All Press Releases for December 05, 2014

George E. McLagan Honored for Excellence in Mining Operations

Mr. McLagan prides himself on developing strategies to eliminate defects.

Mr. McLagan attributes his success to his ability to listen to others and show them that there is room for improvement.

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA, December 05, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- George E. McLagan, Principal Advisor Asset Management, Reliability of AngloGold Ashanti, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in mining operations.

Mr. McLagan has 34 years of professional experience, with four years as a Principal Advisor of Asset Management and Reliability for AngloGold Ashanti. Throughout his career, he has established himself as an expert in detecting, analyzing and eliminating failures and defects of rotating equipment. He is also skilled at optimizing design for reliability. Mr. McLagan works from home for 50 to 60 percent of the year, and works for the remainder of the year onsite. He spends much of his time at home planning and preparing for future visits, and also follows up on the outcomes of previous visits. He prides himself on developing effective strategies for rolling out defect elimination, as well as training and educating the staff in order to improve their skills and increase reliability. Mr. McLagan is a mechanical tradesman and has a mechanic engineering qualification. He has worked in the mining industry for more than three decades and specializes in maintenance and reliability engineering.

Looking back, Mr. McLagan attributes his success to his ability to listen to others and show them that there is room for improvement without coming across in a threatening way. He gives people solutions that will help solve problems. He became involved in his profession because he had started working as a trainee mechanical engineer in Newcastle. He has experience with mechanic trades people and artisans. He was offered a position as a maintenance project engineer and gradually progressed to his current role. The highlight of his career was being invited to join a multinational consulting group to improve the reliability and availability of the ore processing plant of a large Chilean copper mine.

Mr. McLagan received an Associate Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, Newcastle College in 1980. He maintains affiliation with the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals. In years to come, Mr. McLagan plans to continue in the same line of work and continue to mentor others. He hopes to continue to grow in his career and develop consultancy alliances.

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