LUKE Maynard, 28, a senior mechanical technician at DP World London Gateway who has found a career pathway through the port.
The Thurrock Independent caught up with him to hear how he got started and what his future holds.
What is your background and how did you get your job at DP World London Gateway?
I wasn’t keen on school, but I did enjoy helping my Dad – who is an engineer – work on cars and speed boats.
I left school at 16 and joined the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer, gaining NVQ level 2 engineering qualifications in maintenance and installation. I served for seven years but I missed my family so decided to return home to Essex.
I then joined DP World London Gateway. I started as a mechanical technician, reacting to any breakdowns on the port. Since then, I’ve had several interesting roles, allowing me to develop my career.
In 2016, I got to work in China inspecting the work being carried out on new quay cranes we had ordered.
What does your current role involved and what does a typical day look like?
I oversee a team of 14 staff responsible for maintaining equipment – from hybrid shuttle carriers to diesel generators – so it is all reliable and safe to operate. This involves diagnostics and repair work on electrical faults and mechanical defects. It is a varied role.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
DP World London Gateway has some of the most technologically advanced container handling equipment in the world, from automated stacking cranes to electric shuttle carriers with sophisticated guidance systems.
It is a great opportunity to get to work on this sort of equipment; you wouldn’t get that in any other UK business.
I also get a real sense of achievement when I have fixed a machine that’s broken and see it go out the door, repaired and safe for use.
You lead a team, too. What sort of people are in it?
My team, which has about 14 people in it, is really diverse. The youngest is 21, the oldest is 63. The have joined from a whole range of organisations and a range of different backgrounds, including car mechanics from the AA, Ford, London Bus Company, guys from the power generation industry and from soft drinks manufacturing. It just goes to show that skills from a range of engineering backgrounds can be applied here.