Bartle Rautenbach (affectionately referred to by his colleagues as Oom Bartle) was born in Usakos, a small town on the banks of the Khan River in the Erongo Region. He joined the Lithon office in Swakopmund (just 140 km away from his birthplace) in January 2009 at the peak of his career – one that has included a stretch as a physical education teacher.
A proud father and grandfather, Bartle is passionate about motorbikes, 80s rock music, his country and its people. And according to a close colleague, this positive, no-nonsense guy is “the person we’d all like to be when we get older.” We chatted to Bartle recently to find out more about what his role as an engineering technician involves and what advice he has for future generations of engineers. Here’s what he had to say.
As a civil engineering technician, my time is spent designing civil engineering services – roads and stormwater, water, and sewer reticulation networks etc. – and putting together engineering drawings for them. I also spend a good portion of my day finding solutions for unique site conditions and during the construction phase of a project, I’m responsible for site supervision.
Finding the most cost effective design and layout for civil services.
It’s a real pleasure working with a group of people who are always eager to help.
There have been several during my time at Lithon, but ultimately, any project that ends with a successful construction is a highlight for me.
Two things immediately come to mind: never stop learning and enjoy what you do.
“Rejoice in the Lord always!” (Philippians 4:4)
I love the Asterix and Obelix comics.
I really enjoy fishing. And when I’m home, you’ll usually find me working on something in my man cave (aka the garage).
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