Inspection trainee recognised with BINDT award


A Bilfinger Salamis UK trainee has been recognised for his exceptional performance and dedication to the field of NDT at a national awards ceremony.

Trainee NDT Engineer Steven Gunn, 28, was presented with the Bob Service Award at a meeting of the Scottish Branch of BINDT in Paisley.

The award is presented to an individual at an early stage of their NDT career who has done something exceptional in terms of performance, innovation, attitude or motivation.

Steven was selected as this year’s recipient after impressing judges with his motivation to progress his career and his commitment to further education.

Fraser Hardie, BINDT Scottish Branch member, commented: “Steven clearly fitted the criteria for this prestigious award. His positive attitude, self-motivation and excellent performance are exactly what the Branch looks for when considering nominations. We are pleased to see that he is progressing at Bilfinger and that he is continually striving for improvement. A well-deserved winner and we wish him good luck in his NDT career.”

Initially joining Bilfinger in 2016 as an Equipment Focal Point, where he held responsibility for the management and coordination of conventional and advanced NDT equipment, Steven’s positive attitude did not go unnoticed and, in a bid to match his drive and ambition, the role evolved to give him more exposure to practical NDT. He was given hands-on experience servicing equipment, sourcing alternatives and engaging with technology partners to find solutions for industry challenges.

Steven dedicated time to self-study, attending evening classes at North East Scotland College and achieving a HNC in mechanical engineering. Following this, he continued to show an interest in developing his NDT career and was promoted to the role of Trainee NDT Engineer in line with the BINDT apprenticeship scheme.

Over the last 12 months, Steven has achieved a Rope Access Level 1 certificate and PCN Level 2 ultrasonic testing and eddy current testing qualifications. Following multiple offshore mobilisations to build in-service experience, he has received commendations on his attitude and performance from both clients and colleagues.

2020 brings another milestone for Steven as he embarks on a BSc in NDT.

Steven commented: “I really appreciate all the support I have received throughout my time at Bilfinger. We have a great team that constantly pushes for the best in all areas and I have learned a lot from everyone here.”

Dr David Hall, Operations Director at Bilfinger Salamis UK, added: “Steven is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award and, at Bilfinger, we are excited to support him to further develop his career. His professionalism, attitude and commitment make him a fantastic role model to encourage other young people into an industry that offers exciting career opportunities.”