The man under the helmet

Saturday 24 August 2013
andrew jago

Andrew Jago, the man featured in our 'Building Your Future Success' advertising is no ordinary model. Andrew is a valued employee at our Newcastle site. He has been with us for some 15 years and is a fourth generation steel industry employee.

Andrew started working at Austube Mills in 1998 as an electrical apprentice, back when the site was known as BHP Structural & Pipeline Products. At the completion of his apprenticeship, Andrew made an internal Onesteel transfer to complete an electrical engineering cadetship and over the next seven years, he completed rotations at Onesteel's Rod Mill, Wire Mill, Wire Ropeworks, and both the Central Reliability and Capital Engineering Groups, in a variety of electrical-related roles.

Since completing his Electrical Engineering Degree, Andrew has worked as an operations shift team leader and reliability engineer. Andrew then returned to Austube Mills 18 months ago as the electrical supervisor. Throughout his working career, Andrew has developed a passion for safety in the work place that lead him to pursue his current role.

Andrew’s passion for working in the steel industry comes from a long family history of working with steel making. Andrew’s great grandfather Robert Simpson immigrated to Australia from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909 and began work as a leading hand blacksmith for the original construction team at the BHP site in Newcastle. Unfortunately, his career was cut short when Robert enlisted in 1916 to serve in the First World War where he was fatally wounded in France in 1918.

Andrew’s grandfather Guy Foster, worked at the Newcastle Steelworks during the 1950-60s after serving in the Second World War in the Middle East as a trade assistant in the Cranes Maintenance Department.

Gavin Jago, Andrew’s father, commenced his working career with Stewart & Lloyds (one of the first companies in the history of Austube Mills) in 1963 as an electrical trainee. In that role, Gavin was involved in the installation of the number one, two, three and four mills on the Newcastle site and completed 39 years service before retiring from the position of site services manager in 2001.

The family tradition also includes two of Andrew’s uncles; one who worked as a carpenter at the Newcastle Ropeworks site and the other as an apprentice fitter at Tubemakers in the early 1970s.

Andrew still fondly remembers his first plant tour at Tubemakers as a six year old when the site celebrated 50 years in 1984. Little did he know then, that he would be working here all these years later.

What Andrew likes most about working at Austube Mills is the people and his vision for the new brand to become the most recognisable brand in the Australian steel tube industry for many more generations to come.