Our Team of Professionals
- Experienced management team
- Certified Engineers/ Naval Architects (RINA, EA and RPEQ)
- Certified Machinists, Fitters, Turners, Fabricators, Certified boilermakers, CNC Machinists & toolmakers.
- Accredited Project Managers
- A strong Quality Assurance, Customer service and Corporate Services team (QA, GRC, HSES, HR, BD, and Commercial).
Ralph began his work career in the early 1970s as an apprentice engine reconditioner for Repco.
After becoming a qualified fitter and turner, he moved to Mt Isa Mines as a diesel fitter (above and below ground) before joining NERCO in 1980 as a machinist.
Ralph went on to serve in other roles at NERCO including diesel fitter, machine shop foreman and workshop manager. When US diesel engine giant Cummins took over NERCO in 1996, Ralph transferred his expertise to that company, where he worked until December 2019.
For his entire period at Cummins, he headed up Cummins’ operations at the iconic high-altitude Freeport copper and gold mine in Indonesia, building the Cummins engine fleet from just a few units to more than 700.
At Cummins, he also left his mark as area director for the northern region, as well as head of the company’s Cairns and Papua New Guinea operations. He also worked for Cummins in Western Australia, assisting with the massive growth of the company’s mining business. While at Cummins, Ralph achieved a Diploma of Engineering (Advanced Trade).
Steve Howarth is the General Manager with NEAMCO and is responsible for the management of staffing, financial and manufacturing activity at our Liberty Street premises in Portsmith, the original site of Northern Engine Reconditioning Co (NERCO) which was established in 1975 by Cairns businessman, Ray Fry.
Prior to his appointment at NEAMCO Steve Howarth was Norship’s Programme Manager for the ‘Prime contract’ of Pacific Patrol Boat Projects, where he managed planned maintenance and refits of vessels. All vessels were delivered on time to a very high standard.
Darwin born; Steve’s career has taken him across the world in various and remote locations such as Papua New Guinea, Torres Straits, Solomon Islands, Kwajalein and many other areas in the Pacific region.
Coming from a strong workplace health and safety background, Steve has always displayed a high level of workplace health and safety processes and procedures. Steve is a qualified workplace health and safety officer and has an ISO 9001 auditors accreditation. He has a dual trade background as a mechanic and diesel mechanic with multiple high risk work qualifications and has been a tradesperson for more than 28 years servicing the marine and heavy diesel industries. Steve also holds Diplomas in Project Management and Management & Leadership.
Engineering Workshop Manager
Ken started his career as an apprentice in Fitting and Turning at Ergon Energy in Cairns. Progressing through his studies Ken completed his apprenticeship in 1979 and moved to NQEA as a fitter and turner, working on Australian Navy vessels as part of multiple major tenders. While Ken moved through his career moving from NQEA to NERCO as an automotive machinist, he was also gaining valuable knowledge in various makes and models of engines.
NERCO was sold to Cummins INC. in 1996 and Ken moved there as supervisor in the engine shop carrying out repairs on all types of engines, propellers and propeller shafts throughout North Queensland.
In 2018 Cummins was bought out by the facility which is now known by NEAMCO. Ken continues to service the loyal and valued customer base with engine repairs and reconditioning in his position as Engineering Workshop Manager.
Engineering Workshop Supervisor
Louis started his career as an apprentice in Heavy Vehicle Mechanic. Progressing through this apprenticeship to be a leading hand mechanic then becoming a foreman. From there Louis continued to gain knowledge of the latest America products by working for International Harvester Inc. as a truck mechanic and furthered this at a local earthmoving contractor in the local area as a mechanic/operator. Louis then became a diesel fitter at NERCO in their Cook Street premises for the Fry Family. During this time Louis gained valuable knowledge in various makes and models of gearbox and engine overhauls as well as carrying out various courses and gained valuable experiences in dynamometer testing. NERCO built a new facility in Liberty Street was Louis was greatly involved in the build and layout design.
Louis is a valued member of our supervisory team.
Peter Conomos started his career as an apprentice in the engineering trade of Fitting and Machining at a local Cairns based Engineering Company known as North Queensland Engineers and Agents (NQEA). The facility at NQEA possessed fully equipped, modern heavy Engineering workshops, a slipway and shipyard. Due to the high degree of diverse engineering undertakings NQEA conducted, Peter gained solid industry experience in heavy Engineering and Manufacturing.
In 2002 Peter started his own company in Cairns called PDA Engineering. PDA Engineering began operations as a specialist CNC machine shop dedicated to parts manufacture. PDA Engineering built a solid reputation and clientele base and continued to manufacture parts for mining but had also moved into repair of earthmoving equipment and wearing components.
In 2018 PDA Engineering was acquired by the Fry family and was moved to NEAMCOs workshops to become NEAMCO’s manufacturing department. Peter continues to provide the same dedicated commitment to servicing NEAMCOs valued clientele.