INSIDE OZCAT CIVIL
From The Desk Of OZCAT Director
MICHAEL 'MICK' SMITH
It’s now been over two decades since I brought the name ‘OZCAT’ into the civil construction world.
But the truth is, this journey for me began well before 1999. In fact, it was over 30 years ago now (barely even 6 years old), when I first used an excavator at the Blunder Creek Quarry. You see, my Dad was in civil construction too. Back then letting a 6-year-old have a go at operating heavy machinery was what a father did. I loved it! I thought it was what every kid got to do...
This was my life every school holiday. At 10 years of age I was operating a D3 Caterpillar dozer by myself. Then, in early December 1994, as a young, ambitious – aka wet behind the ears – 15-year-old from Burpengary, I started my first ‘real’ job in the civil industry operating 30-ton diggers at the Deception Bay Quarry.
After three short years there (now 18-years-old and 2nd in charge), I was offered a new opportunity I couldn’t refuse. Moving from large bulk earth works to helping a local concreter deliver small, detailed excavations... I was hooked! I found my passion for small diggers. In August 1999 aged 19 (an already 14-year industry veteran - Ha-ha), I bought my first two machines and brought OZCAT Civil to life.
In the beginning, OZCAT provided machine hire to builders, plumbers and electricians. Then in 2007, our relationship with ENERGEX began; working together with their civil and electrical crews in Brisbane CBD and high-risk substation environments, on call at any hour of the day or night for emergency maintenance and network upgrades. We quickly became electrical, plumbing and comms civil sub-contracting specialists.
Fast-forward to today, still with ENERGEX, but now also helping subcontractors throughout South-East Queensland deliver projects for clients such as Telstra, NBN and Tier 1 & 2 builders. But why should you choose OZCAT?
Well, I could rant on and on about our commitment to quality, safety, excellence, etc. etc, because yes, they’re important. But in our eyes, these are non-negotiables - the minimum. Our difference is in our commitment we make to our clients. Our commitment we make to you – as your subcontractor.
Whether you’re a sole operator or a large contractor; and regardless of your project shape or size – our primary aim still remains... to give you the absolute confidence that we can help you deliver your project on time, within budget and to the highest standard. A promise that we believe sets our team apart from all others. We pride ourselves on the care, attention and awareness that our experienced team is able to bring to your projects.
We have a strict no hassle, no friction, ‘easy to do business with’ policy and we want you to experience it first- hand. We work in well; we seek to solve – not sook; and we do everything in our power to keep your project smooth sailing.
This is our commitment to you.
Michael ‘Mick’ Smith
Company Director OZCAT Civil Pty Ltd