Heavy Engineering
& Fabrication

Heavy Engineering
& Fabrication

Dawsons has the ability to manage a project from design through to fabrication and installation. In over 30 years of operation, we have been involved in projects as diverse as structural refurbishments of mine processing plants, fabrication of pressure vessels in SAF2507; design and construction of mine camps and process plants; to the installation of an underground crusher.

We understand that our clients operate in a 24/7 environment and we manage projects between our workshops to ensure that even the tightest deadlines are met. We don’t rely on third parties for supplementary labour – all of our projects are resourced internally. We also own our fleet of trucks, cranes and site tooling so that we maximise control of deadlines and quality at every stage of a project.

Recent Projects


$0 Million
Design and construct cantilevered boardwalk structure in Barron Gorge National Park.


South 32
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Offsite fabrication packages and specialist site labour –supervision, planning and trades for the production critical installation of underground crusher.

Hemi Hydrate Filter Train Expansion

Incitec Pivot
Phosphate Hill
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Brownfields construction project. Off-site fabrication packages and fast track on site Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical.

Sun Metals Shed

Sun Metals
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Construction of product shed, 100m long x 58m wide, 14m high walls. 10,000 cubes of concrete, 450T steel reinforcing, 9000m sheeting.

Gunpowder Mine Redevelopment

Capricorn Copper
Gunpowder Mine
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All Mechanical repair works on processing plant to move from care and maintenance to full production. Fully tooled and supervised crew.


  • We are able to leverage off our three purpose built engineering workshops in Cairns, Townsville, and Mt Isa.
  • We are able to control workflow and utilise down time in one workshop to meet deadlines for clients – projects can be shared between sites.
  • Our workshops are able to operate 24/7 to meet tight deadlines.
  • We can mobilise a project workforce from across the company – ensure we have the best mix of available skills and ability on the project.
  • Our ability to mobilise to any site, Australia wide, at short notice has been critical to the success of many remote breakdown or emergent work projects.

Our People

Shaun Hanley
Shaun Hanley
Operations Manager, Cairns

A Miriwinni local, Shaun started as Dawsons Estimator in Cairns in 2003 and what a ride it’s been for us all. Shaun has been instrumental in the successful execution of key contracts and projects at most sites Dawsons operates at. Shaun has proven to be versatile and has grown with the business to apply his expertise across our Heavy Engineering and Civil Construction divisions.

Chris Johnstone
Chris Johnstone
Area Manager, Mt Isa

Chris first came to us as a bull riding, pig chasing apprentice boilermaker, where his hard working and hot headed qualities quickly highlighted his potential.  After finishing his apprenticeship in our Townsville workshop under the master, Ken Wells, Chris spent many years between Townsville workshop and major sites in North West Queensland.  He’s found his forever home now and stepped up to managing our fastest growing location.

Brad Whitbourne
Brad Whitbourne
Regional Manager, Townsville

Whatever it takes. Since joining Dawsons from John Holland in 2010, Brad has led the Townsville division’s delivery of large multi-disciplinary projects at Mt Isa, Gunpowder Mine, QNI, Sun Metals and Townsville Waste Water Treatment Plant. A North Queensland local and Mechanical Engineer, Brad has extensive experience in project management and has worked on most of the major operating sites in North West Queensland. Brad is no shrinking violet and leads from the front with the fitness and wellbeing fads that pass through the Townsville office.

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