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Sebastian Kent

Sebastian Kent

Project Manager / Marine Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Mining Engineering ACSM

Sebastian joined Grit Engineering in January 2019. He has over 12 years experience in heavy industry, split between marine construction, mining and oil refining.

Post graduation, he commenced work as a Project Engineer on a variety of marine projects around the UK and Northern Europe. These included ocean outfalls, large and very large diameter reverse circulation drilling, offshore wind turbine foundation installations, and harbour developments amongst others.

In early 2010, Sebastian moved to the mining industry and gained a variety of experience in open cast mining and bulk earth moving both in Canada and New Zealand. He filled a variety of roles including: planning and scheduling, drill and blast, and project works. Returning to the marine construction industry in 2015, Sebastian provided Project Engineering, Project Management, Estimation and Development services; including on projects with Ports of Auckland.

Sebastian’s first big project at Grit was with Refining NZ, working with the Front End Engineering team and also providing technical support and marine operations advice for the Deeper Story dredging project. His experience in marine operations allowed for an in depth assessment of the proposed methods and equipment, and provided ‘fit for purpose’ solutions to effectively meet the needs of the client.

Across all his roles Sebastian has been involved in implementing rigorous Health and Safety systems. With his diverse background he brings excellent project planning, health and safety management and a diverse knowledge base and technical experience to the team, and drives a project to maximise safe production from your marine or earthmoving plant. Sebastian has the ability to quickly understand the specifics of scope even outside of his core knowledge area and adapt to new disciplines naturally.

In his spare time Sebastian likes hunting, fishing, hiking, camping and surfing. For Sebastian and his young family, making the move to Northland was an easy decision. They enjoy the superb lifestyle on offer, and getting involved in the local community. Always keen to help out, Sebastian is a member of Fire and Emergency New Zealand, as a recruit fire fighter at the Portland Volunteer Fire Brigade.

Sebastian has always been interested in how things work and is passionate about pushing boundaries with his engineering skills while keeping to strict Health & Safety guidelines.

The GRIT team

Jason Matthews

Director / Senior Structural Engineer
NZCE (Civil), BE (Civil) 1st Class Honours, MENGNZ, NACE 3 View Profile +

Erik Thomson

Lead Structural Engineer
Master of Engineering, CPEng (NZ), IntPE (NZ), CEng (UK), MEng (NZ), CMEng (NZ), MICE (UK) View Profile +

Dan Welch

Lead Asset Management Engineer
B.Eng.Sc (Mechanical), NACE CIP1 View Profile +

Boyd Jury

Lead Designer
NZCE (CIVIL) View Profile +

David Wong

Structural Engineer
Chartered Engineer (CMEngNZ), Chartered Civil Engineer (MICE) View Profile +

Jimuel Mejica

Senior Structural Engineer
BSC (CIVIL), MENGNZ View Profile +

Omar Espiritu

Civil Structural Technician
Diploma in Civil Engineering, Technical Certificate in Civil and Structural Engineering Design View Profile +

James Reid

Senior Structural Engineer
BE (Civil), MScEng View Profile +

Rob Aubrey

Project Manager
BE (Civil), NZCE (Civil) View Profile +

Ana Passadore Denis

Business Development / Project Manager
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (Hons) View Profile +

Maree Wedding

Financial Controller
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Danielle Bellamy

Business Administrator
BDes in Landscape Architecture (Hons) View Profile +

What our clients say

GRIT Engineering provided structural and durability engineering services with an investigation at Semenoff stadium. The stadium is an important asset for the Whangarei District, availability for large events and public safety are paramount. We found them to be very professional, responsive and competent. It felt we were in safe hands as GRIT engineers were practical and clearly focused on adding value. We would recommend GRIT for structural engineering and assessment projects on this basis.

— Marie-Katrin Richter - Team Leader Major Projects, Whangarei District Council