"Every project is an opportunity to learn, to figure out problems and challenges, to invent and reinvent."
In 2020, travel was restricted throughout the world in an effort to protect public health. Instead of my summer internship at Komatsu America Corp. in Longview, TX, management offered me the opportunity to work on an applications engineering project from the comfort of my home. Over the course of the next few months, I worked on developing a Load Haul Dump (LHD) engineering simulation package (LHD-PAK) to help designers, mining engineers, salespeople better represent Komatsu’s hybrid drive performance across the industry.
During the summer of 2019, I assisted in various stages of enhanced break, heat and vibration testing of Komatsu’s drive trains. I primarily worked on analyzing past data in order to report on the effectiveness of Komatsu’s enhanced brake testing systems. I also participated in multilocation customer site studies in Georgia, U.S.A., in order to investigate customer loading and hauling equipment use in order to provide further recommendations. Other projects I was involved in included the installation of new prototype brake systems on Komatsu’s surface mining equipment at the proving grounds in Arizona, U.S.A. Lastly, I assisted in various calibration and application of vibration sensor rig testing models, which culminated in a report submission to the design engineering team.
In the summer of 2018, I held my first job in the mining industry at Resolution Copper, Co. — a subsidiary owned jointly by Rio Tinto and BHP — in Arizona. Over the course of my time at Resolution, I worked on various desk-based studies and onsite investigations to assess the progress and safety of the shaft and tunnel development and make appropriate changes to feasibility studies. Similarly, I compiled myriad reports based on historical data, including
• Current tunnel boring machine capabilities for underground mining operations in order to recommend potential manufacturing partners
• Historical jointing and rotary core borehole logs in order to identify risk of tunnel wedging and recommend ground support options
• Borehole imaging from rotary core borehole logs to identify breakouts and tensile fractures
• Historical temperature and water flow benchmark records from the Magma Mine to be included in the 2019 Feasibility Report