As a kid growing up in the scenic town of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, a young Matt Skourmallas dared to dream big. He wanted to do something “cool” when he grew up, like explore the skies as an astronaut or pilot. But destiny took him on a different journey - one that led him to Bradken, first as a young Materials Engineering cadet. An important first step to now being part of a dedicated team of experts committed to protecting our future by helping Bradken achieve the big challenge of becoming carbon neutral by 2030*. For Scope 1 and 2 emissions.
In his current role as the Capital Projects Manager, Matt oversees the work happening at our foundries and workshops around the world to electrify equipment and transition away from gas burning processes, and implement emissions reduction strategies to help Bradken achieve carbon neutral status. He says he finds it extremely satisfying to be able to merge his career with doing good for the planet.
“For me sustainability is a commonsense thing and wastefulness in any context is a pet-peeve. It’s no secret, the mining and foundry industries have been big contributors to carbon emissions, and our target is courageous, but we’re taking it one year at a time. I’m excited to help move Bradken towards being carbon neutral and find it personally and professionally rewarding to be making a positive impact not just for the business, but for our communities and the planet.”
*Matt pictured with CN2030 teammates Emma Levine, Senior Communications Specialist (left) and Kirsty Morgan, CN2030 Project Director (right).
Taking it back to the beginning of his journey, Matt’s advice for others looking to start their career journey in a graduate role is to “apply, apply, apply!” He says having the opportunity to learn from the ground up as a graduate is something he’d encourage anyone to take advantage of.
“Getting exposure at the coal-face of the business as a graduate and spending time learning the operations and procedures on the ground where the work is happening is so worthwhile. These learnings provide a really strong foundation for any future roles - I know my experiences have helped me have confidence in my decisions, even today.”
Being a sustainable company isn't just about climate change and supporting the environment. It's about creating a sustainable system for business processes, our people and the environments we work in based on efficiency, efficacy and circular business models.