October Lunch and Learn

MEC Mining is excited to host our October lunch and learn on Landform Optimisation for Effective Mine Rehabilitation with Principal Mining Engineer James Cooney.

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.

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Working as a team and delivering value

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.

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Thinking of becoming a mining engineer? Here’s what you can expect.

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?

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MEC’s Maria Joyce set to judge 2018 Women in Resources National Awards

MEC’s Maria Joyce is honoured to be judging 2018’s Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA), to be held at Parliament House in Canberra on 13 September.

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.

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Andrew Dittmann joins MEC Mining as Business Development Coordinator

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.

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Mining jobs are on the rise: how to get hired fast

Commodity prices are rising and mining activity is ramping up, which means more jobs are becoming available in Australia’s resources sector. Here’s how to capitalise on the widely reported mining skills shortage and secure the job you want.

Do your research

This is a prerequisite for any job-seeking process really, but it’s especially pertinent for a sector that has seen so much turbulence in recent years.

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Lunch and Learn featuring SiteSee

MEC Mining is excited to host our next lunch and learn session featuring CEO & Co-Founder of SiteSee, Lucio Piccoli. Lucio will be presenting on Artificial Intelligence & Reality Modelling solving problems for Infrastructure owners & operators.

By merging 3D reality models and AI, SiteSee are solving real world problems for large scale infrastructure owners & operators by providing intelligent automated auditing of the asset; allowing for more informed decision making on the maintenance and upgrade of their asset.

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Safety culture in mining: why it matters and how to improve it

How would you describe your organisation’s safety culture? And how important is it to the safety and profitability of your mining operations?

We all know that mining businesses have to be vigilant and work hard to comply with legislative safety standards. Regulations are extensive because of the high level of risk and complexity associated with mining operations. Mining companies are responsible for the safety of the people working on their sites. At MEC Mining, ensuring that all workers return home safely is at the core of what we do.

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Good in theory: Why putting new ideas and technologies into practice can be tough

How often do great new ideas, tools and technologies have trouble achieving sustainable implementation, adoption and practical application?

The gap between the inherent value of a new technology or idea and the ability to put it to work effectively is significant. It seems that, even with the most groundbreaking technologies and valuable ideas – where the net benefits for a business or an industry are easy to see – the challenge of successfully converting the innovation to application and business standard is exponentially greater than the initial development.

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