Following our recent acquisition of NGDF and the launch of Miller | NGDF in Australia, we wanted to give you an insight into our Workshop Supervisor, Sean Congo, and his journey to date working with the company.
One exciting aspect of the acquisition was it provided an opportunity for one of our current employees to embark on a new journey, seeing Sean move from Miller UK to head up our workshop for Miller | NGDF.
With over 15 years’ experience in repairing and welding earthmoving equipment and attachments at Miller, Sean is a great fit to run our workshop specialising in repairs and refurbishments of attachments and heavy machinery as well as custom design and build projects and field services.
His relocation to Australia highlights the career prospects available in global companies such as Miller and Sean sheds light on his upcoming plans for the workshop.
Q1. What age did you join Miller and why did you choose to work with the company?
A1. I joined Miller when I was 17 years old. Initially, I had gone to college to pursue A-Levels, however, it didn’t take long for me to realise that it wasn’t for me and that I was more aligned to a hands-on trade. Recognising my passion for engineering, I applied for an apprenticeship at Miller as it is a family led business with a family feel to it – as they really invest in their people – yet is a large company that offered lots of career development opportunities.
Q2. What experience did you gain in the UK that you can apply to the Australian market?
A2. I have extensive experience spanning over 15 years with my expertise lying in repairing and welding earthmoving equipment and attachments both in a workshop and out in the field, for example in opencast coal mines and major quarry sites in the UK. From this, I have developed a versatile skill set that encompasses not only the hands-on craftsmanship required for repairs but also the world of costing, quoting, and executing repairs tailored to diverse customer needs and applications.
Q3. What made you want to move to Australia?
A3. After hearing about Miller’s plans for the acquisition of New Generation Design and Fabrication, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to challenge myself and further develop my skillset in a new market. I was thrilled that Miller thought I would be the perfect person for the job and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and the support I’ve received from Miller during the process.
Q4. How many staff will you be managing at the new workshop?
A4. Our current team includes four highly skilled welders/fabricators and one apprentice. I am extremely impressed with the team here, they have all been very welcoming and have a positive can-do attitude with any work they are given, always completing it to the highest standards.
Q5. What are your thoughts on the workshop?
A5. Our workshop boasts excellent equipment of high quality, including four fully equipped welding bays, a CNC Mill, and band saws. With these resources at our disposal, we have the capability to handle a wide range of repairs in-house, covering most aspects of the job. The workshop has also undergone a transformation with our new branding to give it a more modern look.
Q6. What do you see for the future of Miller | NGDF?
Over the coming months, our goal is to expand our capabilities and enhance our service by conducting more on-site repairs. By doing so, we aim to minimise downtime for our valued customers to ensure their productivity can be maximised. We are committed to continuously improving our offerings to ensure that our customers receive a fast turnaround, and, to a very high standard.
As the business continues to grow, we have plans to expand our workforce which will include training up new apprentices. We recognise the importance of investing in new talent and nurturing the next generation of skilled professionals in our industry and I’m really looking forward to being part of it all.
If you have any workshop requirements for Miller | NGDF, please contact Sean.Congo@millerngdf.com.au.
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