Jonathan Barry

Estimator

G.J. Cahill & Company
St. John's, NL

Why did Jonathan choose this career area?

Jonathan’s father, a fisherman in Petit Forte, was interested in the systems onboard boats. Jonathan shared this interest and decided to learn more about mechanics. He checked out careers involving design, piping systems, and machinery.

After some reflection, he chose a career working on technical projects in an office rather than doing the physical installation of systems and machinery. He realized he was a technical person who enjoyed working with numbers and figuring out solutions. Courses in advanced math, physics, and chemistry helped pave the way for a technology program.

What’s Jonathan’s educational background?

Jonathan graduated from Christ the King School in Rushoon, and then completed the Marine Institute’s Marine Engineering Systems Design program. While completing the program, his summer job gave him experience drafting piping systems in 3D, creating build strategies for the systems drafted, and doing pipe spool drawings and assembly drawings for ships being built in the USA.

Upon graduation, Jonathan had five job offers, all with well-known and reputable NL companies. The choices were wonderful, and he accepted the position that most closely matched his dream job.

Jonathan is now enrolled in the on-line Bachelor of Technology program on a part-time basis, while working full time. He figures the more education, the better.

What’s Jonathan’s job all about?

As an estimator, Jonathan calculates the total mechanical price for pipefitting jobs. This requires great attention to detail in order to prepare a complete list of materials needed to finish the job.

What are Jonathan’s working conditions like?

Jonathan’s works in an attractive, modern office located less than 10 minutes from his home. The staff is very friendly, active, and always there to answer questions and help in any way. The work environment is very safe and professional.

What benefits are associated with Jonathan’s job?

The start salary for this type of job is $40,000 - $50,000 annually; the amount increases with career experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability, and employer pension contributions.

Jonathan’s employer thinks exercise is important for employee health. Staff members enjoy an attractive work place, including an onsite gym. As well, the company pays half the membership for employees who join private gyms.

The social club regularly hosts sporting events, activities for children of employees, and lunch on special days.

Professional development is available for new computer software, WHMIS, First Aid, job site safety, and so on.

What’s exciting or cool about Jonathan’s career area?

Jonathan has done site visits to prepare bids and consulted with managers, industry suppliers, and contractors. In terms of travel, he recently returned from a week in Bermuda working with local people on a project he helped design in the NL office.

Jonathan works with skilled professionals from whom he learns something new every day. His job also offers lots of quality time at home since he works a standard week of Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.

What advice would Jonathan give to people considering a marine transportation career?

This career would suit those who enjoy working with and reproducing technical drawings, are good working with numbers, like finding solutions to problems, have an interest in technical work, and like technical writing.

It helps to have good communication skills; an ability to read, interpret and produce drawings; and good computer and math skills. As with every marine career, the opportunities to progress are impressive. With hard work, success awaits.