I’m Vaughan, originally, I’m from the Waikato area in the North Island of New Zealand.
I grew up on various dairy farms around the district with my parents and sister. During this time I attended various small rural schools and moving onto Te Aroha College to complete my high school education. In addition to schooling I spent a lot of my spare time helping on the farm which included milking cows, cropping, fencing, water repairs etc. In my later years at high school once I had a obtained a driver’s licence began doing jobs for other farmers around the district before and after school. Working these jobs allowed me to beginning riding dirt bikes, modifying and repairing vehicles and fishing which have continued to be my main hobbies throughout life.
After finishing high school, I completed my apprentice in Maintenance and Diagnostics in Mechanical Engineering at Cullen Engineering Co. Ltd. in Te Aroha. I spent 6 years with Cullen’s where I was based in the machine shop but spent a lot of time on performing site work and also in the fabrication shop when required. We specialised in building and installing conveyor systems, tail lift gates and structural steel work.
In 2010 I moved to Australia and began working in the mineral sands mining industry. Spending a total of 2.5 years on two separate occasions working on cutter wheel dredges, wet concentrator separation plants, magnetic separation plants, heavy mobile equipment, rigging and cranes. Along with working in mining I also completed an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering. In between the years spent in Australia I took 2 years off to travel. A lot of this time was spent travelling around Europe and the United Kingdom building and rigging concert tents for festivals with Kayam Tents during the summer and working for a backpacking hostel in Edinburgh for the winter.
The next move for me was to travel to Halifax with my girlfriend Emily. This is where I began working with Volcano Construction Services. I started out doing asbestos abatement and other various demolition. I quickly moved up in the company becoming a field supervisor working on some of the larger mechanical removal and rigging projects. Since then I have moved into the office and taken on a roll as a mechanical estimator and project manager. This roll has allowed me to take on many challenging projects and I’m looking forward to working on many more in the years to come.