Gaamben staff have extensive experience across open cut mining, underground mining, mining support services, civil construction, equipment dry hire, haulage, quarrying, crushing and screening, crane hire and farming.
Company director and the principal diesel mechanic Ian Shilling has extensive experience as a diesel mechanic, gaining his apprenticeship with Gough & Gilmour at the Parramatta branch in Sydney before moving to Orange in March 2002 to take up the Caterpillar residency position. In February 2005, Ian started Gaamben and is considered to be one of the most experienced diesel and crane mechanics in NSW.
Senior Technician Danial Harris completed his apprenticeship with Caterpillar and also has experience in coal mining and in civil construction. Dan has been a service supervisor and field service mechanic for BT Equipment dealing with a large variety of machines including Bomag, Mitsubitshi, Kawasaki, Yanmar, Mustang and Sumitomo. Dan has extensive experience as a plant mechanic, including the repair and maintenance of a variety of cranes up to 100 tonnes.
Senior Technician Matthew Cook has experience with Bathurst Regional Council and Whittaker Contracting as an underground equipment maintenance and break-down fitter as well as with Coalpac as a heavy equipment maintenance and break-down fitter. Matthew has worked with Atlas Copco haul trucks and drill rigs, Bomag rollers, various Caterpillar and Komatsu machinery including excavators and under ground and surface haul trucks, Case skid steers and backhoes, John Deere tractors and graders, New Holland tractors, Toro boggers and haul trucks and Volvo graders, excavators and loaders. He has also had experience with have and light Isuzu, Hino, Scania and Kenworth machines and crane repairs and maintenance on a variety of cranes up to 100 tonnes.
All Gaamben mechanical staff and apprentices are all extensively trained to industry standards in mechanical, service and WHS disciplines.
Gaamben runs a fleet of Isuzu 450 trucks fitted with service type bodies. All trucks are fitted with Palfinger cranes, K30 Pilot air compressors, 225 amp welders and all the tooling required to complete most earthmoving diagnosis and repairs. We also have access to laptop programs to assist with diagnostic work.