MEC awarded Mining Monthly’s Consultant of the Year Award

After an exciting year of innovation and strategic change in 2019, MEC is delighted to be the recipient of Australia’s Mining Monthly (AMM), Consultant of the Year award. The AMM is widely acknowledged as one of the most authoritative mining magazines produced in the Asia Pacific region and a unique source of industry news and information. This award reflects industry recognition of the dynamic work being done by MEC and a boost for the company as we embark on further developments and expansion in the coming year.

The accolade affirms the wisdom of MEC’s decision to make a raft of changes to better serve our client base which, in 2019, grew by 30% with new clients from Australia and international markets such as Russia, Laos and across Africa. The company’s recent expansion into Western Australia is a case in point, improving proximity to our customers and making the consultancy much more accessible and responsive to their demands. In addition, the move means that MEC can diversify geographically and across commodities bringing our expertise to a broader spectrum of clients.

In addition to the physical expansion of the company, the award recognises the positive steps taken by MEC to streamline our management structure to cope with the company’s growth and anticipate future developments. The launch of the MEC Advisory was also a contributing factor in the win. This specialised body, headed by accomplished industry veteran, James Cooney, is designed to assist mining companies with strategic management and evaluation of resources projects and is seen as a highly valuable stand-alone advisory arm within the company’s services.

The final feather in MEC’s cap helping to secure the award was undoubtedly the initiation of the Graduate Training program. With a clear vision of the industry’s future, the program is being developed by MEC to forge mutually beneficial relationships with students and graduates to secure a pipeline of excellent engineers, equipped and ready to move into the field.

Against the well-regarded competition, we at MEC feel honoured by Mining Monthly’s affirmation of our achievements and confident that the award is a precursor of yet another productive year ahead.

The MEC Mining Graduate Program will take you up, up and away!

The MEC Mining Graduate Program provides our Graduate Mining Engineers with a wide range of professional development tools and industry opportunities.  The program also enables graduates to develop a solid foundation and prepare themselves for their journey from Graduate Engineer to emerging professional and beyond.   

Principal of Learning and Development, Loren Ager says that “MEC Mining is committed to developing a pipeline of talented mining engineers, starting with Graduate Mining Engineers”. Loren is proud to showcase a success story from the MEC Mining Graduate Program, Jason Huo, who has been with MEC Mining since 2015 and transitioned from Graduate Mining Engineer to Senior Mining Engineer. 

Jason’s story:

My career as a mining engineer started with MEC one year before I graduated from University in 2015. I was offered the opportunity to help translate documents in Chinese and English. My role quickly changed when I was taught mine design software and started working on some of the simple designs. It wasn’t long before I was using block modelling/pit optimisation on billable projects.  This hands-on, step-by-step process allowed me to kick start my career and ultimately become the go-to-person for pit optimisation!

After two years in the office, MEC provided me with enough mining engineering skills to move on to the next challenge: a site role. For the next three years, I worked at three different sites in various roles. I got the chance to choose which site I want to work at, what area I want to work in, and the roster.

I was happy that I was able to discuss my personal development plan with my team lead and that MEC Mining committed to that plan. MEC Mining provides all the necessary internal and external training I needed to become a successful engineer.”

 Want to see where the MEC Mining Graduate Program can take YOU? Learn more here!