Nick Luff’s experience at Glencore’s Clermont Open Cut operation

Nicholas Luff has been assisting Glencore’s Clermont Open Cut operation in a short-term planning team. During this time, Nicholas has learnt and assisted in the dig and dump design process as well as scheduling loading equipment to follow a weekly plan. He has also assisted in running weekly planning meetings that implement his designs and schedule as well as weekly reconciliation meetings to measure conformance to plan.

Nicholas has been part of a new initiative to expose experienced digger and dozer operators to short term planners’ tasks. This has been achieved through teaching CAD software skills, which allows them to see how all designs follow standard operating procedures.  This has been valuable as experienced operators understand the mining process required to efficiently mine. It has also developed a good relationship between the operators and engineers which has resulted in positive communication during difficult design concepts.

Nicholas has found the MEC graduate program to be a perfect tool for progressing his professional development, especially with MEC running multiple graduate modules that assist in developing soft skills. This is something that many graduate engineers struggle with but is now something he feels comfortable doing. It has assisted him when communicating designs or information on hazards with supervisors and managers.

MEC Mining’s 2019 in review.

Where has 2019 gone?! What a great year it has been! Here are five of our favourite articles for you to look back on.

  • Networking – Are you running with the right herd?

Building networks is an important part of both your professional and personal life. It’s now commonly quoted that “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”.  Read more

  • The 6 Best Things About Being A Mining Consultant

Thinking of pursuing a career as a mining consultant? Here are six of the things mining consultants love most about their work. Read more

  • Mining mentoring program set to nurture MEC talent

MEC Mining employees will soon benefit from mentorships with some of the top minds in the business. Find out who here

  • The Importance of Effective Communication Skills in Your Business

It takes communication to work in a team, and even people working alone have to report to their bosses. If you run a business, you have to tell employees what’s expected of them. Read more

  • Contract Mining: What’s your Style?

There are many scenarios that might result in a mine owner looking for assistance from a contract miner.  Choosing the right contracting strategy can be something of a mine-field (see what I did there?), depending not only upon the project objectives the mine owner is trying to achieve. Read more here

We look forward to sharing more industry news and topical articles with you in 2020!

MEC Mining Perth office opening

MEC Mining Perth office opening

MEC Mining officially launched to the WA market on Friday 22nd November with the opening of the Perth office.  Over 80 members of the mining community attended the cocktail party at the Flour Factory hosted by General Manager Operations, Christofer Catania and Technical Service Manager, Erin Sweeney.

Chris welcomed guests and highlighted MEC Mining’s expansion into Western Australia.

“Opening offices in WA allows MEC to better serve the Western Australian and African client base, while diversifying both geographically and across commodities”.

In leading the new branch Erin’s focus will be on ensuring safe and sustainable growth through technical influence, while continuing to meet the national and international demand for MEC Mining’s services.

With over 15 years’ experience as a mining professional , Erin has a background in geotechnical engineering and has worked across a broad range of commodities.  As the former superintendent of Newcrest Mining’s Telfer gold mine, Erin leveraged her skills while working in project management before moving into leadership roles.

The WA mining community was well represented at the event and included attendees from companies such as BHP, Rio Tinto, Fortescue, South 32, Thiess to name a few.

 

MEC Mining appoints Erin Sweeney to leadership role as it expands into Western Australia

MEC Mining appoints Erin Sweeney to leadership role as it expands into Western Australia

MEC Mining has announced that experienced mining professional Erin Sweeney will lead its new branch in Western Australia.

The appointment comes as MEC Mining expands into the Western Australian market and opens a Perth office.

” Launching MEC WA enables us to better serve our extensive client base in Western Australia, to diversify both geographically and across commodities, and to broaden the service offering to our clients across Australia and Africa,” said MEC’s newly appointed General Manager Operations Christofer Catania.

Ms Sweeney joins MEC with more than 15 years’ mining experience, having worked across a broad range of commodities and technical roles. With a background in geotechnical engineering, she leveraged her skills while working in project management before moving into leadership roles.

Most recently, she was Technical Services Superintendent at Newcrest Mining Limited’s Telfer gold mine, where she led a team of 17 engineers, surveyors, geotechnical engineers and technicians.

“I always look forward to new challenges,” said Ms Sweeney. “I’m pleased to be joining the MEC Mining family and feel confident leading the business’s expansion into Western Australia.”

“Erin is a results-driven professional who is focused on adding value and ensuring safe and sustainable growth through technical influence,” said MEC Non-Executive Director Simon Cohn.  “She’s an ideal person to help lead MEC WA.”

Contract Mining: What’s your Style?

There are many scenarios that might result in a mine owner looking for assistance from a contract miner.  Choosing the right contracting strategy can be something of a mine-field (see what I did there?), depending not only upon the project objectives the mine owner is trying to achieve. But also, a mix of other considerations such as: operating experience; in house capability (or “bench strength”); resources (people and equipment); attitude to risk; geographic location; and financial capacity – to name just a few.  Often the timing around engagement of a mining Contractor is a critical consideration as well.

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New General Manager Operations appointed as MEC Mining focuses on growth

MEC Mining has promoted its Manager of Consulting Services, Christofer Catania, into the role of General Manager Operations as the company expands its outlook. The Brisbane-based mining consultancy has recently announced a suite of strategic changes aimed at growing MEC’s service offering to clients domestically and internationally.

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MEC Mining looks to the future: Strategic changes announced at annual industry event

MEC celebrated another great year with invited guests at their annual industry event, held at Brisbane’s Alchemy Restaurant & Bar on 23 October 2019.

The evening was an opportunity to thank clients and supporters, as well as to share exciting changes for MEC.

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IMARC 2019

Business Development Manager, Andrew Dittman and General Manager of Operations, David Plowman, are looking forward to attending the 6th Annual International Mining and Resources Conference & Expo (IMARC) on 29th  – 31st October at the Melbourne Conventions & Exhibition Centre.

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MEC Mining Champions Women in Mining and Resources

MEC Mining was pleased to host this month’s Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) networking event.

It was a full house at the sold out breakfast event, as we welcomed our guest speakers onto the panel:

  1. Catherine Shooter – Discipline Engineering Manager at BHP,
  2. Loren Ager – Principal of Learning & Development at MEC Mining, and
  3. Negin Beaton – Development and Communications Coordinator at the University of Queensland and Senior Mining Engineer at MEC Mining.

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