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Projects and Experience

Over 40 Years Experience

My apprenticeship as an Electrical Fitter / Mechanic commenced in December 1976 at Lane Amalgamated Hardware in Clyde Street Hamilton North, a Suburb of Newcastle.

Lanes Hardware was a Manufacturer of Hardware, Locking Systems, Rabbit Traps, Train Carriage Ventilation Holes & Pit Roof Washers to name some products. Lanes had it's own platting, painting, die cast, pressing, assembly and warehousing processes and facilities.

As a maintenance based electrician I assisted in all electrical installation work, maintenance and breakdown works, in a team which was initially 5 personnel.  

Post Apprenticeship

With Lane Amalgamated Hardware having taken a major downturn and being caught in a large layoff of 240 personnel, which was nearly 50% of the overall staffing level, the General Manager of Lanes arranged for me to attend an interview at Nesca. Nesca was the name of Newcastle's electrical distribution supplier, now days known as Ausgrid.

Starting at Nesca I was placed in the transformer section where Nesca manufactured it's own transformers. I formed part of the construction team and manufacturing the inner section of the transformers from scratch, which included lamination's, low and high voltage winding's, testing, baking. filling the tanks with oil, submersion, more testing, sealing and dispatch for live testing.

Electrical Contracting

Over the last 35 years I have been employed with 3 companies and had my own contracting company for just over 12 years.

During this 35 years of electrical contracting experience has been gained in the following industries:

  • Coal Mining and Quarries

  • Coal Washery (CHPP)

  • Coal Loading - Incoming Road and Rail, Outgoing Shipping

  • Shipping Port Unloaders and Loaders

  • Rail Industry, rail yards, fuelling and maintenance facilities

  • Cement loading and unloading facility

  • Egg processing and packaging facilities

  • Manufacturing industry

  • Food Processing

  • Carbon Manufacturing Facility

  • Transport and Storage Facilities including Grain

  • Cotton Gin in Northern NSW

  • a range of Commercial industries inc Banking and Hospitality

  • High Voltage up to 33kV - switching, switching instructions, maintenance


Currently Project Managing the Dismantling and Heavy Haulage of a Liebherr R994-200 Excavator from the Ulan Glencore Surface Operations Mine to our yard back in Thornton in the Maitland Area.

This project is underway now, and with luck with the weather (wind) should be back in Thornton in 2nd last week of August ready for reassembly, and awaiting it's next project.

Photo's will be uploaded after the completion of the project.

Positions and Experience

Over the last 40 Years I have held, but not limited to, the following positions:

  • Apprentice Trainer

  • Leading Hand

  • Foreman

  • Supervisor

  • Project Supervisor

  • Project Manager

  • Lead Estimator

  • Commercial Services Manager