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Thinus Neethling – Winner: Engineer of the Year, Australian Defence Industry Awards


We are delighted to share with you that Senior Principal Engineer Thinus Neethling has recently been awarded Engineer of the Year in the Australian Defence Industry Awards.

Thinus Neethling

This result is terrific for Thinus, and is a well-deserved acknowledgement of his commitment to innovation and continuous improvement across the Explosive Materiel Branch (EMB), Directorate of Engineering. EMB manages the acquisition, in-service sustainment and disposal of guided and non-guided explosive ordnance (EO) used by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Thinus’ work has been invaluable in developing the maturity of the Electro-Explosive Hazards area. He has worked to identify and emphasise appropriate controls to enable improved decision making and better informed Electro-Explosive Hazards (EEH) assessments.

He has also taken an active leadership role in developing emerging engineers by engaging in external presentation opportunities and industry sharing platforms. As the ADF continues to explore and require emerging disruptive technologies, his ability to mentor and inspire developing engineers will inevitably result in a collaborative, high performing team that is strongly positioned and well regarded to meet the EEH needs of the ADF.

Thinus’s win at the awards was not our only success however. The Australian team also had three finalists:

  • Peter Booth, Level 2 Technician at RAAF Amberley
    Finalist – Technician of the Year
  • Nazifa Tahir, Senior Electronics Engineer:
    Finalist – Rising Star of the Year
  • Graduate Program of the Year:
    Finalist (Melanie Hill – Learning and Development Consultant, Juliette Rault – Learning and Development Manager)

This is a wonderful result for our Australian team and their success is a strong reflection of their talent and commitment to quality.