Sarah Coughlan from Grosvenor mine has become the first woman in Queensland to hold a Deputy’s Certificate of Competency.
The mining engineer was among five Anglo American team members achieving their Deputy certificates this week, the company said.
Mine Deputy is a statutory position under the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999, with the responsibility for controlling activities in explosion risk zones in underground mines.
Competencies are issued by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy’s Board of Examiners.
The Board of Examiners has extended congratulations to Ms Coughlan on the milestone and said it had started drafting a strategy to encourage gender diversity at the Board, and to more broadly to assist in driving diversity in the sector.
Ms Coughlan was introduced to the mining industry through the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) during her high school years at Nanango State High.
From there, she studied Mining Engineering at university and then began work as a Graduate Mining Engineer with Anglo American.
“After starting my career in the mining industry, I knew I wanted to work underground and this program was a natural next step for me,” she said.
“There has been a group of us working towards our Certificate of Competency over the last four years and we’ve all supported each other through the process.
“I’m glad to have had this development opportunity and am really looking forward to taking on additional responsibilities as I build my career in underground mining.”