Ashhurst Engineering and Construction has evolved into a highly successful, steel fabrication, machining, manufacturing and construction company with more than 50 staff across our two New Zealand Branches.
Dave started with AEC in 1996 and is the principal owner and manager of the Ashhurst Engineering and Construction team.
Dave develops the strategic direction for the company, he also liaises with customers, management and staff to ensure we have the resources and processes in place to consistently fulfil our promise to deliver quality products and services, on time, to the required specifications, and on budget.
Jim started with Ashhurst Engineering & Construction in March 2018 to work with Dave in the day to day management and the strategic direction of the company. This will further support the company in meeting future demand for our wide range of engineering services to the industries we are currently involved in along with opportunities in other engineering sectors.
Jim brings General management experience both in corporate and private business organisations. He has also had exposure to large scale production facilities delivering quality products with a key focus on Kaizan management systems.
Jim is an experienced, qualified engineer with a thorough understanding of the demands within the engineering industry. Jim’s focus is on investigating new business opportunities within the engineering and electricity industries while maintaining and improving on Ashhurst Engineering’s high standards and reputation.
With the addition of Ashhurst Engineering’s Christchurch branch in 2016, Jim is involved in promoting initiatives and strategies for increasing fabrication and site work throughout the South Island as the company looks to meet the Southern demands.
Ashhurst Engineering has always been proactive at increasing market share whilst maintaining the high standards set by the company and its staff. This is an extremely important part of the business and involves the complete management team to ensure we not only meet, but try to exceed our client’s expectations.
Alister oversees large projects and site work for clients in the construction and electricity industries throughout New Zealand. Drawing on over 25 years of experience with Ashhurst Engineering, Alister is able to find effective solutions to any issues that arise on a job.
Alister says the most satisfying part of his work is seeing projects through from start to successful completion, and Alister sets high standards from the outset. "I believe in completing each job to the same standard I'd want it done for me" he says.
Tony is a key member of the Ashhurst Engineering team and specialises in Hydro Generation refurbishment, however his skills and experience with fabrication, site work and construction are extensively used throughout the business. Tony focuses on consistently delivering quality to our clients and on schedule. After 14 years with AEC Tony continues to enjoy the challenges that site work brings and being involved in large project work.
Ansar joined Ashhurst Engineering in May 2014 as a Project Estimator. In April 2018 Ansar was promoted to Project Manager, CNC & Switchgear and his role now includes managing the operations for CNC & Switchgear along with our South Island operation based in Christchurch. As a qualified Mechatronics Engineer with more than 14 years’ experience, Ansar is responsible for the Tenders and quotes for Electrical and Mechanical Industries. Ansar also undertakes Project Management for the transmission lines including tower raising and attachment points. Ansar’s previous background was in HV electrical components for substations and power stations. He brings great knowledge and expertise within the manufacture and installation of a wide range of equipment for the electricity industry.
Alan (Jono) Johnson
Jono joined Ashhurst Engineering in September 2018 as HSE & Compliance Officer, which also includes Quality and Training Management. Jono joined Ashhurst Engineering from a local company in Palmerston North, where he occupied a similar position.
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Olivia (Livvy) Smith
Quality Co-ordinator & Production Administrator
Liv joined Ashhurst Engineering in July 2014 as our Receptionist before quickly progressing into her current role. She has close to a decades experience working in quality management and thrives on the challenges that this role brings. With an eye for detail and the desire to understand “how” and “why”, Liv is often the go to person to implement systems to assist in achieving high quality outcomes for the company and its customers.
Liv is heavily involved in the production administration here at Ashhurst Engineering. With an ability to understand aspects of technical drawings & specifications, Liv assists in achieving a smooth production process and helps troubleshoot any issues that may arise. This provides valuable support to our Production Managers enabling them to achieve and exceed our customer expectations.
Deni joined our Ashhurst Engineering and Construction team when we opened our new branch in Christchurch mid way through 2016. He is responsible for the overall operation in our Christchurch Workshop. Joining us Deni introduced our workshops to the fabrication of electrical switch gear components. Deni holds a NZCE Mechanical qualification and has 41 years of experience working in the engineering industry. Deni says the most enjoyable part of his job is the daily challenges it brings.