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Meet the team that makes it happen

Jet Engineering consists of a highly dedicated team of project coordinators, draftsmen, boilermakers, apprentice boilermakers, trades assistants, administration staff and management.

Following are profiles of some of the key team members that will be involved in your project.

Shayne Ritchings, Business Manager

Shayne Ritchings is one of the founding Directors of Jet Engineering with 20 years’ experience in the Bowen Basin mining industry, including:

  • 10 years’ experience working in underground coal mines (3 years as a Mechanical Projects Engineer; 7 years as a Diesel Fitter)
  • 10 years’ experience in project management and business management for OEM’s and engineering firms who specialise in servicing the Bowen Basin mining industry.

Shayne is passionate about business systems development. This trait, in combination with his knowledge and understanding of the coal mining industry, results in a business that strives to consistently deliver exceptional outcomes for its customers by applying a systematic approach.

Shayne is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, business development, client relationship management, major projects tendering, business administration, managing major projects and ensuring management systems comply with the health, safety, security, environmental and quality requirements of both statuary bodies and clients.


  • Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Trade Qualified Diesel Fitter

Tony Hutchinson, Operations Manager

Tony Hutchinson is one of the founding Directors of Jet Engineering with 15 years’ experience managing projects, design, and fabrication for OEM’s and engineering firms which specialise in servicing the Bowen Basin mining industry.

Tony’s combination of extensive experience, training and natural creative flare give him an unparalleled ability to design advanced and innovative fabricated steel structures from a practical perspective.

Tony is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, business development, innovative design, managing major projects, risk management and overall operations management to ensure client requirements are delivered to specification, on-time and within budget.


  • Post trade qualifications in 2D and 3D drafting
  • Trade Qualified Boilermaker

Errol Pleash, Project Coordinator

Errol Pleash has 30 years’ experience in the maintenance, overhaul and manufacture of mechanical equipment, including:

  • 9 years’ experience in project management, manufacture, and overhaul for OEM’s and engineering firms who specialise in servicing the Bowen Basin coal industry
  • 12 years’ experience as a maintenance fitter with Mount Isa Mines.

A born perfectionist, Errol is driven by doing things right the first time. Errol is systematic to his core, and lives by the mantra “do what you said you would do”.

Errol is responsible for the project management of the company’s major projects from concept to delivery, including the management of resources, logistics, budget, timing, risk, quality control and for ensuring client requirements are met.


  • Trade Qualified Fitter and Turner
  • Post trade qualifications in 2D drafting

Scott Manning, Chief Draftsman

Scott Manning has 20 years’ experience in the mechanical, structural and civil drafting fields, with 11 of these years spent servicing the Bowen Basin Mining Industry.

Scott possesses a very high level of attention to detail, and significant experience in mechanical design for the Bowen Basin Mining Industry. Being a natural early adopter of technology, Scott is passionate about using Solidworks to its full potential to minimise the amount of human input required, thereby reducing the potential for errors and speeding up the drafting process.

Scott is responsible for leading the design and drafting of advanced, innovative, customised, practical products for fabrication that meet specific client requirements and engineering standards, whilst also identifying and addressing any implications or risks.


  • Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

Andy Gee, Workshop Foreman

Andy Gee has 27 years’ experience in the fabrication and refurbishment of mechanical equipment for the mining and sugar industries. For the past 20 years, Andy has been in supervisory and management roles, and during this time has managed the construction of projects including stacker / reclaimers, ship loaders, 1000 tonne surge bins, dragline and excavator buckets and truck bodies. Andy has worked in supervisory roles at various mine sites and coal terminals throughout the Bowen Basin.

Andy is passionate about employing Lean manufacturing techniques and 5S principles to run an efficient workshop that consistently produces quality products. Andy’s approach to man-management centres around building a culture where people take pride in their work, and strive to continually improve their own performance.

Andy is responsible for managing our production workforce, and ensuring that jobs are completed on time, within budget, and in accordance with the project specific quality requirements.


  • Trade qualified Boilermaker

Mick Lacey, Site Foreman

Mick Lacey has 27 years experience in manufacture, repair and operation of mechanical equipment, including 15 years’ experience constructing, maintaining, repairing and operating mining equipment on a large number of mine sites in Australia, New Guinea, and the United States of America.

Among Mick’s many assets are excellent trade skills, a strong work ethic and a strong focus on customer service.

Mick is responsible for managing the installation of products on site, conducting risk assessments, managing the resources and equipment for site installations, and for overseeing health and safety on site and quality control.


  • Trade Qualified Boilermaker

Vanessa Smith, Office Administrator

Vanessa Smith has 12 years experience in financial management, auditing and administration roles.

An unsung hero of the business, Vanessa keeps the administrative side of Jet Engineering in order, allowing the rest of the team to focus on achieving outcomes for customers.

Vanessa is responsible for coordinating general enquiries, office administration, accounts administration, payroll and compliance management, and for providing executive assistance to the Directors.


  • Bachelor of Business – Accountancy


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