08 march 2017: This year Albert-Jan de Vries is celebrating 15 years at Piet Brouwer. His career began with an internship for his electrotechnology studies, and he continued in the company as an electrician after graduating. Later Albert-Jan became first and then lead engineer before taking on the position of Planner & Service Manager.
“As Planner & Service Manager I am involved in the daily schedule of our electricians and act as a back-up when they have questions about technical issues or planning. I also answer service mails and am responsible for the resulting activities. This includes placing orders, resolving issues by phone or mail, and arranging staff for service provision on vessels worldwide.”
The most memorable project for Albert-Jan to date was the construction of the Windfarm Support Vessel Acta Orion. Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology quickly realised the design, engineering, delivery and installation of the entire electrotechnical system, including diesel propulsion, on board this 108-metre vessel. “The fact that we were able to successfully deliver a vessel of that size in such a relatively short period was a major achievement!”
Albert-Jan describes Piet Brouwer Electrotechnology as “unique, flexible and surprisingly versatile. Our employees can switch between their various fields of expertise very quickly.” The variety of activities and projects at the company are another attractive area for Albert-Jan. “One day you can be on a fishing vessel, the next on a coaster and then on a yacht. No two working days are the same.”