Virginia du Plessis joins MEC to drive East Coast growth.

Virginia du Plessis has been welcomed to the leadership ranks of MEC and will lead Australia’s burgeoning East Coast team as General Manager. With an extensive background as a Principal Mining Engineer, Virginia brings nearly two decades of experience to her new role, where she will spearhead MEC’s expansion plans.

Virginia joins MEC from Anglo American, where she led strategic resource development projects in Southern Africa and United Kingdom, with a strong focus on sustainability integration, value chain optimisation inclusive of downstream processing to marketing, and cross-cultural leadership.

Her diverse professional background includes managing mining contracts, overseeing mine operations, and driving business improvement initiatives.

Commenting on Virginia’s appointment, MEC CEO Christofer Catania expressed excitement about the company’s future prospects. “Virginia’s wealth of experience and expertise make her an invaluable addition to the MEC team,” he remarked. “Her leadership will be instrumental in driving growth and performance across the East Coast.”

In her new role, Virginia will be based at MEC’s Brisbane, Queensland office, where she will oversee a multi-disciplinary team of consultants specialising in various technical services, including environmental management, geological exploration, geotechnical engineering, mining advisory and feasibility studies, and mine closure.

“I am excited to join MEC and contribute to its continued success,” Virginia stated. “The mining industry is evolving rapidly, and I am eager to leverage MEC’s resources and capabilities to navigate the opportunities ahead.”

Virginia’s appointment underscores MEC’s commitment to nurturing talent and fostering innovation within the mining sector. With the recent acquisition of METServe, the company is further expanding its offerings and presence across Australia and beyond. Virginia’s leadership will play a pivotal role in shaping MEC’s future trajectory.

MEC’s CEO Christofer Catania Supports the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for the Fifth Year

We are proud to announce that our CEO, Christofer Catania, is again supporting the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Taking place on the 20th of June this initiative raises awareness and funds for individuals experiencing homelessness. This year marks Chris’ fifth participation, highlighting his ongoing commitment to positively impacting our community.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is more than just a fundraising event; it’s a powerful experience that allows business leaders to understand the hardships faced by those without a place to call home. By spending a night sleeping rough, participants like Chris gain firsthand insight into the daily struggles of the homeless, fostering greater empathy and a stronger resolve to drive change.

Chris’ participation is a testament to his dedication to social responsibility and reflects the core values of MEC. At MEC, we believe in making a difference not just within the corporate world, but also within our communities. Chris’ example inspires our entire team to engage in philanthropic endeavours and support initiatives that create meaningful, positive impacts.

We invite you to join us in supporting Chris and this worthy cause. Your donations will provide essential support and resources to those in need. Whether through a financial contribution or by spreading the word, every action helps make a difference.

Together, we can provide much-needed support and resources to those in need. Let’s work together to address homelessness and make a lasting impact on our community.

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MEC Sponsors Copper to the World 2024 Conference in Adelaide

MEC is excited to announce our sponsorship of this year’s Copper to the World 2024 conference in Adelaide. Taking place over two days, the event promises to deliver the latest insights and updates on a commodity that is vital to our sustainable future. It stands as a valuable platform for the METS and mining communities alike.

Joining the conference, our CEO, Christofer Catania, and Mining Engineering Manager, Paul King, will be in attendance. Christofer will be taking centre stage as a panellist in the discussion titled “Copper Prospecting in the Digital Age: Tools, Tactics, and Trends.” He eagerly anticipates sharing his insights on how the mining industry can harness digital innovations to enhance copper prospecting methodologies.

Here are the event details:

Date: Tuesday, June 18th – Wednesday, June 19th, 2024

Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Venue: Adelaide Convention Centre

For more information, please visit the event website.

We look forward to engaging with fellow industry leaders and exploring the future of copper mining at Copper to the World 2024!

Master Spatial Data Analysis with Practical Geostatistics Course!

Master spatial data analysis, learn kriging techniques and gain skills in mineral resource estimation to help you make effective industry decisions with this Practical Geostatistics course brought to you by Curtin University and MEC Mining!

You’ll learn geostatistical theory and gain hands-on experience with industry-standard geostatistical software, and study spatial data analysis, variability and spatial dependence, kriging techniques, resource estimation and uncertainty management.

Course start date – 20th May 2024

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MEC Mining expands into Environmental Services Portfolio with strategic acquisition of METServe

The Australian-based global technical services firm, MEC Mining continues its substantial growth in the resources sector with the recent acquisition of environmental services company METServe.

The combined service offering will encompass all aspects of environmental services previously provided by METServe. This includes approvals, impact assessment, environmental management, closure and rehabilitation, ecology, social, GIS analysis, cartography, and more.

MEC Mining CEO, Christofer Catania highlighted that the acquisition complements MEC’s portfolio. “METServe has a 20-year history of working within industry on successful project approvals across the federal, state, and territory levels in Australia.”

“It’s exciting to bring METServe into the MEC group, our combined services offerings and mutual focus on supporting our clients as journey partners makes this a fantastic strategic fit. This step further strengthens our ability to support our clients at all stages of their mining projects. We have continued our growth and diversification path to better support our clients and mining industry, delivering first class services and contributing towards sustainable solutions across industry.”

METServe General Manager, Dave Moss stated, “The acquisition not only complements our extensive history but also aligns seamlessly with our commitment to contributing significantly to sustainable solutions across various industries. Our role in potential exploration and mining projects, coupled with MEC’s diversified portfolio, reinforces our collective ability to offer comprehensive environmental services.”

Mr. Catania emphasised, “With mining engineering, environmental, geological, geotechnical and advisory services, MEC is well-positioned to offer end-to-end services across the full mining life cycle, leveraging our in-house expertise to collaborate and provide best-practice solutions to the resources sector.”



MEC Connects with Aspiring Mining Engineers at UQ

Last Friday we had the pleasure of connecting with many enthusiastic students at the UQ’s Careers Fair.

Our booth was buzzing with activity, filled with bright and talented students keen on learning about the career opportunities awaiting them in the mining sector.

It’s always inspiring to see so many young individuals passionate about making a significant impact in the industry, and we were thrilled to share insights about the dynamic roles and projects that MEC offers.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth and if you missed us on the day, don’t worry we are always looking for top talent to join our team and we would be more than happy to discuss our Graduate Program with you.

A special shoutout to our stellar team members Lauren Baldwin, Bryant Li, Onai Chenje, and Samuel Day. Their dedication and hard work were instrumental in making our presence at the fair a huge success, and their efforts exemplify the spirit of teamwork and excellence that MEC stands for.

Unpacking the Significance of Organisational Values

While it’s clear that lists detailing organisational values are everywhere, the question arises: How significant should these values be in our decision to collaborate with or work for a particular business?

Are ‘corporate values’ merely empty words?”

In reality, they can indeed be perceived as such. Often confined to paper or the ‘About’ page of a company website, these values may lack real-world application or fail to permeate through a business beyond the executive level.

However, when an organisation authentically embodies its values and employs them as guiding principles in decision-making, the impact can be transformative. Commitment to core values yields three pivotal advantages:

Public Positioning

Genuine adherence to values enables organisations to showcase their principles and operational ethos in the public sphere. It becomes a way for people to understand what the organisation stands for and how it navigates the world.

Decision Guidance

Values serve as compass points, directing and moderating organisational decisions. When firmly integrated into the decision-making process, values become a reliable framework for navigating challenges and opportunities.

Strategic Hiring

Values play a pivotal role in attracting and retaining the right talent. By aligning with an organisation’s vision and purpose, employees become a cohesive team, contributing to the fabric of the organisation.

These are our values at MEC Mining:

  • Collaborating and sharing ideas is how we do business.
  • We make relationships count.
  • We do the highest quality work to get the right outcome.
  • We take ownership.
  • We are courageous in dealing with people and ideas.

These values underpin everything we do: how we work with our clients; how we solve problems; how we innovate; and how we recruit, guide and foster our team.

We hire professionals from diverse backgrounds who bring different strengths and personalities to our organisation, but we always ensure that our employees share our purpose and vision. In this way, we’ve built a team of people who genuinely care about who we are, what we stand for, and where we’re going. Far from being corporate jargon, our values have been at the heart of our success.

Strategies to Differentiate Yourself in a Competitive Job Market

In today’s hyper-competitive job market, standing out among job seekers requires a strategic approach. The online landscape, with its vast array of platforms and tools, offers unique opportunities to showcase your skills and potential to prospective employers. Here are five effective ways to enhance your visibility and increase your chances of landing the roles you desire.

Optimise Your LinkedIn Profile

Elevate your LinkedIn game to catch the eyes of recruiters. Ensure your profile stands out with these key steps:

  • Craft a clear and compelling headline.
  • Use a professional headshot.
  • Write a concise yet impactful summary that highlights your story and key experiences.
  • Provide concrete examples and quantify achievements with specific facts and figures.
  • Seek endorsements and give them in return.
  • Request targeted recommendations that align with your job search goals.

Conduct Thorough Research

Knowledge is power. Research companies you’re interested in by following them on various social media platforms. Stay informed about their latest updates, and understand their key concerns. Use this insight to tailor your application and interviews to align with the company’s values and needs.

Cultivate Meaningful Relationships

Networking remains a powerful tool in the job-seeking journey. Leverage your contacts for referrals and introductions to potential employers. Connecting with a specialised recruitment company in your field can also open doors to tailored opportunities. Remember to maintain relationships even after interviews, as they could prove valuable in the long run.

Project a Positive Online Presence

Positivity attracts opportunities. Shape your online persona to reflect optimism and professionalism. Consider:

  • Developing a clean, error-free personal website with an online resume.
  • Maintaining consistent branding across your website, social media, and business cards.
  • Engaging with industry articles on Twitter and LinkedIn by liking, sharing, and commenting.

Optimise Online Searchability:

Increase your visibility by making friends with Google. Enhance your website or blog with relevant keywords found in job descriptions for your industry. Incorporate acronyms in full on web pages for improved search results. Enhancing your online searchability ensures that more people discover your credentials, making your profile more appealing to potential employers.

In a competitive job market, adopting these strategies will not only set you apart but also increase your chances of securing the opportunities you aspire to.

Navigating the Chaos: Strategies for Effective Time Management

Imagine a scene where someone attempts the improbable task of stuffing an octopus into a suitcase. Arms flailing, some go in while others escape, and closing the lid seems nearly impossible. Have you ever felt like this amidst the chaos of busyness, either personally or witnessed it in your office?

In a world constantly pushing for more productivity with fewer resources, mastering the art of multitasking and prioritisation is only a fraction of the solution. For some, saying “Yes” or “No” at the right times remains an undeveloped skill, and balancing this with managing expectations can prove challenging. Others struggle with basic organisational tasks.

A crucial skill to hone is the ability to discern between urgent and important matters while filtering requests accordingly. The adage “A lack of planning on your part doesn’t constitute an emergency on mine” rings true, but delivering this response supportively is key to success.

Here are some practical tips to avoid feeling like you’re wrangling an octopus:

  • Plan Your Time: Utilise your calendar to schedule tasks, encouraging others to do the same. Assess new requests against your existing schedule to determine their priority and urgency before committing.
  • Contain the Panic: Panic often distorts urgency and importance. Address irrational fears by asking pertinent questions about the potential outcomes. Understanding the consequences of action or inaction is a solid starting point.
  • Share the Load: Collaborate and offer assistance when you see others struggling. Fostering an environment of teamwork and shared responsibilities enhances overall efficiency beyond completing tasks.
  • Manage Expectations: Clearly define success criteria for yourself and others. When everyone understands what constitutes success or achievement, it becomes easier to gauge the impact of your efforts accurately. Avoid spending time on solutions that may not align with broader interests or objectives.

In a world filled with competing demands, mastering these strategies can transform chaotic situations into opportunities for effective time management and collaboration.

New Practical Geostatistics Credential Revolutionises Spatial Data Analysis Skills for Industry Professionals

MEC Mining and Curtin University proudly announce the launch of an innovative short course, Practical Geostatistics. This program is meticulously crafted to elevate professionals’ expertise in spatial data analysis, kriging techniques, and mineral resource estimation, providing participants with the knowledge and practical skills essential for making informed and effective decisions in the industry.

“Geostatistics is at the heart of informed decision-making in Mineral Resource estimation. Our Practical Geostatistics Credential, developed in collaboration with Curtin University, empowers professionals with the knowledge and practical skills essential for accurate spatial data analysis, advanced kriging techniques, and Mineral Resource estimation.

This credential is not just about theory; it’s about providing hands-on experience with industry-standard software coupled with real-world mineral data sets. At MEC Mining, we are proud to contribute to the upskilling of geoscience professionals, ensuring they are well-equipped to tackle the challenges of the evolving mining landscape,” said Michael Atkinson, Geology Manager, MEC Mining.

This credentialed course seamlessly blends geostatistical theory with practical, hands-on experience using industry-standard geostatistical software. The partnership ensures that participants receive a well-rounded education, combining academic rigor with real-world applicability.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University is thrilled to collaborate with MEC Mining in delivering the Practical Geostatistics Credential. This initiative aligns with the Faculty’s commitment to providing upskilling opportunities for the resources sector, enhancing the knowledge of geoscience professionals in contemporary geostatistical techniques.

“By partnering with MEC Mining in the design and delivery of the program, we ensure that the course provides the theoretical underpinning and industry relevance necessary for learners to rapidly apply new techniques and required reporting frameworks in their workplace,” said Professor Chris Rawson, Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor – Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University.

Participants can engage in self-paced online modules, coupled with an immersive 5-day workshop in Perth. 150 hours over a span of 12 weeks, with enrolments open until 7th February.

To enrol or learn more about the Practical Geostatistics Credential, visit