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Next up in our Meet the Metals Team series is Andrew Scott, Plant Operator at John Lawrie Metals. Today Andrew shares his insight into changing careers from the farming industry, the daily work that makes him proud and highlights tips for those who aspire to work in the industry.

How long have you worked at John Lawrie Metals?

Since April 2021.

Have you always worked in the scrap metal industry? Or what other roles have you had before?

I left school and went to Craibstone Agricultural College to do a HNC/HND in Agriculture. I come from an amateur farming background, so I wanted to build on my existing knowledge. I then went self-employed while I was studying as a farm labourer in the Stonehaven area, and then after college I went full-time working on larger farms.

Why did you change industries?

My Dad has plant machinery and so I’ve always been interested in diggers and large plant, I guess it was inevitable I moved in that direction at some point.

What are your aspirations for your role at John Lawrie Metals?

I’d like to develop my grab management skills, and gain experience working across various types of projects.

What does your job entail? What is a typical day like?

Working the grab and sorting scrap.

What’s your favourite part of your job?

A.S: Getting job satisfaction – I love finishing up at the end of the day having processed all the material and seeing a clean and tidy yard.

What advice do you have for those who aspire to work in the industry?

It’s a highly skilled industry so be prepared to work hard, pay attention, and learn as you go. You have to think strategically sometimes as you can be faced with challenges that need complex solutions.

Where are you from?


Where did you go to school?


What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

: I still help out with farming when I can. I enjoy taking out my dirt bike for a play about at weekends, and I also have a jet ski which is more of a summer hobby, I take it out in the harbour and surrounding areas when the weather is good.

Any pets?

Yes, my dog, a cocker spaniel who sometimes accompanies me during my farm work.

Do you see any crossover of skills from your farming background to the metal recycling industry?

A.S: Operating heavy machinery and problem solving, you never know what you’re going to get with farming!

Coffee or tea?

A.S: Tea.