machining then had the opportunity to move into the office as a Production Engineer.
Mike enjoys the daily challenges of Machining and achieving customer goals is key to him. He believes that Machining offers a high standard of service and product that doesn't always come cheap, but if you want quality then Farra Machining is the one stop shop.
If you want something badly enough you've got to work hard to get it, it won't come to you.
Outside of work Mike is an enthusiastic boxer, loves to travel and spend time with his family.
Glenn joined the machining team about six months ago and comes to Farra from a 30-year career working in a number of different Dunedin engineering companies. As the Workshop Foreman, Glenn's role consists of managing the day to day running of the machine workshop, all while preparing quotes and aiding the other workshops of Farra where necessary.
Glenn enjoys the people management aspect of his role and is having fun learning about the hydro projects Farra gets involved with as they are big, complex, and are full of interesting challenges.
For Glenn any project where he is involved in from start to finish is a favourite project as the sense of ownership and seeing it through to a successful completion is extremely rewarding.
Outside of work Glenn is into anything outdoors and has been a volunteer firefighter for the past 23 years.
Glenn joined Farra Fabrication initially after working at Fisher & Paykel for eight years. He did an adult apprenticeship as a Heavy Fabricator and after seven years in Fabrication he decided his calling was more in the Fitting side so transferred to Farra Machining where he did another adult apprenticeship as a General Engineer.
Glenn enjoys the diversity of work that is offered, his workmates company, the opportunities of doing interesting site work, and the challenges that go with that.
Working on the Ravensdown Steam Turbine is a job he remembers well and enjoyed the complete overhaul the project required, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the great bunch of guys he worked with on that project.
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Outside of work Glenn likes to spend as much time as he can with Lucy (his AP5 Valiant).
Mike has been with Farra Machining for over 30 years. He did his Fitter and Turner Apprenticeship learning his trade in the workshop and eventually running the workshop before he took on the role as Fitting Supervisor which involves full on site work.
Mike enjoys the satisfaction that comes with "fixing BIG stuff", the variation of jobs he runs all over NZ, the people he meets along the way, and the everyday challenges.
Mike's most enjoyable job is the Wind Farm at Horseshoe bend. From go to woe Mike refurbished, installed on site and now maintains the project. It was a great job!
You only get out what you put in, do your best and you'll get looked after".
Outside of work Mike likes to spend time with family and friends, and work on his cars.