A first for concrete pipe manufacturing

We’re pleased to announce Quinton Harmer of Humes Pipeline Systems, Hastings factory is the first to gain New Zealand’s only recognised qualification in Concrete Pipe Manufacture through BCITO – National Certificate in Product Manufacture (Pipe), Level 3.

Humes have had 16 employees complete other concrete qualifications on-the-job. Many of these people have moved into supervisor roles within the company or the wider industry and some are now even plant managers. When we launched the Pipe-specific programme in 2014 Quinton was eager to enrol. In his role as Spun Pipe Supervisor, Quinton was keen to learn about how the business unit operates and to increase his knowledge base to be able to help his co-workers. “It was a great opportunity when I received my Certificate to speak personally about the programme and promote it to everyone else. My holding this qualification has raised the bar and now we have at least two workers who are serious about signing up next year,” Quinton told us.

Based at the Hastings factory, Quinton leads a group of keen young guys who work very hard every day in this rough and tumble industry. Continuous Improvement Manager at Humes, Brian Robinson told us, “Quinton’s a great leader and he’s really improved the culture within the group in recent times. I put this down to his success at implementing what he’s learned in his own training within the workplace. He really is passionate, involves all his team members and gets them interested in continuous learning. We’ll definitely have more of our people working towards this qualification in the near future.”

Quinton HarmerQuinton says, “On-the-job is a great way to learn and I couldn’t have done it without the support of my BCITO Training Advisor. When you have someone mentoring you, keeping you on your toes and making sure you stay on track, that’s a bonus.

“I encourage anyone working in pipe manufacturing to get on-board and get qualified formally. It’s a great sense of achievement and satisfaction when you can call yourself a professional because you’ve earned the Certificate that proves it.”

Quinton has now moved on to his next big learning challenge and recently enrolled in BCITO’s National Certificate in Competitive Manufacturing (Level 4).

Congratulations on being the first ever qualified pipe manufacturer in the country, Quinton. Best of luck with your next goal and don’t forget to tell Brian he might have to get you a bigger office shortly so you have enough space on the wall for all your Certificates!

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