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Mike, Director of Fleet Operations
Whatever your job is, ask yourself each day, 'What can I learn or did I learn?' Never fall into the trap that you think you know it all.

Mike, Director of Fleet Operations
Background
I have a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in General Science. I joined McDermott in 1978 as an Anchor Hoist Operator on derrick barge DB26 based in Singapore intending it to be for just one year, to build up a little nest egg. Twenty-five years later, I was still in Singapore working on the vessels, having progressed from a rigger to Superintendent. After a five-year stint working on the client side, I returned to McDermott because I saw greater opportunity to influence offshore work practices over a longer-term here than is possible in the client environment of working with different teams every project.

Highlights
I have always felt that the best thing about McDermott is our people. We come from all walks of life, different backgrounds, countries, interests and expertise, but when pulled together I am always amazed at the outcomes we produce and the work atmosphere we maintain through the most difficult challenges.

The most interesting and exciting thing I've worked on is the upgrade of the DB30 from a lay barge to a combination derrick/lay barge. I was involved in the concept and design, took the vessel through the upgrade and then was Superintendent for the next four years after the upgrade. It is especially rewarding to see it working and performing, 12 years later, at a very high level due to some of those concepts and designs.

Advice
If you're specifically interested in offshore construction, make sure you are fully aware of what's involved and that it's the right career decision for you and your family.

Whatever your job is, ask yourself each day, “What can I learn or did I learn?” Never fall into the trap that you think you know it all.

Also, as you progress through your career, don't get caught up in the “I” syndrome. I have done very little in life by myself, but have been very fortunate to be supported by some extremely great people. Give credit where credit is due.
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