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Meet MTE Project Manager – Dale Farnworth

MTE has developed a highly effective management team who deliver to worldwide clients, achieving successful completion of projects within budget and on schedule.

Dale Farnworth is an experienced Project Manager who has grown within MTE. Dale has been with the company since 2011 and has been involved with many of the prestigious major projects worldwide.

Name: Dale Farnworth

Position: Project Manager

Joined MTE: 2011

What do you consider the most important aspects of your role?

Project planning along with identification and management of project risks are two of the main aspects of my role. This involves setting and monitoring budgets throughout the project ensuring our products are delivered on-time and within the target cost.

Change management is also a vital aspect of the role, we work very closely with our clients and give them regular reporting updates whilst working with them to meet any changing demands.

When closing a project out we hold a ‘lessons learnt’ meeting which involves evaluating the success of the project and the challenges we were faced with, this enhances learning for the next project.

Highlight some significant career achievements.

Before joining MTE, I completed a part time foundation degree in renewable energies technology whilst working for a local family run fabrication company working as a fabricator. I then joined MTE as a plater in 2011 and showed interest in moving to the office as a junior project engineer.

As part of the training I completed a part time bachelor’s degree in engineering management and from there I become a project engineer until I was promoted to Project Manager in 2017. I’ve worked for MTE now for 9 years, from starting as a plater to working in my current role!

Proudest moment at MTE?

I’d say the proudest moment whilst working at MTE has got to be successfully managing a modular package for the Sellafield Nuclear Site. This consisted of delivering a turnkey package for 2 electrical modules as part of the decommissioning project.

This involved managing the design and engineering for both modular builds, electrical & HVAC systems and interface with clients suppling the switchgear, VSD and harmonic filter.

Managing a multidiscipline project involved learning new skills within the electrical and HVAC system areas. It was a very demanding and fast paced project.

Tell us about the largest project you have worked on/working on (Whilst at MTE).

The largest project I’ve worked on whilst working at MTE is helping manage Ichthys LNG, this was a £17m million project consisting of 26 high integrity electrical modules. The project lasted for 2 and a half years and was delivered on time and within budget.

My current project I’m working on is also one of the largest I’ve managed, Arctic LNG 2. This project has been awarded by 4 Chinese yards and is worth over £16.5 million. The scope of work consists of large carbon steel and stainless-steel Fire and Blast panels including Fire Screens and Fire Walls for GBS1 and GBS2.

Best part of your job?

The best part of my job is being able to work with multidiscipline teams and working together to smoothly manage a project from start to finish. Working with so many individuals and companies means that I’m able to gain an understanding of a wide variety of cultures and job roles and it means I’m constantly learning new things – it’s such a diverse role.

It’s also very satisfying seeing a project through from start to finish and successfully delivering it to our clients.

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