It’s been a long time coming trying to find the right candidate – but we’ve finally done it! Next week welcoming Robert Ryan to our Welding Centre team!

Robert brings over 30 years’ experience in the engineering trade to our offerings. In the late 80’s beginning his career specialising in welding. Consequently leading to a journey that has seen him gain training and qualifications in TIG welding aluminum components, MIG and MMAW with structural steel works.

No doubt it’s this depth of understanding that created a strong foundation in establishing his own engineering company. Where he delivered fitter welder services to the Agriculture Industry for the forestry sector. Later diversifying into the food and beverage sector and Energy, Transport and Property Infrastructure markets.

Welding Engineer Robert Ryan.

He’s worked on multiple corporate sites such as CHH Kinleith, Pan Pacific Forest, Winstone Pulp International, Kiwirail and Contact Energy. As well as a range of food and beverage focused companies such as Church Road, Corbans, Nobilo, Craggy Range, Montana and Heinz Watties. Commercial acumen that we’re excited to connect to our membership in our value offerings.


A change in focus toward education

In 2009 Robert’s focus transitioned to education. Becoming a Tutor and then Assistant Manager at the NZ Welding School. This allowed him to bring his commercial understanding to industry training courses to better assist technical issues in welding procedures.

A skill that saw him become a consultant for a welding consumables company in a similar developmental framework. And most recently, his own welding consultancy business in training, education and procedural development.


What does this all mean for our members?

At HERA, we believe Robert will form an integral part of our Welding team’s capabilities! Our focus to upskill our industry and provide technical advice well covered by his previous roles and insights gained throughout his career.

General Manager Welding Centre Dr Michail Karpenko saying: “Our recent work to understand the value we deliver to our members has prompted the need for us to expand our team to meet growing demand.”

“Robert stood out to us as his scope of experience will be integral in helping us deliver strategic focuses in R&D, education and training, certification, verification and technology transfer.”

“A lot of our members deal with daily operational challenges, so Robert’s commercial understanding will be valuable in terms of offering practical and cost-effective solutions.”

On starting his new role with us, Robert said: “It’s not every day you get an opportunity that puts you at the forefront in the industry you’ve chosen. That’s why I’m thrilled to be joining HERA.”

“One of the things I love is being able to work with industry to help them achieve their goals. Furthermore, this role will give me the scope to deliver education, compliance and qualification assistance even more.”

“Above all, I’m excited for what is ahead! It’s a chance to expand my knowledge base to support industry,” he said.