Bilfinger inspection trainee recognised at national awards

Steven Gunn, 28, received the Bob Service Award from the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing

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AN ABERDEEN energy firm trainee has been recognised for his exceptional performance and dedication to the field of non-destructive testing (NDT) by an industry body.

Steven Gunn, 28, a trainee NDT engineer at energy services firm Bilfinger Salamis UK, was presented with the Bob Service Award at a meeting of the Scottish branch of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) in Paisley on Friday.

The Bob Service Award is awarded to an individual at an early stage of their NDT careers who have done something exceptional in terms of performance, innovation, attitude or motivation

Steven was selected as this year’s recipient after impressing judges with his motivation to progress his career and his commitment to further education.

Fraser Hardie, BINDT Scotland Branch member commented: ”Steven clearly fitted the criteria for this prestigious award.  His positive attitude, self-motivation and excellent performance are exactly what the Branch looks for when considering nominations. We are pleased to see that he is progressing at Bilfinger and that he is continually striving for improvement. A well-deserved winner and we wish him good luck in his NDT career.”

Initially joining Bilfinger in 2016 as an Equipment Focal Point where he held responsibility for the management and coordination of conventional and advanced NDT equipment, Steven’s positive attitude did not go unnoticed, and in a bid to match his drive and ambition, the role evolved to give Steven more exposure to practical NDT. He was given hands-on experience, servicing equipment, sourcing alternatives and engaging with technology partners to find solutions for industry challenges.

Steven dedicated time to self-study, attended evening classes at North East Scotland College, achieving an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Following this, Steven continued to show an interest in developing his NDT career and was promoted to the role of Trainee NDT Engineer in line with the BINDT Apprenticeship scheme.

Over the last 12 months, Steven has achieved a Rope Access Level 1 Certificate, PCN L2 UT and EC qualifications, and following multiple offshore mobilisations to build in-service experience, has received commendations on his attitude and performance from both clients and colleagues.

2020 brings another milestone for Steven as he embarks on a BSc in Non-Destructive Testing.

Steven commented: “I really appreciate all the support I have received throughout my time at Bilfinger. We have a great team who constantly push for the best in all areas and I have learned a lot from everyone here.”

Dr David Hall, operations director at Bilfinger Salamis UK added: ”Steven is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award, and at Bilfinger we are excited to support him to further develop his career. His professionalism, attitude and commitment make him a fantastic role model to encourage other young people into an industry which offers exciting career opportunities.”

Bilfinger Salamis UK provides its partners with modifications, maintenance and operations support across the asset lifecycle to drive new efficiencies and reduce costs. Its expertise includes NDT inspection, advanced NDT inspection, access, specialist cleaning, coatings and decommissioning support services

The company is one of the UK’s leading providers of integrated services to the onshore and offshore oil and gas industry and the energy sector and employs more than 2,000 people. It is part of Germany-based industrial services provider, Bilfinger SE

The British Institute of NDT is the professional institute for all those engaged in non-destructive testing and condition monitoring. It is concerned with the education and training of its members, and the advancement of the science and practice of the subjects


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