Leading Hand, Tropicana
What Jamie Norwood doesn’t know about working in Macmahon workshops, isn’t worth knowing. With nine solid years’ experience working across Australian and international mine sites, Jamie has established himself as a talented mechanic who is recognised by his supervisors as a hard working, and self motivated individual with high standards.
Jamie joined Macmahon in January 2010 as an apprentice heavy duty mechanic and worked hard to learn his trade with the guiding hand of the now Apprentice Master, Mike Azzaro. “Jamie showed all the signs of a competent tradesman in the early days and I’m really proud of how well regarded he is today as a fully qualified Mobile Plant Mechanic,” said Mike.
Macmahon’s apprentice program uniquely provides training in Perth for the first two years with a rotating site based system in the final two years. This rotation enabled Jamie to gain experience across multiple sites including Kimberly Diamond’s Ellendale Mine, FMG’s Christmas Creek II, BHP’s Orebody 18 and Malaysian quarry sites Kanthan and Rawang.
“It was such a cool experience being selected to go to Malaysia as part of my apprenticeship but the best thing about working for Macmahon is the sheer variety of equipment and sites that are available to work on,” said Jamie.
Since 2015, Jamie has called the Tropicana Gold Mine his home away from home. Working a 2:1 roster, Jamie appreciates the financial rewards as a Leading Hand in the mining industry. Floating between Esperance and Perth, he enjoys the convenience of direct flights to Kalgoorlie from site.
Growing up on a working property 60km north of Esperance, Jamie’s family farm grows crops of canola, wheat and barley. As a youngster, Jamie and his brother, who is also a diesel mechanic, repaired farm equipment which resulted in a natural flair for his current career and just for fun, Jamie enjoys off road buggy driving with his mates near Lancelin and all around Esperance on his days off.