It's great working in the open air
For seven years, Corné Wouters worked in a factory, in the metal trade. That was the job path he had chosen at school and the one he later followed by taking further education courses. But being outside and the freedom attracted him, which is why Corné moved into the foundation sector. He has been working as a driver on a piling rig for ten years, and he wouldn't want to do anything else.
Goorbergh Funderingstechnieken is a specialist company. "We do lots of little jobs in residential areas. Jobs like foundations for extensions. We always try to make a nice impression. We make as little mess and as little noise as possible, which makes everyone happy. After all, having your house renovated is always a nerve-racking experience. And there is the inconvenience for the neighbours, with the additional traffic and that sort of thing. But we try and make a good impression on everyone, including the neighbours. You never know, they could be our next customers".
Learning by doing
Corné has - like all of his colleagues - learnt the trade by doing it. First he worked with an experienced colleague for a long time, observing what was going on, listening and asking questions. Until the time came that he was allowed to operate his own unit.
"We do this sort of work for eighty percent of the time", says Corné - where 'this work' is the vibration-free installation of steel tubular piles for an extension. "But we also install piles to support industrial floors and pile or use a vibro hammer to install sections and sheet piling. That's what makes the job so varied".