After leaving school back in 2007, Gavin Thomson secured a Modern Apprenticeship as a Design Drafter with Halliburton Arbroath Manufacturing facility – all whilst undertaking a HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Gavin then joined the Completion and Intervention Operations team, firstly providing Engineering support and then moving into an Operations Coordinator position. Gavin has since been on the Business Development team from 2019 where he is focused on building relationships with clients and winning work. Due to his newfound interest in business and development, he also completed a degree in Business Management through Robert Gordon University.
Gavin’s role as an Account Representative for Halliburton consists of collaborating with customers, understanding the challenges they face and providing engineered solutions to maximise their asset value. This means understanding the customers business, technical issues and drivers, all whilst actively promoting Halliburton’s product portfolio.
Gavin has learnt many key lessons throughout his career so far:
“Getting involved and learning as much as you possibly can in a business is critical. In those moments where you face a challenge, take it on and complete it, whilst keeping a positive attitude and staying in control of your emotions.”
Although the Oil and Gas Industry can be described as very challenging, it is also an extremely rewarding and satisfying sector to work in. Additionally, as we move towards a more sustainable future, the Energy sector is providing more exciting opportunities and innovations than ever before. Gavin’s advice to people eager to get started in the industry is to reach out to anyone you know that works in the industry or to even get in touch with companies directly. Gavin and his team at Halliburton are currently taking more of a focus on engaging with schools, colleges and universities within Europe – keep an eye out for them in the coming months!
Gavin is delighted to be a member of ICoTA and specifically enjoys the lunch and learns where hosts present the challenges they have faced and the solutions that have been implemented - allowing him to understand the market and emerging technology available.
If you’re aged 30 or under, the ICoTA Europe membership is free of charge. For more information on how to sign up and the benefits, visit our membership page.
8 July 2021