Tony Dover is a Senior Engineer with MASPRO Engineering since March 2021. During the past decade his work focussed upon developing effective and innovative engineering solutions and made market leading solutions for the fire industry CAFS systems with compact units for city rapid response and remote response unit. He began working as a Mechanical Engineer (B. Eng. RPEQ) and has over 10 years of industry experience in design, manufacturing and consulting for the mining, oil and gas and personal power equipment industries.
Tony is also Skilled in Computer-Aided Design (SolidWorks), Pumps, Hydraulics, Sheet Metal, Welding, and Root Cause Analysis. He is a strong engineering professional with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) focused on Mechanical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology.
How does it feel like working remotely and what are you currently working on?
As any working arrangement, it comes with its challenges. The days can be long since the office is always only meters away, but it means that I can do more instead of spending hours per day in transit. It also means that I can comfortably finish work then take the dogs for a walk within minutes!
What drew you to MASPRO originally? And how has your journey been so far?
I enjoy working with heavy machinery, and mining being one of (if not the) focal points of engineering in Australia, my journey so far has been great. I have done quite a few years of above ground mining and heavy machinery work, so working with MASPRO has opened up my world to the underground machinery which present many new learning opportunities and unique challenges.
What is your motto or personal mantra?
Always acquire new knowledge.
What do you enjoy the most about Engineering as a career?
I enjoy problem solving, making new machines and processes to make the world (and workplaces) a safer place and to make work easier for the people that do it.
What are some of the improved product designs that you are currently working on and are in trial?
Currently working on the very last stages of design for upgrades to the boom system of an underground drill that will bring it inline with the needs of the harsh Australian conditions. Some of previously completed modifications were internal to a drill rotation unit itself giving it longer life.
What’s the last thing you really geeked out about?
A friend of mine is an industrial HVAC technician, and we were having a discussion how a large, chilled-water cooling system works in the building compound which houses works as well as accommodation.
A little birdie told us that you are an animal lover. How many pets do you have and what are their names?
Ah well we have 5 pets – 2 dogs, 2 cats and a bird. The bird, who’s a Sun Conure named Zazu, is the leading animal in the household as all others fear his peck. The 2 cats are Tigger (Tabby) and Hades (possibly a Bombay but just a large black purry cat in general) and the dogs are Zelda (rescue Amstaff that came with a lot of personality problems) and Kratos (40+kg German Shephard who thinks he’s a puppy still)
What kind of music do you listen to? Any favourite band/song?
It really depends on my mood, but I grew up listening to RnB and hip-hop mainly.
What is the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
Most likely the first thing I’d do is pay off the mortgage!
What is the most important thing you have learned in the last 5 years?
A lot can be achieved with a little bit of patience.
What is your go to favourite meal/cuisine?
Meal wise it is Pepperoni Pizza, or a medium rare steak and chips. Cuisine, I really enjoy Thai food.
After covid ends, where would you like to travel next?
I’m recently married (last year) so we are yet to go on our honeymoon. However, I would really like to travel to see my family back in Bosnia/Serbia.
You’re happiest when?
I’m the happiest when I wake up knowing I have no plans for that day!