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Andy Sneddon, Graham Piling Services

Describe your current job.
I’m the construction manager for Graham Piling Services – I do marketing, estimating, installing and payments – basically, everything.

What are your areas of responsibility?
Everything piling!

How did you get to where you are now?
I left university with a degree in house building (UK style). After a few years, I decided to change and get into piling. I started out as a junior engineer with Cementation Piling in the UK. After a few different career moves over a 25-year period, I now find myself in Canada with Graham Construction.

What do you love about your job?
All of it! And it’s in Canada.

What does a typical day look like for you?
What’s a “typical day”? I haven’t had two days the same since I started in piling.

What are the challenges you experience in your job?
I am still adjusting to the Canadian way, having spent 25 years doing things the UK way. I am getting there!

What are your future goals?
I want to continue to enjoy my working life.

What are your predictions for the future of deep foundation construction in Canada?
I am hopeful that piling contractors will be involved more with the initial designs, after all, we know the equipment and the risks and the solutions. Partnerships with GC and clients – it’s the future!

Fast Facts

First job: Paperboy (when I was 12 years old) 
Childhood ambition: To play rugby for Scotland 
Favourite food: Fish n’ Chips with mushy peas, and lamb vindaloo with chili naan bread 
Last movie you watched: The new James Bond – not the best I’ve seen
Last book you read: Johnny Cash and Keith Richards 
Family life: Two boys and three step-children – one in Canada; one in Leeds, UK; one in Doncaster, UK; one in Adelaide, Australia; and one in L.A., U.S.
Dog person or cat person: Dog 
How you spend your time away from work: With friends and with a guitar 
Apple or Android: Apple  
Best advice you’ve ever received: Don’t look down

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