Education: bachelor’s degree in Romania and master’s degree at the University of Technology in Lisbon
Age: 27 years
What made you decide to come and live in the Netherlands?
I come from Romania, where I completed the first part of my studies in naval architecture. Afterwards I earned my master's degree in Portugal. Upon completion of my studies, I was approached by various companies. Nevesbu seemed to be an attractive option. They have a long tradition in naval architecture and have an excellent reputation that reaches far beyond their borders. Additionally, the level of engineering in the Netherlands is high and that really appealed to me. As an extra advantage, my wife - who is also an engineer - was also offered a job in the Netherlands.
What does your job as a naval architect entail?
I work mainly with engineering problems and structural design. Nevesbu specialises in naval vessels, specifically submarines. This is usually a highly specialised field in terms of equipment and materials and requires complex engineering solutions. These are challenges which I greatly enjoy! I always work as part of a project team which includes other engineers and design specialists.
What has been your most interesting project so far?
One of our clients wanted to have an existing tanker converted into an oil producing ship (FPSO-vessel). A fantastic project in which we were able to come up with many creative solutions. I was involved mainly with the structural integration of the external turret mooring system.
And, how is your Dutch?
Well, to be honest, not very good. All communication at work is in English, so it doesn't really matter that my Dutch is not up to scratch. However, it would be nice to be able to talk with colleagues about things other than work. So, a language course in Dutch is high on my priority list.
"The level of engineering in the Netherlands is high and that really appealed to me."