David Hallett has visited too many mines to remember – his best guess is “over a hundred at this point.” His first assignment as a field service technician was to repair machines at a tunneling project under-neath Manhattan in New York City.
– As I had studied mechanical engineering, I never thought I would find myself in mining like my other family members. My grandfather worked for Cat for almost 40 years, my father worked for Tamrock for nearly 30 years, and he is still working for a Finnish company in the mining industry. The most important advice they have passed down to me is staying humble, working hard, and doing your best to understand all aspects of the business, Hallett says.
Hallett certainly has taken this advice to heart. During his years at Sandvik, he has accrued experience, for example, as a technical specialist, service super-visor, business line manager, and vice president, automation.
– I have gotten my hands dirty and worked my way through the organization, and I think it’s been beneficial.