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The Team

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Managing Director

Andrew Kitson

As the managing director and owner of Rock Control, Andrew has proudly built the company into a success. Key to this success has been the focus of bringing together the best team and specialist plant, and a relentless curiosity leading to knowledge and innovation brought to every project and every client. With a solid grounding in the civil contracting sector he is truly passionate about all things drilling, grouting and concrete pumping. Andrew has drilled thousands of meters through soil and rock in a variety of environments. His technical expertise across all facets of the business is extensive and his knowledge of different techniques and plant is unparalleled. His 18 years of experience make him the backbone of the company, and his creative and analytical approach to methodology planning always gets the job done efficiently and cost effectively.

As Andrew has been running the company for the last twelve years, he is highly skilled in seeing a job through from fruition to completion. He brings an approachable nature and transparent management style to every project.

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Business Manager

Nikki Hubbard

Our dedicated business and quality systems manager, Nikki brings a wealth of previous experience and expertise in adult education and industry training. Having attained further qualifications in quality systems management. 

 

Nikki focuses on the efficiency and success of safety, environmental and quality aspects of a business that operates in a busy contracting environment. She is responsible for the establishment and production of processes and procedures, liaising between staff, subcontractors, consultants, and clients.

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Operations Manager

Damien Aspros

As the operations manager Damien oversees the crew and projects, ensuring things run smoothly and everyone is looked after. With over 18 years’ experience in the construction and mining industries under his belt, he has developed excellent relationships with clients, suppliers and staff all of which contribute to his reputation of delivering successful outcomes. 

In his role at Rock Control, Damien is responsible for project tendering along with the logistics management and oversight of multiple projects. He works hand-in-hand with the project managers to ensure there is efficient allocation of resources, and that every project is completed and delivered to the owner in the correct timeframe.

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Project Manager

Strider Bergman

Strider is a keen problem solver and strong communicator with an eye for detail and a passion for producing results. He is a project manager with 16 years’ experience in the industry, and as such is well versed in construction and geotechnical projects. He is also an experienced IRATA qualified rope access technician combining 16 years of drilling, rope access and excavator operation experience gained in New Zealand and Australia.

Since joining Rock Control, Strider has played a key role in managing technical rope access and rockfall management projects and has had a vast amount of experience doing so during the SCIRT and NCTIR rebuilds.

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Project Manager

Tom Adams

With 21 years of experience, Tom has a strong background in the civil construction industry. He is a builder, and in his time in the industry he gained experience in managing multiple subcontractors on projects with extremely tight time frames. Tom owned and managed a civil construction company specialising in seismic upgrades and formwork, he worked consistently on the Christchurch rebuild completing a number of complex cast in-situ concrete projects.

Since joining Rock Control, Tom has brought his technical knowledge, excellent communication, and problem-solving abilities and applied them to this role. Tom plays a key role in our ground based construction projects, and with his extensive knowledge of the construction sector he widens the scope of services that Rock Control provide.

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Project Manager

Tim O'Toole

Tim is a project manager with a strong practical and academic grounding in the civil, mining and agricultural environment, with six years of project and contract management experience in the commercial drilling industry. He has an MSc Geology degree from Canterbury University and applied knowledge of over ten years mining and construction industry experience in challenging drilling environments New Zealand wide.

As a strong problem solver, with a passion for quality, Tim thrives on ensuring an optimal product and solution for all projects and works confidently with the relevant engineering. Tim has a strong background of anchor and pile testing coupled with an exceptional understanding of geological mechanics and processes, providing security that the system being installed will perform for his clients.

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Project Manager

Chrystyan Bueno Dos Santos

Chrystyan is a seasoned Civil Engineer with a passion for construction excellence. With over a decade of experience in the civil construction industry, he has honed his skills and expertise to deliver high-quality projects with precision and innovation.

 

From managing large-scale apartment developments under Brazil's Federal Government housing program, to overseeing grouting operations at Waimea Community Dam in New Zealand, Chrystyan thrives on tackling challenges head-on and achieving remarkable results.

 

With a proven track record of success and a commitment to excellence, Chrystyan brings a unique blend of technical proficiency and leadership to every project he undertakes.

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Site Supervisor

Jim Aldridge

Jim is a civil contracting professional with 15 years’ experience on a range of construction and geotechnical projects throughout New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific. Since joining Rock Control, Jim has attained considerable skills and experience in shotcrete application. He is one of the few shotcrete nozzlemen operating in New Zealand who hold the internationally recognised ACI Shotcrete Nozzleman certification for wet-mix application. As a Site Supervisor, Jim is responsible for directing our specialised crews on a range of drilling and construction projects.

 

Jim puts a lot of thought into a job when assigned as site supervisor, often coming up with solutions to problems that others had not even considered yet, this makes him a huge asset to have on site.

Business Support Manager

Kasey Cross

Kasey helps support the management team to ensure the day-to-day operations run smoothly.

Having worked within the engineering industry for over 14 years, and with the completion of a Diploma in Business Management and Team Leadership, Kasey is the glue that brings all the operating areas of the business together to form a cohesive and collaborative team.

A key responsibility for Kasey is ensuring our ISO 9001 accreditation is implemented and maintained at the leading edge of internationally recognised management systems.

Business Administrator

Alyssa Stevenson

In Alyssa's role of business administrator, she is responsible for a variety of tasks to ensure the smooth daily operation of Rock Control. She ensures the bills and wages are paid, everything in the office is stocked, and works hard to support both crew members and managers alike.

No day is the same, and Alyssa manages to take this in her stride. She is resourceful, practical and keeps us all on our toes.

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We're Hiring!

We're currently on the hunt for a full time, permanent Geotechnical Technician to join our Whanganui based Rock Control team.

With travel throughout New Zealand, the work is challenging and interesting. We use a range of different drill rigs and access methods to install a wide range of anchoring and geotechnical support products. Rock Control have worked hard to build an outstanding reputation in the slope stabilisation industry.

Some of the tasks you will be undertaking include:
 

  • Drilling with pneumatic and hydraulic equipment (top hammer and rotary percussive)

  • Grouting

  • Installation of soil nails and rock anchors

  • Constructing rockfall barriers and structures

  • Rock bolting / anchoring

  • Installing rockfall mesh systems

  • Fixing steel

  • Shotcrete / concrete work

  • Excavator work

  • Retaining wall construction


If you are:
 

  • Interested in working on epic civil construction and infrastructure projects you can be proud of

  • Ready to be challenged

  • Hard working

  • Honest and reliable

  • Mechanically minded

  • Flexible to travel away from home for extended periods


You have :
 

  • Ability to turn up with grit

  • Willingness to work

  • Enthusiasm to get the work done

  • Drivers licence


And you want:
 

  • Physical outdoor work

  • Excellent remuneration

  • Training provided

  • The best people to spend your days with


Civil or construction experience, other licences and relevant certificates are all bonuses to your application but not required to apply.

Apply Now!
Send your application to andrew.kitson@rockcontrol.co.nz

For information on the type of projects we are involved with check out our project page or follow us on facebook & instagram

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