Meet the team – Matthew Brown, Senior Workshop Technician

26 February 2024

Matthew Brown joined Ashtead Technology as a Workshop Technician, before being promoted to Senior Workshop Technician last year. Matthew works alongside other Senior Workshop Technicians to ensure the smooth running of the workshop, and providing technical support to our clients. He is also involved in the development of new products and services.

We asked Matthew to reflect on his time with Ashtead Technology and to offer insights and advice to trainees embarking on their careers in the subsea technology industry.

What did you study at college and what interested you in this field?

Originally, I wanted to study physics at university, but like to many, I didn’t get the grades I needed. Instead, I saw it as a chance to change direction and went to college to study Electronics.

I chose Electronics because it offers many opportunities for future careers. There are various paths you can take once you have the qualification.

What have been the positives to starting your career on a Trainee programme?

You receive hands-on training directly from industry experts, enabling you to apply theoretical knowledge under the mentorship of experienced team members. A clear career progression path is laid out for you, based on achieving competency targets, allowing you to continuously enhance your skill set and provide advancements in your career. Plus, you can earn income while gaining invaluable knowledge and skills.

What do you enjoy about working in the Survey & Robotics team at Ashtead Technology?

Working with my colleagues at Ashtead Technology is fantastic; we foster a culture of support and collaboration, ensuring that our deliverables meet high standards. Each of us is driven to excel in our roles. We work with the latest technology in the industry, keeping us ahead of the curve in terms of skillet and technological knowledge.

The dynamic nature of our work ensures that each day brings new challenges and opportunities. Personally, I’ve had the chance to travel to Holland, while our team members have travelled to Singapore, Dubai and Houston to support our teams across the world. The role provides ample opportunities to travel and explore different parts of the world!

Can you share a piece of work you were part of that was a highlight in your career?

A highlight for me was the trio to Ijmuiden, Holland last year to assist one our clients. We successfully implemented a modification on a subsea multiplexer, enabling our client to seamlessly transition to the next phase of their survey project with minimal downtime. It was great achievement and a positive outcome for all involved.

What piece of advice would you give Trainee’s in their first role?

For trainees starting their first role, I would emphasize the importance of being proactive and open-minded. Take imitative to learn as much as you can about your role, the company and the industry. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek guidance from colleagues. Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth, and maintain a positive attitude even during the inevitable setbacks. Finally, remember that building strong relationships with your team and demonstrating reliability and professionalism are key factors in your success.

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