From Svitzer Cadet to Sydney Engineer

Q+A with Thomas Gray, former Svitzer Cadet now Sydney Engineer

Why did you join the maritime industry? Were there any key influences in life that inspired you to follow your career path?

I have been attracted to the Maritime industry for as long as I can remember! My brother and I are the 5th generation of my family to work in the industry. We grew up around the ‘working’ Sydney Harbour, so I have always had an interest and passion for all things maritime!  This drove me to pursue a career at sea and once qualified, in the harbour towage sector of our great industry.

What attracted you to Svitzer?

I found out about the Marine Engineers Cadetship Program, through my father who also works in the maritime industry, however I was actively seeking a Cadetship at the time! I was interested in this particular opportunity because I was familiar with Svitzer and excited about the opportunity to work for a reputable company, and the incentives such as job security that comes with working for an industry leading employer. I am very grateful to have gotten my ‘start’ in this career

What has been a career highlight so far?

Highlights, would be obtaining my Marine Engineers Qualifications, and being a part of the dry docking of a Bulk Carrier in China, which was an unforgettable learning experience! It has also been invaluable working alongside highly skilled and knowledgeable maritime professionals, that make a large operation like Svitzer run smoothly.

What advice would you give other young people or new entrants looking to join Svitzer Australia?

The advice I would give is to remain focused on the job and your goals, don’t get distracted or deterred. You should always try to learn something new every day. Finally, have a strong work ethic, this along with continually learning on the job, will ensure you go a long way in this industry!

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