Career story

Alan Knight, Civil Section Manager

From Scotland, living and working in South-Africa

About me

I have a BSc in Civil Engineering from Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Previously, I worked for Wärtsilä, based in the South Africa office. The Cape Town office is mostly marine and the support I needed as an overseas project worker was not always there. Tekniq gave me this support. They were always only an email or phone call away. In 2014 I started to work for Tekniq myself.

Travelling around the world making power plant constructions

I am normally employed as a Civil Section Manager on EPC new build projects. I have worked in many countries such as Colombia, Togo, Oman, Indonesia, Chad, Zambia and many more.

As Civil Section Manager, my job is to support the local sub-contractors in the construction of the power plant. This typically involves earthworks, concrete foundations, and structural steel erection.

The best thing at work: being able to help, getting support whenever needed

As many of our projects are located in the developing world, I enjoy passing on my knowledge and skills to the sub-contractors. I see my role quite often as a mentor to people who, at the end of the project, have gained new skills which will help them in the future.

So, what do I particularly like about Tekniq as an employer? That no problem or issue is too big for the Tekniq team. Support is always quick and only a phone call away.

The love of beautiful nature

I am lucky to be living in a beautiful part of the world with many hiking trails and beaches. If I’m not out hiking or walking, I love to read. Another hobby that not many people know about is collecting, fixing, and modifying old Nintendo handheld Gameboys