Please introduce yourself, give your job title and explain in a few sentences what you do?
My name is Gerrard Halsall, I work as the Inspection Controller on the Humber pipeline replacement project, on behalf of National Grid. I ensure that we have relevant Inspectors on site to cover activities such as welding, coating, non-destructive testing and all other related pipeline construction activities. I collate all the reports generated by the inspection team, turning them into permanent as built data that allows us to commission, operate and maintain our assets, safe in the knowledge that they have been constructed to the relevant NG & Industry standards.
What industry do you work for and how long have you been in it?
I work in the energy industry, in the quality department, predominantly focused on the construction of gas transmission pipelines. I have been I the industry for 20 years.
What attracted you to your industry and what do you envisage it will look like in a decade?
Prior to my Inspection role, I was a welder, working in very similar industries. I saw gaining inspection qualifications as a natural career progression and away from the manual aspect of the industry.
I envisage it will be in another cycle of construction replacing aging assets.
What is the biggest challenge of your job?
Gaining my initial inspection qualifications. This involved extensive training, revision and several examinations. This was all self-funded whilst maintaining my day job.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The day to day challenges, problem solving and team building.
What would you advise someone who wants to join the industry?
I would encourage people to gain as many qualifications possible, continually building on their knowledge and experience. Given the right approach and attitude, it can be a very interesting career that can take you travelling to places afar. Every project has different challenges, which for me is what keeps me interested.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to be working less, probably as an external consultant.
What qualities make someone stand out in your industry?
Do you need a university degree to do well?
No. Just Vision.