With a unique and hard-to-find background like Shane Dobie’s, it’s easy to see why he has made a significant impact in a short time at Haynes Mechanical in Mackay.

Shane, the Service Manager for Haynes Mechanical, has been with the business for only 3 months, but has already made some great changes, such as implementing a colleague recognition program named Bright Spots. What drives him at work is coaching and mentoring future leaders into a professional mindset when it comes to safety and performance. Providing them with the tools they need to grow into their next role. "It may sound strange," Shane shared, "but I'm always looking for someone who can ultimately replace me. I like to help our people to push themselves to operate at a higher level."

Shane also has the experience to back him up in a mechanical world. He started his career as an electrician at BHP Billiton's Hay Point and went on to work as an electrician for almost 20 years across industries including coal and sugar. He then started work at BMA’s Saraji mine site, where he did everything from working as an Electrical Engineer doing overhauls on draglines, to a Field Maintenance Superintendent, and finally in a planning role. Before coming to Haynes Group, Shane was the Preservation Lead for BHP Billiton Minerals Australia. Needless to say, when Shane is in the workshop, it’s easy to recognise that he walks the talk when it comes to all things mining and mechanical.

When Shane is not working to grow people’s potential, he is enjoying his hometown of Mackay, doing things like fishing, caravanning, and working on his yard. "I love the diversity of this place," Shane said. "Diversity in terms of what you can do for fun as well as what you can do for work, such as cattle, coal, sugar, or tourism."