People, program & culture | 22 November 2022

Shaun Crossett reaches the 15 year milestone with Millar Merrigan

1. How did you start working at Millar Merrigan?

I started working at MM through my old man. He mentioned they needed survey assistants so I jumped at the opportunity and started a few days after I finished year 12.

2. What was your first position at MM and what do you do now? (What path did you take to get there, if of note)

My first role at MM was survey assistant and I’m currently a Survey Technician/ Works Surveyor. I focused on learning everything I could and taking any opportunities that were presented to me so that I could be as experienced and well versed as possible.


3. What do you like most about working for MM?

Working outside, getting to see some amazing places and the people.

4. What has been your biggest ‘lesson learned’ in the past 15 years?

Technology is your friend.

5. What advice would you give someone just starting out at MM?

Everyone is there to help, don’t be shy.

6. What advice would you give any surveyor when starting a career in Land Development?

Wear sunscreen.

7. What do you see as your biggest career accomplishment since joining the company?

Each time I think about a large/difficult job another one pops into my head, there’s too many to pick from.

8. What has been your biggest personal accomplishment in the past 15 years?

There’s been many interesting moments over the last 15 years. Most recently trying to work up at Mt Buller while there was still plenty of snow.

9. What is one thing you wish you knew before working at Millar Merrigan?

How much it sucks to work in the 40-degree heat

10. In what ways has MM changed over the past decade?

More people, more departments, more flexibility, branching into new and exciting things

11. What is your biggest hope for the next decade at MM? How do you expect it to grow?

That we stay ahead of curve and adapt to any changes. Keep up to date with technology, especially in regard to survey.

12. How has surveying and the survey landscape changed in your time since starting?

The technology keeps making big leaps. From the instruments we operate, down to what we draw our fieldcards on. No more drawing on paper!

13. Why did you choose to become a surveyor?

Sounded like a fun and appealing career, and it is!

14. Who at MM has been the most influential in your career and why?

My father without a doubt. He trained me and taught me everything I know.

15. How would you summarise your 15 years in 15 words?

I don’t think I could see myself doing anything else. It’s been a fun experience.

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