If you know a senior trailer engineer or diesel mechanic who may be suitable for our Industry Icon series, please get in touch.

Made possible by Smedley’s Engineers. Industry Icon is a series dedicated to honouring the unsung heroes of the commercial road transport industry.

    A thirst for knowledge

    Graeme Weston started with Eaton in 1993 as an intern after completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Swinburne University, …

    No stone left unturned

    Brian Umpherston was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia, and left school at the age of 13 to work on …

    A mine of innovation

    Upon completing his Mechanical Engineering degree with first class honours at the University of Melbourne in 1979, Hans Prem undertook …

    Striving for excellence

    Ken Vorwerk was born and raised at Mount Gambier and has remained living there ever since. In February 1979 he …

    Half a century and batting on

    Graham Lusty was born and raised at Nyah West on the Murray River in the northern reaches of the Mallee …

    Reinventing the tipper

    Hailing from Bruce Rock in the wheatbelt of Western Australia, Mike Verhoogt, founder of Bruce Rock Engineering, has forged an …

    Taking it to the next level

    With a solid mechanical background, David Oliver, Sales Engineer at heavy vehicle braking specialist Knorr-Bremse, has advanced to become one …

    A leader in the field

    A fitter and turner by trade and a self-taught engineer, John White started Delta Hydraulics in 1975 as a service …

    Grabbing opportunity with both hands

    Lionel Moore began his career in the road transport industry in 1964, serving his apprenticeship at O’Phee Engineering, which later …

    Following in his father’s footsteps

    From an early age Steven Teofilo took an interest in trucks and the engineering work done by his father. Undertaking …

    A true gentleman of the industry

    Starting as a cadet draftsman at a Queensland cement works in the early 1960s, Graham Weatherhog subsequently moved into truck body …
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