Mario Dona

Mario Dona
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Mario Dona's Biography

Type Of Business:
Oil and gas exploration and production company
Marketing Area:
National
Expertise:
Instrumentation and control systems; Quality control and safety
Major Product/SVS:
Instrumentation and process control systems; Natural gas and oil; Research and development services; Production and processing services; Liquids marketing; Gas supply to all mainland Australian states and territories
Hobbies/Sports:
Photography; Collecting watches
Education Degrees:
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering, University of South Australia
Affiliations Awards:
Fellow, Engineers Australia; Chartered Professional Engineers; Senior Member, Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers Australia; Member, Former Federal President, IICA; The Australian Institute of Energy; Standards Australia; ISA; IEEE; International Testing and Certification Services Pty Ltd; Expert Representative for Australia, Subcommittee on Classification of Hazardous Areas and Installation Requirements
Place of Birth:
Adelaide
Work History:
Principal Engineer Power and Controls, Santos Limited (2004-Present); Team Leader Facilities Engineering, Operations Support, Santos Limited (1998-2004); Senior Project Engineer, Project Engineering, Santos Limited (1992-1998); Senior Instrument Engineer, Technical Services, Santos Limited (1988-1992); Senior Instrument Engineer, Maintenance, Engineering Operations, Santos Limited (1986-1988); Instrument Engineer, Technical Operations, Santos Limited (1983-1986); Instrument Engineer, Technical, Worley Engineering (Australia) Pty Ltd (1982-1983); Project Engineer, Meter Systems, Petroleum Equipment Division, Email Limited (1976-1982)
Throughout the duration of your career, what was the one highlight that stood out the most?:
The highlights of his career include being nominated as development coach for power and controls disciplines within all operational groups at Santos Limited, participating in the creation of international standards dealing with electrical equipment in hazardous areas, and winning a lifetime achievement award.
Number Of Years In Profession:
41
Number Of Years In Current Position:
16
What Does He/She Attribute Success To:
He attributes his success to his passion for the profession and what he does, as well as to his skill set.
Why did you become involved in your profession or industry?:
He became involved in his profession through his interest in electronics and radio as a hobby.
Extended Bio Profile:
Mr. Dona is active in a variety of industry-related organizations, particularly with respect to the development of national and international standards. In 2011, his excellence in process control was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Zenith Award from PACE, the official magazine of the Institute of Instrumentation Control and Automation.
Position Responsibilities and Duties:
Providing independent power and controls engineering services to ensure appropriate and managed engineering, technical information technology and workflow standards for effective creation and operation of assets; Representing Santos on appropriate standards and in industry and professional organizations; Managing or providing technical information to major incident investigations; Mentoring power and controls engineers within operating departments; Supporting internal power and controls engineering consulting services and due diligence services to onshore and offshore operations; Coordinating type B gas devices compliance projects companywide
Education Certifications:
Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland; Chartered Professional Engineer; National Professional Engineers Register; Registered APEC Engineer
Awards/Honors:
Inaugural Recipient, Lifetime Achievement Zenith Award for Process Control, PACE (2011)
Where Will You Be In 5 Years:
In five years, Mr. Dona aspires to be in a similar sort of role and have more of a commitment to national and international standards. He also intends to continue his commitment to passing on knowledge to young engineers entering the profession.
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