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Slam Engineering Hunter Valley High Voltage Switching Training

Welcome to Slam Engineering

Slam Engineering is a professional firm that is based in the Hunter Valley which provides services to the heavy industrial sector, emerging renewables projects and numerous mines sites in NSW. We undertake high-end engineering with our team consisting of multi-disciplined Engineers in the Electrical and Mechanical engineering fields. We are a Registered Training Organisation and provide High Voltage Switching training courses regularly. 

The depth of our organisation allows the right consultant to be assigned to the right project. Slam offer a professional product that generates repeat business from our expanding client base.

Meet the team

The Slam Engineering team have over 500 years’ combined engineering experience working on, designing, improving, regulating, training, leading and managing resources for operations and maintenance of mining operations, industry and energy sectors. 

This experience was obtained through working for major Mining houses, Heavy Industrial plants, Power Utilities, Natural Gas, Renewables and multi-national Consultancy firms.


Murray Timpson ___


Adele Timpson ___


Phillip Wolfenden ___


Tony Bendeich ___


David Granger ___


Robert McKenzie ___


Michael Roughan ___


Jeff Taylor ___


Michael McCready ___


Michael Cann ___


Greg Ray ___


Stephen Abercrombie ___


Lisa Knox ___


Leanne Tipper ___

Are You Ready To Join Our Team?

Slam Engineering Hunter Valley High Voltage Switching Training

We’re always looking to expand our team, contact us today to find out if we have positions available.

Murray Timpson



Using his extensive experience and knowledge, Murray manages client development and project delivery to key clients.
He has more than 26 years’ experience in control and power systems, high voltage, training, facilitation, supervision, heavy mobile equipment, fixed plant, project management, budgeting and fault-finding. Murray gains career satisfaction by taking years of knowledge and practical experience and developing training packages to train others in these special skills.
Prior to founding Slam Engineering, Murray held Superintendent and Specialist positions with Idemitsu, Rio Tinto, Vale and BMA. His engineering consultancy experience includes roles with WorleyParsons and Bechtel.
Murray is a Chartered Professional Engineer having attained dual degrees Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and Bachelor Business from the University of Southern Queensland, he also maintains Electrical Engineers Certificate of Competency (Underground) for NSW and QLD. Murray has attained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and holds Engineers Australia committee position on Standards Australia EL-023 : Electrical Equipment in Mines and Quarries. He is also the Co-President of MEMMES (Mining Electrical Mining Mechanical Engineering Society).
Murray enjoys mentoring young engineers towards attaining their professional goals. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, swimming and squash.

Adele Timpson

General Manager


In this role Adele provides leadership and strategic direction to Consultants and Support staff by establishing credible and collaborative relationships with key stakeholders and developing business strategy in line with market demands, highlighting niche market opportunities and match to internal resources. Her accountability lies with Finance Management, internal systems and processes and to develop, monitor and drive expectations for KPI’s in safety, business performance, utilisation, lead generation and diversification.
During her career Adele has developed into a mining specific commercial professional with her main focus being extracting the greatest value from goods and services in the maintenance areas.
Prior to joining Slam Engineering, Adele led Contractor Management and Procurement teams within Rio Tinto and was part of the global transformation project that delivered major savings to the bottom line.
Adele holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Newcastle and is a fellow member of CPA Australia.
Being a mother of two, Adele recognises the challenges professional working mothers are faced with and understands the benefits when the correct balance is obtained. To unwind Adele enjoys a round of golf and anything related to water sports.

Phillip Wolfenden

Senior Electrical Engineer

Phil’s work is focused on the high-end strategic engineering which includes the review of Electrical Engineering Control Plans and developing maintenance regimes and carrying our statutory positions in underground coal, open cut coal and underground metalliferous clients. He also concentrates on FMECA projects and project management of large scale projects.
With a career extending over 40 years the majority of Phil’s experience has been within the coal mining industry, the last 30 years in senior engineering roles with a particular focus on project management and leadership, prior to joining Slam Engineering, Phil was the Engineering and Maintenance Manager at Yancoal’s Austar Coal mine.
Phil is a qualified Underground Statutory Engineer and has post graduate diplomas’ in Maintenance Management and Project Management.
Outside of work Phil enjoys working on his hobby farm.

Tony Bendeich

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Tony has over 30 years experience and provides consulting work in engineering, maintenance systems compliance and covers the position of Manager of Mechanical Engineering when required.

 A practical engineer, he is expanding the services that are complimented by a mechanical trade background.  Tony started his career working at the Steelworks moving onto coal handling and preparation and later gained extensive experience in underground coal. 

 Before coming to SLAM Tony spent 15 years at Austar where he held the positions of Statutory Mechanical Engineer, Mechanical Operations Engineer and Development Engineer. Prior to that he worked with Dartbrook coal in numerous engineering roles for 11 years.

Tony is highly skilled in project management, development of control plans with supporting risk assessments, managing training requirements, compliance management and incident investigation. Tony is a qualified Underground Statutory Engineer.

David Granger

Senior Electrical Engineer

David is engaged to work on strategic engineering projects. These projects include developing maintenance strategies, undertaking electrical statutory accountabilities and project management of overhauls of major equipment.

He has a lengthy career in mining and associated industries. Starting as an apprentice electrician, he moved on to hold numerous statutory positions and Engineering Management roles with Centennial Coal. David’s recent experience has been Project Management, leading Electrical and Mechanical disciplines in equipment overhauls.

David is a qualified Underground Statutory Engineer and holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Robert McKenzie

Senior Electrical Engineer

Robert is a qualified Underground Statutory Electrical Engineer with extensive experience within both coal mining and quarries. He began his career as an Electrician with Centennial Coal (then Elcom Collieries) where he moved into numerous Electrical Engineering roles. Robert then spent 8 years with the Department of Primary Industries as an Inspector of Electrical Engineering, focusing on extractive industries.

Robert has years of hands on experience within the mining industry and with the mining regulator. He knows and understands the mining legislation and application of the requirements. He has working relationships with the regulator’s inspectors and knows the expectations of the inspectors.

David Guy

Senior Mechanical Engineer

David has 40 years experience and provides consulting work in engineering, project management, system reviews, relief mine site Manager of Mechanical Engineering both open cut and underground. 

 David is a mechanical engineer who started his career working in underground mining and moved to processing plants, in maintenance engineering, projects, superintendent and management positions. He is highly skilled in mechanical leadership, project management, development of maintenance strategies and development of safe work procedures.

 David also volunteers with the Samarians leading teams to assist with the restoration following the 2019/2020 bushfires.

Brendan McMurray

Mechanical Engineer

Brendan has extensive experience working as a mechanical engineer with over 15 years’ experience.  He works with Condition Monitoring Programs, offers mentoring and training support in the reliability and defect management space. In addition to this Brendan leads site mechanical projects, compliance auditing and reviewing and updating site processes and procedures.

Brendan’s experience extends to a wide variety of underground and surface mining equipment including longwall production systems, heavy earth moving, development production systems and conveyors. He also completes whole of plant analysis and RCA investigations. Brendan builds cases for improvements to equipment and creates maintenance practices or processes to improve plant performance and overall reliability. He has a strong focus on impacts to production and safety.

Michael Roughan

Electrical Engineer

Mick has over 35 years underground coal mining experience. He has gained knowledge during his time through various roles including Electrician, Co-ordinator, Conveyor Engineer, Service Engineer and Workshop Manager.

As an industry recognised Engineer he is proficient in electrical equipment for hazardous areas including development / longwall equipment, conveyors, PLCs, communications, reticulation systems and winders. His other services include auditing, development of procedures and plans, training and project management.

Mick is a qualified electrician and holds qualifications in the following: Associate Diploma of Engineering, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Hazardous Areas, and Reliability Centered Maintenance.

Jeff Taylor

Electrical Trainer Assessor

Jeff is a High Voltage Electrical specialist who utilises his leadership skills and passion for his trade to train electricians in High Voltage Switching. He has extensive experience in heavy industry having completed his apprenticeship and subsequently 20 years as a tradesman with Tomago Aluminium. After completing his apprenticeship Jeff has undertaken the roles of Senior High Voltage Substation Electrician, Plant Wide Shift Electrician, Electrical Technical Advisor and Electrical Tradesman at Tomago Aluminium. 

Jeff is highly regarded for his commitment to workplace health and safety, producing quality work, protecting the environment and teamwork. His dedication to safety and leadership skills are further identified by his previous position as an onsite emergency response team captain.

Outside of work Jeff is the President of his 4wd club.

Michael McCready

Engineering Officer

Michael leads our mechanical introduction to site work for both underground and open-cut equipment.  Michael is a trade qualified Fitter Machinist and Boilermaker having worked in many Fabrication and Machining workshops and mine site field services crews which have included Industria, Tefol, Alfabs and Nova Crane Services. He is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable mechanical professional with experience working on a diverse array of equipment, which includes underground and open cut mining equipment, Power Stations, Solar Farms and Coal Handling Plants. Michael is qualified in Risk Assessment Facilitation (G2) and Explosion Protected Diesel Engine Systems Maintenance and he is currently working towards formal Mechanical Engineering qualifications, to further his engineering application across our service base. Michael is a technically astute individual who understands the legislation he works under. Michael offers a unique service being available for mining and associated clients, he can deliver audit inspections, project management and overhaul services in the local Hunter areas or at any location to best suit the clients demands.

Michael Cann

Engineering Officer

Michael is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Project Co-ordinator professional with experience working on a diverse array of equipment. He has worked on underground and open cut mining equipment and tunnelling equipment.  Michael’s experience also includes managing all components of contracts, providing daily plans for supervisors, organising and conducting weekly meetings with customers, developing BOM’s and organising contractors, coaching and supervision of trades on safety, quality and environment factors together with development of SWMS and risk assessments.  Michael is a technically astute individual who understands the legislation he works under.   

Michael is highly skilled in project management, planning and scheduling, machine audits, compliance reviews, risk management and diesel systems, pneumatics and hydraulic diagnostics.

Greg Ray

Electrical Officer

Greg’s focus is on Electrical design, Supervision and Power control. He has a range of experience in construction, shutdowns, projects and electrical power, controls, instrumentation and design. Greg will be looking to expand our capability into instrumentation and power studies across our client base.

Prior to joining Slam Engineering, Greg worked on-site for businesses such as Port Waratah Coal Services, Bechtel (QCLNG), Worley Parsons, Orica and Hunter Control. His career has led him to undertake various roles such as electrical designer, planner, drafter, supervisor and electrician. Greg is a qualified electrician and holds licences in NSW and WA.

Josh Dickson

Trainee Engineer

Josh is a fourth year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate at the University of Newcastle. His academic results are exceptional, with him being recognised with placement on the Faculty Commendation list in both 2018 and 2019 for high standard of results obtained throughout the year. He is hardworking, fast learning and motivated with high attention to detail and excellent organisational skills.

Josh has assisted our Senior Engineers with MECPs, EECPs, BBRA Reviews and FMECA. He has also participated in undertaking mechanical inspections of equipment and has assisted in the creation of our training packages

Stephen Abercrombie

Business Development Manager

Stephen’s responsibilities are to maintain our client relationships across mining, industrial and renewable sectors. His challenges are to increase the awareness of the Slam Engineering brand and expand our customer base.

Stephen is on the road most weeks conducting face to face meetings to ensure our clients are across our services streams and ensuring Slam Engineering is delivering our services above our client’s expectations.

Stephen is an Electrician by trade with over 40 years’ experience in Coal Mining, Hard Rock and Tunnelling. He has also been involved with Switch gear Design, Manufacture, Commissioning, Training and Business Development. Stephen has spent most time with OEM’s and underground mining

In his spare time Stephen enjoys sailing, playing tennis and Mining History.

Lisa Knox

Finance and Administration Specialist

In this role Lisa is responsible for Finance, Payroll, Business Systems, Client induction systems and monthly KPI reporting plus general administration tasks.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business degree and a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Prior to joining Slam she was the Regional Accountant for YMCA NSW and has also held accounting positions with Calvary Retirement Community and Kilpatrick Lake MacKenzie. Lisa has 10 years company accounting experience.

Leanne Tipper

Finance & Administration Officer

In this role Leanne is responsible for office management and administration along with finance and payroll.

Leanne joins us from Global Soil Solutions where she held a similar role for over 16 years. Leanne has a Diploma of Business and is skilled in the MS Office suite and various accounting systems.
Leanne works closely with our consultants and provides administration assistance on projects where required.