Workshop Supervisors play an integral role in ensuring equipment meets the desired specifications. At the heart of this process is Simon Bertocchi, one of Babcock Australasia’s most trusted and long-standing employees.
Simon joined the company as a Hydraulic Technician in 2008 after spending almost two decades in the automotive industry. With 12 years’ experience under his belt, Simon is proud to grow with the company.
Simon plays an integral role in ensuring Babcock’s daily operations are carried out safely and on time, ensuring equipment meets the required specifications while providing direction, oversight, and scheduling of work.
“My job is to plan and coordinate all repair activities, supervise and motivate a team of Workshop Technicians and stores personnel. It requires me to plan work activities to ensure timely performance and compliance with company and customer requirements while promoting safe working practices,” he details.
Simon believes that they key to one’s career growth is the ability to overcome challenges.
“Overcoming the day-to-day challenges with our internal and external stakeholders ensure we deliver a quality product on time, every time. It can be demanding at times, however, the end results are rewarding,” he says.
“My role at Babcock has enabled me to further develop my interpersonal relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and senior management. I have gained the confidence to approach any circumstance that may arise knowing that I am able to overcome any issues.”
As a leader, Simon is most satisfied when his team grows and reaches their career goals.
“I enjoy seeing the growth and development of the team I work with. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than mentoring the younger generation, after all they are the future,” he says.
“Over the past 12 years, I have made many friends and built great relationships through a diverse team. I have been fortunate to work with great people.”
In Simon’s eyes, there’s no doubt his career at Babcock over the past decade has been fulfilling and, moving forward, Simon only foresees this success continuing.
“In five to ten years I see myself working in this same industry. I have spent many years working on the refurbishment and sustainment of the Collins Class submarines,” he says.
“It has been a very rewarding experience and I am excited about the future opportunities within the naval shipbuilding industry as we rapidly approach future marine projects.”
Simon’s advice for people who’d like to pursue a career in the naval industry is clear.
“I would encourage people to follow their dreams. Life’s too short to wonder ‘what if?’ – be confident enough to put yourself in a position where you feel challenged,” he encourages.
“The naval industry is not a job, it is a career. If you are seeking a challenge with rewarding results in a robust industry that promises huge growth, this is the job for you. There will be exciting times ahead for all involved in the entire defence industry.”
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