Based at our workshop in Bassendean, Western Australia, Chris has made a name for himself across the business as a friendly and approachable teammate whose desire to help colleagues understand the materials and metallurgy aspects of the job helps ensure the quality of our products day in and day out.
Chris worked as a Graduate Materials Engineer for several years and during that time was involved in a number of Research and Development projects. He says the work gave him a sense of pride and accomplishment as he felt he was able to add real value to the business. “I worked on developing two different types of weld overlay product in those early years which I guess kind of has my name on it now and is something I’ll always be able to say I contributed to Bradken.”
He was soon given the opportunity to step up to a management role in the Product Development technical department, leading a team of engineers across Australia and Canada, before being appointed to his current role as Technical Product Delivery Lead. In this role Chris and his team operate on a global scale looking at first article reviews, gauge designs and specifications for Bradken’s entire mining products range making sure the quality of our products is up to scratch before they leave the foundries or workshops.
His advice to anyone considering starting out in a graduate role reflects this message of being open to continuous learning and teamwork – “You’ve got to have a willingness to learn as much as you can and most importantly, don’t think you know everything. You might think you do but if you’ve got a great idea, all it can take is a quick conversation with a colleague who has a slightly different take on things, and presto - your good idea becomes a great idea.”
If you're a young person looking to pursue a career in materials engineering or related fields, Bradken is a company that values its employees' development and growth. Chris's story is a testament to the opportunities that are available at Bradken for those who are passionate about the industry.
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