Joel WoobyProfile as at May 2017

Name/ Nickname: Joel Wooby

Age: 31

Family? (Marital status?): Married

Current job/Role?
Mine Surveyor - Appin Colliery

What’s the best advice your Parents ever gave to you?
Be yourself

What’s your personal motto?
Live each day as if it's your last

What makes you happy?
My wife, watching sport

What makes you angry?
Watching sport


Career to date

  • 2009-2010: Illawarra Coal Graduate Surveyor
  • 2010-2013: Illawarra Coal Assistant Surveyor
  • 2013-2016: Nominated Mining Surveyor - WestCliff Mine
  • 2016-Present: Mine Surveyor - Appin Mine

Career Influences
John Coll

Career highlight (biggest achievement)?
Accurate holing of West Cliff Colliery into Appin Mine

Career shocker?
None to date

Career goals?
To have a long and successful career as a Mine Surveyor, hopefully in the Illawarra region


What is the best piece of survey equipment/technology/software that you have used & why?
Laser scanner

What is the oldest piece of survey equipment that you have used?
Steel band

What's the most contentious survey issue in your workplace at the moment?
(eg. Hours of work, $$, career path, poor planning/scheduling, technology/equipment improvements, field experience, housing, training ...???)
Need new total stations

If you were the boss for a day, what would you change?
Guaranteed survey vehicle, greater recognition of survey achievements

Would you recommend a career in surveying to a grade 12 school kid? If not, what career would you recommend?
Yes for sure, good opportunity to work in an industry with a good mix of technical work and physical elements, working as part of a team and as an individual.


How do you relax?
Spend time with my wife

What sports do you play/ watch.
Play golf and cricket, watch Rugby League

What are your other hobbies outside work?
Trying new restaurants, exploring hidden pockets of Sydney

Where would be your ideal retirement location?
Balmain - love the inner west lifestyle

Favourite food/drink?
Fresh seafood, gin and tonic

Favourite movie?
Fast and Furious franchise

Finally, if you were down to your last $10 what would you spend it on?
Ham and cheese croissant and a coffee

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