Welcome to Meet Our Geoquip, our regular blog series featuring employee insights from across Geoquip Marine. This regular feature is an opportunity for the many diverse voices working in both on offshore and onshore teams to share their story, provide insights into their role in the company and offer advice to those looking to begin or continue their career in geotechnical engineering.
Today’s post features Scott Price, Head of Drilling at Geoquip Marine. Scott oversees drilling operations across our fleet of integrated geotechnical survey vessels. We would like to thank Scott for taking the time to share his story with us.
Can you tell us about your role at Geoquip Marine?
As Head of Drilling, my role is to instruct, supervise and be overall be responsible for the performance of operation management. This includes management of the geotechnical drilling department and drilling teams in the company.
I also ensure procedures are being implemented and used for drilling, CPT operations, and any operations or use of equipment. Another function of the role is to participate in the Geoquip Marine executive management team, providing direction and stewardship of the company.
What inspired you to follow a career path into drilling and geotechnical engineering?
What got me into drilling initially was working all over the world in a dynamic environment. You never know where you will be working next and each day there is something new happing which keeps it exciting. Geotechnical drilling has a diverse market including offshore renewables, civil infrastructure, scientific research, gas hydrates and mineral exploration. Projects range from shallow to ultra-deep water, so there is always a challenge and plenty of excitement when working in this dynamic industry.
What do you enjoy most about your role as Head of Drilling?
Previously I was Rig Manager, so I was only looking after one rig, now as Head of Drilling I am looking after the entire fleet of rigs and equipment. This gives a much bigger picture of the company’s operations and coordinating and managing the fleet is more challenging but also more rewarding.
What are the key skills or attributes you need to be successful in a role such as yours?
The key skills needed for this job is to have high safety standards and building the safety culture within the company. Communication skills are also important, being able to communicate both verbally and written is essential.
Another skill required is the ability to make a decision, by weighing up the options in the situation you are dealing with and making the correct call.
What advice would you give someone who is considering a career with Geoquip Marine, whether it be onshore or offshore?
If you like to work in a dynamic and exciting company, then do it! It is a great place to work, and the company is always looking for professional people with drive who have a genuine desire to grow in their field. Geoquip Marine is expanding and creating good career and advancement opportunities.
Finally, do you have any hobbies or passions outside of your work? Please tell us about them.
I enjoy hiking in the mountains, going to the beach with the family and travelling to new places around the world. We also have a ton of LEGO at home, so I spend time with the kids building.