In your final year at Uni, all engineering students are required to undertake a thesis as part of the course. The choice was simple for me in that it had to be in noise and vibration as this was the subject where the lecturer used to jump around enthusiastically explaining the theories behind it all and I figured wow, this acoustic stuff must be really exciting… hmm. This decision was made very lightly at the time and its funny how it was actually a pivotal point.
After completing my mechanical engineering degree with 1st class honours from the University of Western Australia, I then applied for several jobs, not all in acoustics. Luckily enough, the only one that actually offered me a job was an acoustic consultant in WA, at which I stayed at for seven years.
By this point my wife and I were expecting our first child and a lifestyle choice needed to be made. I spoke with Daniel who told me how great it was to work from home, managing your own time, flexible hours… blah, blah, blah. Little did I know that flexible hours was another way of saying you can also work at night!
Needless to say, there is so much noise in the world, which I can vouch for as from one child, we now have three. Can’t resist without a photo so here they are… yes they are the cutest kids ever and I’m not biased at all.
Although work keeps me busy, I really enjoy it, although it would be a whole lot better without clients… except for my favourite ones — you know who you are! Outside of work there is golf, yes that silly game that looks so easy on tv. I’m still not convinced that ducking out for a cheeky 9 holes during work is relaxing and most the time I would have been better off working but alas, I still try.
I am also reliving my glory days of playing baseball by coaching my oldest daughters teeball side. We started as the Trophy House Tigers and in our first year had a losing record, but most the girls came back for a second year. The parents said I did a great job (despite the win/loss record) and should coach again. I should have twigged something was up but it was only later I realised these compliments were just so they didn’t have to coach and I would do it again. Due to vigorous contract negotiations (6 year old girls can be tough) a new sponsor was needed so we entered our second year as the Tristar Sharks and we actually finished with a winning record — team photos below.