James has had a diverse range of experience over the past 20 years, working for contract miners, mine owners and as a consultant, mainly within open-cut coal mining. During a short break from the mining industry James led a team of project controls professionals on a large infrastructure project in the UK.
When it comes to mining, the mindset has often been to move larger volumes of material as quickly as possible to reduce process unit rate. While material movement is obviously very important, it can drive the wrong behaviours if the wrong material is being moved to prioritise volume movement over production requirement. This is likely to destroy value for an operation by lowering overall production yield – the number one value driver.
You have read every prospectus for every engineering course in the country and in theory the job looks ok. You have looked into the various roles throughout the entire mining process from exploration and feasibility studies through to build, production and even mine closure and land rehabilitation. But what is life actually like as a mining engineer? What should you realistically expect?
In her capacity as a judge, Maria will represent both Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ), of which she is Committee Chair, and MEC Mining, where she is General Manager – Strategy and Business Development.
MEC welcomes Andrew Dittmann aboard as our new Business Development Coordinator. Andrew will work alongside our General Manager (Strategy and Business Development) Maria Joyce to oversee sales and business development at MEC Mining.
Andrew is an engineer with an impressive track record. Between 2012 and 2018, he held a number of positions at BHP as an engineer and production coordinator. He is no stranger to MEC Mining either, having worked as a graduate mining engineer here in 2012.