Team Leader – Command for Underground
Hardrock Mining (HRM), Caterpillar Underground Mining
Caterpillar Inc. – Global Mining Underground Products Division
Nathan is an Electrical Engineer with specialisation in communication technologies and currently leads a small multidisciplinary engineering team within Caterpillar that tests and validates systems. In 2017, he was awarded a local engineering award by Engineers Australia for his efforts in promoting engineering activities in his local region of North-West Tasmania.
Nathan is personally interested in observing the rapid increase in mining connectivity, autonomy, and safety requirements that mines now expect in any machine or system. The challenge is to remain nimble as new technologies are introduced. Safety, reliability, durability and sustainability are key areas of design that are always at the forefront of any project. Nathan values inclusion and diversity in the workplace and understands the importance of collaboration.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Approximately 2-3 years
Why did you become a volunteer?
A position was made available to me on the local EA committee in 2016 and so I jumped at the opportunity. EA provides me with an avenue to network with engineers outside my organisation and allows me to organise events that are of interest to me and my peers. By volunteering my time to EA it also allows me to serve as the local engineering voice of my region at EA divisional level. I find it rewarding to know that I am putting something back into the profession.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I like getting out of my own workplace and understanding the projects other engineers are working on around the region through the many EA networking opportunities on offer. The contacts and relationships that I’ve built over the past few years are extraordinary.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
My greatest achievement was organising my first event at my workplace in 2016. The event helped build the relationship between my employer and EA which I found to be very rewarding. I am proud to fly the EA banner where I can as I believe in the vision of the organisation.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
Volunteering your time on top of family and work commitments can be challenging. However, the rewards are great. The value of continuous professional development drives me to keep going.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Volunteering is a great way to build relationships and allows you to become the voice of engineering in your region. The more you put into it. The more you get out of it. Give it a go.
Image: courtesy of Nathan Williams