Staff Spotlight: Travers Wood

From the rally track to the outback, Travers Wood finds the right gear at NEPEAN 

When you meet NEPEAN’s new mechanical engineer Travers Wood, there’s a bit of a high-octane past that may look at odds with his seemingly mild mannered appearance.

Growing up on a sizeable patch of property in Dural, in Sydney’s outer northwest, Trav sees his second home as behind the wheel of some of the most wild machines on four wheels - rally cars.  

“I started in the army but my early mechanical engineering career was spent working in the motorsports industry on shock absorbers for rally car teams,” he says.

“I was away every month touring with rally teams, which seems like a bit of a glamorous life, but it also meant I didn’t get much time behind the wheel of my own rally car.”

That car collecting too much dust at home was an almighty Holden Gemini - a blast from the past - but the lack of time at home saw Trav make his way into working on conveyors.

“From a mechanical engineering perspective conveyors fascinate me, and really offer a lot more for an engineer’s brain than rally cars and shock absorbers,” he says.

“The potential of really getting into the meatier side of things is what excites me about starting here at NEPEAN.”

Trav says the company’s focus on being different and better resonates with him personally, especially when it comes to acting at the speed of business.

“The agility here is what has impressed me most so far,” he says. 

“Being able to analyse situations quickly as a team and put things into action fast is truly a unique feature in our industry, and being different like that truly makes us better from my experience.

“It connects with me personally and as part of the NDNA, because it better allows us to engineer good outcomes with our customers - to enable their success.

“It feels like we have the speed and relationships of a smaller family business mixed with the resources and strategic direction of a big business. I’m not sure people realise just how rare that is.”

First thing on Trav’s list is the Ironbark Project with Fitzroy Mining - something he is raring to get stuck into.

“What an opportunity,” he says. “This project is a relationship, not just a transaction and that really resonates with me.

“To work so closely and openly with a customer like we are on the Ironbark Project is the holy grail - you just don’t see it much. That transparency between us and the willingness to see each other do top work is why I joined NEPEAN.”

That and he may just get a bit more time to dive under the hood of his WRX, a slight upgrade over that humble little Gemini.

“Yep, being able to dive back under the hood and tinker is the icing on the cake,” he says.  

 

In brief: Q&A with Travers Wood

Name: Travers Wood

Position: Mechanical Engineer

Tell us about your early work as an engineer: My early mechanical engineering career was spent working in the motorsports industry on shock absorbers for rally car teams. I was away every month touring with rally teams, which seems like a bit of a glamorous life, but it also meant I didn’t get much time behind the wheel of my own rally car.

How did you find your way into the mining services industry? From a mechanical engineering perspective conveyors fascinate me, and really offer a lot more for an engineer’s brain than rally cars and shock absorbers. The potential of really getting into the meatier side of things is what excites me about starting here at NEPEAN.

How do the company’s values and the NDNA align with your own? The agility here is what has impressed me most so far. Being able to analyse situations quickly as a team and put things into action fast is truly a unique feature in our industry, and being different like that truly makes us better from my experience. It connects with me personally and as part of the NDNA, because it better allows us to engineer good outcomes with our customers - to enable their success. It feels like we have the speed and relationships of a smaller family business mixed with the resources and strategic direction of a big business. I’m not sure people realise just how rare that is. 

What are you most looking forward to in your work here? The Ironbark Project with Fitzroy Mining is something I’m raring to get stuck into. What an opportunity. This project is a relationship, not just a transaction and that really resonates with me. To work so closely and openly with a customer like we are on the Ironbark Project is the holy grail - you just don’t see it much. That transparency between us and the willingness to see each other do top work is why I joined NEPEAN.

 

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