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Stefan Nieuwenhuis about the unpredictabale aspect of his job

Stefan Nieuwenhuis, Technician at Omexom since 2016

What do you like about your job?

‘The variation. One day you’re working on safeguarding, consulting with engineering about a drawing that isn’t quite right, and supporting colleagues with installation. The next day, you’re testing, liaising with the client about what still needs to be done before a field can commence operation, and updating the administration. No two days are the same.’

What do you like about working at Omexom?

‘The lines to the office are very short. If something happens out in the field, I can call the office and speak to someone right away. I also like having the responsibility of organizing my work the way I want. Plus, I particularly enjoy maintaining contact with the different parties involved in the project I’m working on.’

What are the challenges?

‘We often have to deal with older systems that we have to build on. Engineering sometimes has to work with old drawing packages where the situation out in the field has changed in the meantime – this can present its challenges. Our job is to find a suitable solution and make it work. Obviously, you can look at the drawings beforehand to see if they are correct, but in some cases you can only really spot things once you begin working on them. A good example is a control system. But it’s that unpredictability that makes the job interesting, especially when you get everything to work in the end.’

What do you draw your energy from?

‘If the atmosphere is good and we’ve worked together well, then I feel satisfied. If the atmosphere is a bit of a downer, I do my best to change it. It’s not a challenge really, I quite enjoy doing it! I also draw energy from passing on knowledge and expertise to colleagues who want to know more about the work I’m doing or the system that I’m working on at the moment.’

What makes you proud?

‘That I have full-time employment and that I’m following a higher vocational study. Being able to combine the two is something that I’m proud of.’

What future challenges and developments do your predict in your field?

‘Lots! In the high-voltage station that I’m working on at the moment, for example, we’re dealing with just a small part of the installation. We may receive an order to work on another part at some point, but I think this sort of approach will change in the near future. I think they will probably look to start replacing a complete field or entire station, rather than just one small part at a time.’

And the next step for you?

‘In the future, I think I’d be interested in involving myself in our training institute, so that I can pass on what I know to others – show them what I do and what the possibilities are. I see myself as a sort of mentor to new colleagues who are eager to learn our field. But first I need to complete my own studies. Alongside my full-time work I’m studying a higher vocational course in electronics in the evenings. I’m now in the third year. When I’ve completed that, I’d like to do a few more years ‘playing outside’ as we like to call it, because I really enjoy the work. Becoming a project manager is also something I’d be interested in. But first, I need to get my studies out of the way!’