Daniel Durell

Currently involved with excavation works down Grève de Lecq beach, so can involve sheet piling, excavating and framing in preparation for ducting to be laid. Luckily I’m quite involved with the marine side of Geomarine so coastally based either on land or on the boat, which is pretty awesome.

How did you get your job?
After arriving back in the island and sending off a few CV’s, I ended up contacting Phil our Managing Director and managed to arrange an interview and it obviously went well as he ended up hiring me.

What motivates you in this role?
The change in jobs and sites is great as you get a major variation. I really enjoy being based on site rather than in the office, although office work is sometimes unavoidable. It’s always interesting being put into a new situation and using your initiative on how to overcome problems and take the best route forward.

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?
I’m only new to the construction industry in my current role so will be learning a lot over the next coming years. I’m aiming to learn as much as I can by being as hands- on as possible. One aim would be to end up becoming a chartered engineer but that can wait for now, as I’m adapting from a mechanical engineering degree to a civil/ marine area.

What are the three most important skills required for your role?
Quick thinking and not being held up on problems but looking for the solutions. Preparing in advance to ensure you have everything you need for the job and being able to handle the disruption of transport, as it can be a nightmare getting what you need on island within a certain timescale.

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession?
Get as much hands-on experience as you can, as soon as you can. It’s surprising how much I actually use from what I’ve learned from my dad, when working on the farm and doing jobs on the house which you can use the lessons learnt from that and gure out solutions. It also helps to have a get-up-and-go attitude and be willing to help and ask questions, because if you never ask the questions, you’ll never know the answers.

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