Lieutenant Marc Griffiths CEng CMarEng MIMarEST is a marine engineer in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Summarise what you do in one sentence:
In my current role, I am responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient delivery of training on auxiliary ships systems.
Describe your academic/training history and how you got to where you are today
Graduated with a BE(Mech) from the University of Auckland before working as a graduate engineer with VT Fitzroy (operator of RNZN dockyard). An opportunity presented itself and I joined the RNZN as a direct entry engineering graduate. Following this there was a prolonged period of training (initial officer training, systems engineering management course in UK including AMEO time on an HMS BULWARK, followed by completing my engineering charge qualification on HMNZS CANTERBURY. Since then I have had several engineering shore jobs, before being selected for my current role as the RNZN exchange officer at the UK Defence School of Marine Engineering. Since joining the RNZN I have also completed my MSc through Portsmouth University.
Describe a typical workday
Working within a training school my day revolves around three main areas. Reviewing the material state of the training equipment and providing assurance to myself and my superiors that it is safe to train on; ensuring that my instructors have all the facilities and resources they need to deliver efficient training; and ensuring that the training delivered prepares the students for their role they will undertake on board ship in a constantly evolving environment. The amount of time I get to spend on each area will vary greatly from day to day and there is always the potential for something different to enter the frame as a requirement of being within the Services.
What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
In my current role I rely heavily on interpersonal and communication skills; between dealing with my SME instructors, students, superiors, and contractors there is a whole range of different engagement. Technical and managerial process skills are still used on a fairly routine basis but are more often than not a secondary requirement.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the ever changing nature of my work combined with the technical challenges presented. No two roles since I have joined the Navy have been the same and often the work being done in each role will change day to day. There is also a nice real world impact of various tasks that I have been involved in which can be very rewarding and inspiring.
Give us an interesting fact about you!
Mildly amusingly in a career that has an ongoing requirement for me to serve at sea I still get seasick.
* Why did you become a member of the IMarEST?
I was initially drawn to membership of the IMarEST through the internationally recognised and respected Chartered Engineering status they offered. IMarEST has helped my career through the additional CPD opportunities including attending the INEC conference in 2018. There has also been significant benefits provided by the networking opportunities gained from my involvement in IMarEST operational activities (branch committee positions and the like).