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

From Site to Celebration: Navigating the Challenges of a FIFO Christmas

Experience tells any FIFO worker that spending Christmas away from loved ones is challenging. The geographical gap between the worksite and home becomes more pronounced during the holiday season, particularly when there are young children involved.

Nevertheless, the show in the mining industry must go on. Preparing for the emotional hurdles of the festive season can help alleviate the sense of distance and preserve your well-being. Whether it’s your inaugural or twentieth FIFO Christmas, strategise to make it a positive experience with the following steps.

Stay Involved

Just because you won’t be physically present doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the festivities. Plan and purchase gifts in advance. These presents will serve as a connection to your family and friends on Christmas morning, especially if accompanied by a special, thoughtful message.

Plan for a Second Celebration

Before departing, schedule a second Christmas celebration for your return – the FIFO Festivities. This alternate celebration can become a unique family tradition and gives everyone something to anticipate.

Indulge Yourself

Pack a special treat, be it food or drink, to make your trip a bit distinct. Have loved ones write you messages, promising not to open them until Christmas Day, perhaps during a ZOOM catch-up. This adds an element of anticipation for both you and them.

Maintain Positivity

Avoid negativity, both externally and internally. Keep your self-talk positive, appreciating what you have – a job and your health. If fellow workers are venting their grievances, distance yourself to maintain a positive mindset.

Embrace Technology, Moderately

Leverage technology to stay connected with your loved ones on Christmas Day. Video calls allow you to witness the joy of opening presents and sharing the moment. However, don’t let constant online updates throughout the day make you feel more isolated. After the initial connections, consider taking a break from digital communication.

Celebrate Responsibly

While it’s tempting to drown sorrows in alcohol, be mindful of celebratory drinks. Instead, focus on organising on-site festivities or activities like physical exercises or Christmas trivia. This diversion benefits not only you but your colleagues as well.

Remember You’re Not Alone

Remind yourself that you are not alone in this experience. Essential workers worldwide share similar challenges during the holiday season. Keep in mind that Christmas is just one day, and you are part of a broader community facing similar circumstances.

In essence, with thoughtful planning and a positive mindset, a FIFO Christmas can be a bearable and even meaningful experience.

The Importance of Effective Communication Skills In Your Business: Navigating the Depths of Mining and Resources

Effective communication remains a critical component for success in any business, and this holds especially true in industries like mining and resources where intricate processes, safety protocols, and collaboration are paramount. Even in solo endeavours, communicating findings and updates is crucial. Business owners in these sectors must articulate expectations clearly to ensure operational excellence. Inadequate communication can lead to errors, failures, and even legal consequences, making proficient communication a crucial preventive measure.

Here are five key reasons why effective communication is the bedrock of success in mining and resource-based businesses:

Fosters Relationship Building in the Mining Community

In the mining and resources sector, positive interactions and open communication channels are vital for building and sustaining relationships. This extends not only to internal teams but also to external stakeholders, regulatory bodies, and the communities where mining operations take place. Establishing trust is fundamental, given the environmental impact and community involvement often associated with resource extraction.

Cultivates High-Performing Mining Teams

Transparent communication within mining teams is instrumental in fostering efficiency and collaboration. In an industry where precision and safety are paramount, team members sharing ideas and concerns freely can enhance not only morale but also spark innovation in safety measures, extraction processes, and equipment optimisation.

Essential for Managing Resources and Employees

In mining, effective communication is vital for managers to ensure that all team members understand their roles and responsibilities. Clear communication channels are necessary for disseminating safety protocols and operational updates. This, in turn, leads to constructive feedback, safer practices, and healthier working relationships.

Drives Sustainable Resource Management and Organizational Growth

Clear communication in the mining and resources sector goes beyond internal dynamics. It is also essential for conveying the company’s values and commitment to sustainable resource management. Effective communication helps potential clients and investors comprehend the company’s approach, leading to growth through increased interest and support for environmentally conscious practices.

Promotes Transparency in Resource Extraction

Regular and transparent communication, both internally among team members and externally with regulatory bodies and the public, fosters an environment of trust. Transparency in reporting environmental impact, safety measures, and community engagement builds trust not only in the company but also in the industry as a whole. This transparency extends to brand credibility and the trust that employees have in higher management, crucial for maintaining a positive and responsible image in the mining and resources sector.

Effective communication is not just a soft skill in the mining and resources industry; it is a strategic imperative. From ensuring safety to fostering innovation and building trust, the ability to communicate clearly and transparently is integral to the success and sustainability of businesses in any sector.

MEC Mining appoints new East Coast Australia GM  

Experienced resources leader Caoilin Chestnutt has been appointed as General Manager of MEC Mining’s Australian East Coast operations.

Ms Chestnutt studied Earth Sciences at the world-renowned Trinity College, Dublin, and in the next 25 years gained experience across multiple commodities throughout the world.

Mr Catania, MEC Mining CEO, said Ms Chestnutt would be an asset to MEC Mining’s expanding business, which now has offices in Brisbane, Perth and a global presence in Europe, Africa and South-East Asia.

“MEC Mining is growing rapidly as demand for our technical and advisory services increase, and Caoilin’s expertise will lead our expanding East Coast Australia teams with a steady hand. We’re excited to welcome her.”

Caoilin has held leadership roles across Xstrata (now Glencore), Anglo American, BHP and Arrow Energy in both technical and commercial disciplines. She was the Resources Investment Commissioner for the Queensland Government and most recently, was head of Business Development at BHP.

She has been a finalist in the Women in Industry Awards twice and was the winner of the QRC/WIMARQ Exceptional Woman in Exploration Award.

Caoilin said “MEC Mining is a world-class consultancy with highly skilled team members who were raising the bar with the level of quality services offered to the mining industry. I am looking forward to strengthening MECs status of preferred partner to our clients,  proactively identifying the gaps to close and delivering the best possible outcomes to achieve benchmark performance for our customers”

Caoilin brings with her a wealth of experience working across multiple key commodities in strategy, due diligence, capital raising, resource exploration and development and Mergers & Acquisitions, strengthening our Advisory team.


MEC will be at IMARC 2023!

MEC Mining is honoured to be exhibiting at the 10th Annual International Mining and Resources Conference & Expo (IMARC) on 31st October – 2nd November 2023 at the Sydney Conventions & Exhibition Centre!

Our CEO Christofer Cantania, General Manager – East Coast, Caoilin Chestnutt, General Manager – West Andrew Dittmann and Principal Mining Engineer Paul King look forward to being part of Australia’s largest mining event bringing together decision makers, mining leaders, policy makers, investors, commodity buyers, technical experts, innovators and educators from over 100 countries for four days of learning, deal-making and unparalleled networking.

The 2023 conference program, features seven concurrent streams, 380+ technical talks, panel discussions and strategic keynote presentations.

Come by Stand B10 and see how we can assist your mine operation!

For more information visit IMARC Website >