While some of us may have woken up feeling a little worse for wear on New Year’s Day, Willie Kanari was starting 2020 feeling fresh.
“I flew into Newman on 1st January to start my new job as a Field Service Auto Electrician with Schlam,” says Willie.
He says despite starting his role in the middle of the festive season, it was a smooth transition into the new position. And with 35 years of experience in the mining industry, he’s undoubtedly been through the process a few times.
“I started as an apprentice in Papua New Guinea in 1985 and then worked my way through the ranks to tradesman and then to leading hand,” said Wille.
His hard work and dedication paid off, and he was offered a job working in Tanzania by a friend he made on site.
The African adventure saw him training the locals and helping to construct a dedicated auto electric workshop at the mine site.
Willie’s time in the industry has seen him work for some big names including BHP for whom he worked for over a decade.
When asked why he moved from a major operator to Schlam, he says that it was a lifestyle choice.
“I’ve seen a lot of contractors come and go over the years and saw that they had the extra funds and flexibility to enjoy their time to the fullest when not at work,” said Willie.
As a Field Service Auto Electrician, the variety of work and sites is also a bonus for Willie.
“I have my own ute and drive wherever they need me,” he said.
While Willie may have only recently started at the company, he’s already been commended for the quality of his work, which is something he prides himself on.
“In the mining business, time is money.
“I’ve got to be on my toes at all times, and I have to be willing to go the extra mile to keep things running,” he said.
When not at work, Willie enjoys a relaxing life with his wife. With a grown-up family, they are empty-nesters who like to travel and see the world.