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.
Jamie started working in fabrication as a Heavy Fabricator/Welder in 2008 and a couple of years later decided he wanted to experience working in the office. Jamie moved to a new role as an Engineer Technician and has found his practical hands-on experience has been a great asset in assisting this transition.
In 2013 Jamie set off on his OE with his girlfriend to the UK for a year and a half where he earned more work experience in engineering and landscaping. Jamie did extensive travelling before returning to Dunedin and Farra were happy to have Jamie back on the team, offering him a position as Project Manager within the fabrication division.
Jamie enjoys his job for the varied and interesting projects that come his way. One of his favourite jobs has been project managing the NSR High Riser project, a new product design for Farra that brought with it lots of challenges.
Jamie’s top tips are:
Never be too comfortable in your job and always be ready to learn new things.
Two hands receive a hospital pass!
Jamie's favourite quirky saying is “tis the way it is Lad!”
Outside of work Jamie enjoys, diving, landscaping, rugby, surfing and relaxing with his family.
Merv joined Farra straight from school, just over 40 years ago. He completed his Sheetmetal Apprenticeship and worked his way through the workshop to Sheetmetal Foreman, and then Foreman of Fabrication & Sheetmetal when they were combined. Subsequently Farra Lift Components was born and a workshop was set up on Bachop Street, with Merv becoming the Works Manager for this department. As of 2018 with the combining of all of the Farra workshops into One Farra Merv has become a Project Manager for Light Engineering.
Merv enjoys the variety of work that is offered at Farra. He enjoys mentoring staff and watching their development, and the relationships he has grown with customers over the years.
His most memorable job was the refurbishment of Parliament House in Wellington. Farra was tasked with building and installing new lifts and Merv was involved in the whole process, from manufacture through to on site installation. The job coincided with Wellington’s 150th anniversary celebrations so the city was a great place to be at the time. Being able to walk around Parliament House freely was very exciting and Merv particularly enjoyed the opportunity to sit in the speaker’s chair!
Merv's top tip:
Take any opportunity that comes your way, including training, so you can advance yourself at every opportunity.
Outside of work Merv enjoys gardening, photography and finding new coffee shops to try out with his wife Jill.
A veteran in the Farra Family, Grant has been with us for 37 years and is one of the longest standing team members. What started as an apprenticeship in the Sheetmetal division straight out of school has naturally progressed to Grant becoming the Stainless division manager and now a Project Manager for major projects.
Being organised, methodical and having awesome people skills makes Grant the perfect Project Manager. During a typical day, you could find Grant job planning, invoicing, quoting or putting to use his HR skills. His favourite element of the job is that something different is always happening and having new challenges presenting themselves which keeps him on his toes!
As a Project Manager, Grant sees a lot of projects come through the workshop, but to date, his favourite projects include the Brew Tanks for Emerson's brewery, Speights redevelopment and the small brew pubs that he has helped out with over the past 37 years.
Outside of work, you can find Grant watching sport and his son playing football. He also, following on from his favourite projects, enjoys trying new beers!
Jon started his career as a Fitter & Turner by trade and comes to us with experience in large industrial fitting and petrol chemical projects. He is a recent recruit here at Farra and is using his 29-years' of industrial knowledge in his Project Manager role, managing the installation of major projects such as building maintenance units, hydro upgrades and architectural projects.
His favourite projects are the ones that are big and complex which offer the challenge of finding solutions to problems and then getting to see those projects come to fruition. Jon is really looking forward to getting to stuck into such projects here at Farra.
Jon's top tip is:
"Say what you are going to do and make sure you achieve it".
When not at work Jon loves spending time with his kids.
Nick started with Farra just over eight years ago after nine years at Fisher & Paykel where he did Processing and Programming and helped to move the plant to Mexico and train new staff over there.
Nick jumped at the opportunity when offered a job at Farra Sheetmetal and hasn’t looked back.
Nick enjoys the banter and friendships he has made at Farra. He is always ready to assist customers and particularly enjoys doing the stainless cabinets Sheetmetal complete for Switchbuild and the relationship he has built up with them.
Don’t get complacent in your job, strive to keep your job interesting.
Outside of work Nick loves to mow his lawns on his ride-on mower and take his jet ski for a run.
Adrian joined the Farra family just over 21 years ago after doing a few casual jobs here and there. He started off on the shop floor in the days when Stainless, Sheetmetal and Lifts were one and he remembers guillotining 4.5 tonne of 6mm plate. He did many roles in the Sheetmetal shop over the years such as Bender on the press brake, working the turrets, and had a year on nightshift before being asked to do the Computer Programming for the ever-growing Fisher & Paykel workload. His vast experience in the Sheetmetal shop, knowledge of the machines, and how to program and run them lead to his now position of Project Manager.
Play longer–work Less (if you can).
Adrian would say the most enjoyable part of his job is the Designing aspect. He doesn’t get to do as much as he’d like but when he does he gives it his all. One particular project he has fond memories of was doing a sculptured wall of NZ native flowers for an artist which now graces the front wall of Wanaka Pool.
Outside of work Adrian is an avid Golfer and spends as much time as he can playing golf. Also loves to renovate and he and his wife have the “Travel Bug”.