Pierre Berger is mad about machines. His life has revolved around driving construction machinery since the age of four! He shares his story with us.
What is your background?
Following the brevet at 16, I did a BEP (vocational diploma) in construction, majoring in pipeworks and with an option in driving machinery. I continued my studies with a vocational baccalaureate in construction, majoring in earthworks, and then a BTS (higher technical certificate) in construction with an option in civil engineering and earthworks. My life revolves around driving machinery! When I was small, I spent hours at the window watching machines at work. I went for my first ride on a mini-dumper truck when I was four years old and, ever since then, I knew that I would work in this field. From the age of 14, I spent all of my summers driving diggers. It's a real passion: my bedroom is full of miniatures!
Where have you worked to date and how long have you worked for Mobility?
I did my BTS on a work/study basis with Vinci Construction. I worked for four years on the Musée des Confluences site, from the foundations through to its inauguration. I was responsible for site management in general: keeping the base camp in order, management of the tower cranes, management of deliveries of oversize loads... It was very valuable professional experience.
In April 2015, I was hired at Mobility as Technical Manager for Construction Machinery.
What does your work entail?
I make sure that equipment arrives at worksites in good time, and in a safe and operational condition. I am responsible for maintenance, and transportation requests. I also work on investment studies, serving as the technical link between Mobility and suppliers. I occasionally make site visits when machinery breaks down, and I do a bit of servicing work on the machinery. Lastly, I am responsible for setting and packing up base camps.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Being on worksites! That's where my roots are. I like to take the time to visit worksites to see how the machinery is operating. I particularly enjoy liaising with suppliers and monitoring equipment and innovations.
What was the most enjoyable moment of your career to date?
I was on an earthworks site for a month to build an extension to a mountain shelter in the Vanoise area. It was a real pleasure to work on that site: a month of driving machinery in a beautiful setting, with a great team.
And what do you do when you’re not at work?
I play golf and I make scale models, but my real passion is driving machinery, so it's just as well that I've been able to make it my job too!