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Newmont Australia

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Trent George-Kennedy

5.30 AM

After absorbing about an hour of blazing Kalgoorlie morning sun through my bedroom window, it’s now time to rise and shine! I make my way downstairs to continue practising my French lessons on the laptop. “C’est trop tôt pour ça…..”

6.15 AM

I grab my lunch and jump in the car, for the 7-minute journey past the Mt Charlotte headframe to the world-famous SuperPit gold mine.

6.30 AM

Arrive at my desk, have a coffee and check emails, as well as the processing plant performance trends from the night before. At this stage, I get a good idea of where some bottlenecks were overnight, which likely will be discussed in the morning Processing meeting to come shortly. I’ve also currently taken over the commissioning of a fixed gas detection project at the Gidji processing facility just out of town, so I begin to gather the drawings and equipment I will need to complete this task today.

7.45 AM

The processing meeting is underway at 7:45 AM sharp! We go through the performance of the Plant from the previous day as well as our safety performance and any potential threats to uptime going forward for the day.

Newmont Australia Graduate Trent George-Kennedy in a processing meeting

8.30 AM

I head out to the Gidji processing plant and set out to commission the equipment install. My colleague and I systematically test each sensor and alarm strobes functionality, while making some small calibration adjustments along the way. Given some of the sensors are in a chemical storage area, we suit up in our mandatory area PPE, consisting of chemical suits and full-face respirators.  While testing, we’re remotely logged into the plants Distributed Control System via laptop, we notice some of the signal output isn’t being read correctly thus begin fault-finding the wiring from the sensor head back to the substation control cards. Fortunately, it’s only a loose terminal at the nearby junction box which we fixed easily, saving us a great deal of potential time!

Newmont Australia Graduate Trent George-Kennedy in a sensor and alarm check

12.30 AM

With the system now fully commissioned and operational, I head back to the Fimiston plant at the SuperPit for a well-earned lunch and a chance to chat with the Electrical Maintenance supervisor about some new Work Instruction documentation I’m preparing.

1.30 PM

I spend the afternoon reviewing Australian Standards regarding Earth testing requirements for substations and subsequently developing an updated Work Instruction that plant Electricians will use in future scheduled Earth testing programs. I also research and obtain a quote for a new piece of test equipment that hopefully, we can use as part of this updated testing program.

Newmont Australia Graduate Trent George-Kennedy testing an equipment

4.00 PM

I pack up and make the short journey back to town, briefly stopping by home to get changed and then off to the local cricket club for a training session. Social sport has always been an integral part of my life and it’s no different despite moving to a regional town!

Newmont Australia Graduate Trent George-Kennedy playing cricket

6.30 PM

After working up a good sweat, I head back home to make some dinner and hit the hay, ready to do it all again tomorrow!