As at November 2020
Name: Jonathan van Wyk
Family: Married with 3 kids
Current job/Role? Dragline Surveyor - Yancoal, Mount Thorley Warkworth (MTW)
Career to date?
• Bachelor of Surveying completed in 2011
• Industry Scholarship Student with AbiGroup – 2007 to 2011 including 78 weeks on site
• Graduate Surveyor with Rio Tinto MTW/HVO/Kestrel UG – 2012 to 2013
• OC Mine Surveyor with Rio Tinto HVO – 2013 to 2017
• OC Dragline Surveyor with Yancoal MTW – 2017 to date
Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
• Mining Unrestricted Survey Registration (March 2020)
• Maintain a healthy work/life balance whilst working in a job I enjoy and one that keeps me learning.
Survey Work / People
APART from $$, what factor attracts you to work in the mining industry as opposed to other survey disciplines?
Big machines and the ability to have input into planning/engineering processes.
Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Definitely. As long as they enjoy using the mathematical and problem-solving side of their brain as well as working outside.
What makes you happy?
Spending time with my family & friends, and being outdoors/on the water.
How do you relax?
Reading a book or a few cold beers
What sports do you play and/or watch?
Field Hockey and Waterskiing/Barefoot Waterskiing
What is your ideal retirement location?
Shoal Bay or Noosa Heads
A cold beer and a thick medium rare steak