Rain, hail, shine or coronavirus – the MEC Mining Graduate Program still thrives!
The MEC Mining Graduate Program has continued despite the current restrictions of the COVID-19 virus. Principal of Learning & Development, Loren Ager and Brisbane based MEC Mining Graduates Zhongwei Wang, Ivy Pan and Leandro Nunes have continued to contribute to the business by working from home.
Leandro Nunes describes the way in which MEC has enabled graduates to work from home. “MEC has supported me by providing a computer with all the software I need to keep working from home. It is different from working in the office as I must explain myself better so others can help me properly. But we adapted to the situation, and I still feel like I am developing as an engineer. I expected to learn basic engineering skills in the Graduate Program, like mining software, and I have kept learning these skills from home. So, the output of the program has not changed, only the way we are doing it.”
Zhongwei Wang has reflected on a working from home environment. “At the beginning, I thought WFH might be a challenge to me as a graduate mining engineer, and that lack of face to face supervision from senior colleagues might be a problem. This would be especially the case when I got stuck and found it hard to describe the issue precisely. The fact is, I have successfully overcome this challenge and completed my haul road design work under the supervision of Lukman – a great mentor. I appreciate MEC’s quick response to the pandemic. They have taken care of the wellbeing and health of their employees, especially for me as a graduate mining engineer working from home”.
Ivy Pan has reflected on how the team works together. “With support from the MEC family, especially our team leader, we are doing well or even better on our tasks. They are providing us with VPN to connect our shared drives, the access of remote control from home, dongles of Vulcan, etc. Moreover, our team leader – Loren holds graduate catch-up meetings every Thursday to make sure that everyone on the graduate team is well and helps solve problems that we’re facing.”