Applications Engineering Manager
Stephen Gwynn-Jones is Russell Mineral Equipment’s Applications Engineering Manager – an essential capability and crucial cog in the wheel that is RME and its mission to visibly and defensibly improve concentrator performance, availability and safety, for its clients.
Whilst Stephen’s role operates in an engineering context, his close collaboration with product development, sales, marketing, and the Customer, as well as his ability to articulate authentically, is indispensable for the scoping, design and build of RME’s engineered-to-order (ETO) mill relining machines. Stephen’s highly-able team work as part of order acceptance to deliver the technical and commercial elements associated with capital equipment purchases and ensure the advice provided to RME’s Customers is world’s best practice. Stephen also leads the specialised engineering services group who work the end-client to apply RME’s MILL RELINE DIRECTOR (MRD) simulation technology and liner interface assessments which uncover new opportunities to unlock mill reline productivity and plant capability.
Stephen’s engineering expertise was formed in the Pyrometallurgy sector working as a mechanical design engineer for Xstrata Technology (now Glencore) in design, procurement, quality assurance and commissioning, as well as providing specialist at-the-coal-face support to client operations in China, Kazakhstan and Zambia. Prior to joining RME in 2017, Stephen was working for Tenova Pyromet, a developer and supplier of smelting equipment for base metal applications, to improve equipment designs for top submerged lancing (TSL) furnaces. Stephen was also a Research Engineer for the Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE) in research commercialisation, laboratory management, and renewable energy R&D.
Stephen is currently studying an MBA, holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) with Honours from the University of Queensland, as well as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Engineering for which he received a Dean’s award for an outstanding research thesis on a failure mechanism in smelting equipment.