1989 GSX750F, __ 2022 GSX-S1000GT
I'm Engineering and Maintenance Manager for a factory that makes sealants, epoxies, grouts, renders and the like for a multinational corporate owned by Nippon. I did a tradesman's certificate as a plant mechanic working at a large electricity authority. I then started a mechanical engineering bachelors degree and spent the next 20 years in the water industry with a company owned by ITT Corporation (at the time, an USD 8 billion company). I had stints running the contracts department, the projects department and lastly the engineering department. I travelled all around Australia, Asia Pacific and China troubleshooting problematic pump systems, presenting seminars to water authorities and consultants, and providing technical knowledge for large installations. These included the whitewater rafting course for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, various power stations cooling water supply pumps and major water supply and wastewater pump stations. A good example was Bayswater Power Station Cooling Water Pumps where I selected 16 pumps that were 680 kilowatts each, worked out how they would be controlled and did both computerised CFD modelling and physical scale models of the hydraulics for the pump station and upstream river section. After that, I moved to a professional engineering consultancy for a few years where I led a team of engineers to design the whole of mine dewatering system for a new mine near Newman in Western Australia. This lead me to work as a reliability engineer in a BHP-Billiton Uranium Mine in remote South Australia for a few years sorting out mine/town water supply issues. And the last job I had before my current job was managing the after sales business for a special type of crusher used in hard rock mines called High Pressure Grinding Rolls (YouTube has some videos if you google HPGR). I managed the install and commissioning of a 6 megawatt, 12 story high, 450 tonne machine in the Pilbara and did the same for smaller machines in South Africa and Chile during 2019. I organised and did site supervision of dozens of maintenance shutdown projects on these machines with up to 35 tradesmen. I worked some absolutely ridiculous hours in the Pilbara in 45 degC heat. I'm now very glad to be doing a 50-60 hour week and be home every night and every weekend so I can ride my GT .