Mining Engineer, Mt Morgans
Ryan’s story is interesting and inspiring and we would encourage anyone who comes across him to find out more about a man who is intelligent, compassionate and determined to succeed in an environment that can be tough for anyone, let alone someone who had his fair share of obstacles to overcome.
“I started out digging holes but soon realised there were more possibilities. I just needed an opportunity to present itself, and that’s where Macmahon came along. I saw an advert in the state’s daily newspaper and signed up for a Cert III in civil construction and plant operations which provided the opportunity I needed to gain basic working knowledge to gain access to mine site operations, initially with Rio Tinto at Hope Downs,” said Ryan.
One of the elements of the program exposed Ryan to planning and working with the engineering site department which piqued his interest. He learned and understood the facts and figures he was analysing and turned the information into department reports and schedules that the team relied upon. The site project manager saw great potential in Ryan’s natural abilities and mentored him to become an integral part of the team where he was able to dive deeper into a growing interest for engineering. Upon nearing the end of the project, the manager then suggested that he attend University with the company’s support.
Around the same time, Ryan won the WA award for Indigenous Trainee of the Year and came runner up in the National Competition.
To enter university, Ryan needed to undertake a 12 month enabling course and while studying full time, took the opportunity during his end of term breaks, to go to site for vacation work.
“I started out in the drill and blast team at the Tropicana Gold Mine where I was mentored through the Doorn-Djil Yoordaning cadetship program,” said Ryan. More site based opportunities and exposures were offered through both Tropicana and Christmas Creek II which really helped me to progress my education. With the support of other site mentors, I was given the opportunity to work on scheduling, revising rates and haulage for critical works and I gained valuable knowledge into the commercial elements of mining” said Ryan.
During the last two years of his degree, Ryan was based up in Kalgoorlie at the WA School of Mines (WASM). While located in Kalgoorlie, Ryan was able to immerse himself in a site role in the start-up team at Telfer which provided critical mining exposure in a challenging environment where he undertook roles such as daily production engineering and weekly scheduling. He continued to work at Telfer while on study breaks providing engineering and commercial support.
Throughout Ryan’s period of study he spent valuable time with the tendering team in Perth, contributing to producing tenders and providing engineering and commercial support to Telfer. He thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the technical work required of tenders and variation claims and how they presented new insight to mine costing.
More recently, Ryan has been working at Dacian’s Mt Morgans Gold Mine. This site has proved to be another great learning environment due to its smaller size which enables individuals to be exposed to every aspect of engineering required on site, including an opportunity to delve into drill and blast design work.
Today, Ryan is working on his thesis on Managing Heave on Drill and Blast and he is looking forward to getting his Quarry Manager’s ticket. The future for Ryan is bright and Macmahon is really proud of his achievements so far.
Outside of his career, Ryan is the proud father of seven year old Levi and lives with his partner Cassie and their golden retriever, Hugo. The family enjoys getting in touch with nature with one of their favourite scenic walks at the picturesque Serpentine Falls.