MEC Mining’s Maria Joyce appointed WIMARQ Committee Chair

Maria Joyce is a General Manager at MEC Mining, and has served the company as a mining engineer for over ten years. Maria now adds another important role to her professional portfolio, having been appointed Committee Chair of Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) and a Queensland committee representative for Women in Mining Network (WIMnet).

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This mining graduate went to market, this mining graduate stayed home, this mining graduate ate humble pie and this mining graduate got none.

The pathways to developing a successful career in mining begins with a first step. During the recent mining downturn the lack of this first step has left many mining graduates without an opportunity and has certainly contributed to new undergraduate intakes at record lows. There is no doubt the industry will pay for this issue over the next 10 years and beyond, but reality is we are where we are, and we need to make the best of it and focus on changing this future trend. Encouraging and inspiring future generations that mining opens a range of possibilities is something all of us in the industry can assist with.

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Ian Wallace – Pit optimisation and mine scheduling expert

With over 6 years experience in mining engineering, Ian is an open-cut Senior Mining Engineer with solid operational and technical skills in coal and exposure to Copper/Gold orebodies. During his career, Ian has lead project delivery on several major studies and demonstrates strong skills in short; medium and long term scheduling across a suite of software including Vulcan CAD/Optimisation and Deswik Scheduler/Landform.

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MEC Mining launches innovative consultancy platform EnhanceA

We’re pleased to introduce MEC Mining’s latest startup venture, EnhanceA.

EnhanceA is the only online platform that allows clients to search, book and engage with consultants across multiple companies in the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors. Our software streamlines the process of engaging consultants, making it simpler and more efficient for both businesses and individuals.

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3 ways to get 25% more production out of your dozers

  1. Use a production blade. Spade blade and Komatsu IMac blades increase production by up to 20% compared to standard U blades.
  2. Optimise your design for push productivity in 3D. This often improves productivity by 25% in rehab and by up to 15% in production dozing. 3D Data Guidance make software that does this.
  3. Use GPS the guidance system to display push direction vectors to the operator. This cuts unplanned rehandle by up to 20% and shortens the learning curve for new operators.

What Does It Take To Be An Employer Of Choice?

I often get asked “What does it take to become an employer of choice?”, interesting question when you reflect on what this actually means?

What makes employees view a company as being at the pinnacle of their industry where working there becomes a statement about a persons ability, a sign of quality and employees who work there wear the company’s logo as a badge of honour.

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