45 Years On and Still Loving the Challenge

When Milton Ford started work as an apprentice plumber over four decades ago, he probably didn’t expect to end up working on some of Queensland’s major hospitals and large government buildings

10 Oct 2013


Celebrating 45 years of service with AE Smith, Milton is now a Site Manager for Health, Safety, Procurement & Tooling – bringing his vast experience to the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) project.

“I like to think I have a positive influence on our apprentices,” says Milton, who has helped mentor dozens of new recruits at AE Smith during his tenure with the company.

Working his way from apprentice to leading hand, site supervisor then site manager, Milton knows what it takes to develop within the company and relishes the opportunities each project brings.

“One of the most enjoyable things about working with AE Smith is the diverse type of work, the challenges you’re presented and the various locations we get to work on,” said Milton.

“It’s great to be part of a team that all take pride in seeing a finished job that’s been done well.”

“AE Smith are also a great family orientated business and I’ve made many great friendships over the years with fellow workers,” Milton adds.

Milton sights his roles on some of AE Smith’s Queensland’s most significant projects as his most rewarding – from country and metropolitan hospitals to key government buildings such as office towers, chemical labs and water cooling plants.

And while Milton has seen many changes to the industry, one thing stays constant – the commitment to doing a great job:

“I hope my colleagues have been happy with the way I have conducted myself as a representative of AE Smith,” said Milton.