Mr. Gerke Faber

Curriculum Vitae

QUALIFICATIONS: B.E (Mechanical.) University of Tasmania

Completed courses in:

  • HAZOP analysis
  • Management for Engineers
  • Pulp Bleaching
  • Program for Management Development
  • Mechanical Engineering – conceptualisation, development, design and problem solving
  • Project Engineering including pre-feasibility studies and estimates.
  • Equipment specification, design, scheduling commissioning and troubleshooting.
  • Management of project teams.
  • Pulp industry.
  • Chemical Recovery.
  • Materials Handling and Mineral Processing Plants.
  • Communicates well.
  • Achieves objectives on clear set goals.
  • Problem solving.
  • Familiar with spreadsheets, word processing and project scheduling.
  • Well organised and used to working to tight schedules


1991 – Present Covey Consulting Engineering Manager
1974 – 1990 Associated Pulp and Paper Mills

(now Australian Paper)

August 1991 : Senior Pulp Mill Engineer – was appointed to this position but did not move into it due to DARS Commissioning
March 1991 : Project Leader – Direct Alkali Recovery System (DARS)
1986 – 1991 : Senior Project Engineer (DARS)
1986 : Project Engineer – DARS Plant
1984 – 1986 : Area Engineer (Maintenance) – Pulp Mill North
1979 – 1984 : Area Engineer (Maintenance) – Pulp Mill South
1978 – 1979 : Asst. Project Engineer – Burnie Mill Expansion – Pulp Mill ClO2 Plant
1978 : Asst. Foreman – Cell Plant
1974 – 1977 : Asst. Project Engineer
1973 Completed degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Covey Consulting

  • Australian Paper – Shoalhaven
    • Finishing operations review culminating in a $3m project installing equipment sourced from other AP mills.
    • Project engineer for preliminary PM1 upgrade study and for the installation of spoiler bars.
  • Australian Paper – Burnie
    • Site engineer involved with installation of Drum Displacement Washer in Washing and Screening plant.
    • Review of DARS Recovery process for improving uptime and throughput.
    • Magnesium Oxide Metering Upgrade. $100,000 multi-disciplinary project to reduce over dosing.
  • Australian Paper – Maryvale
    • Engineering assistance during lime kiln ring gear repairs.
  • Kimberly Clark Australia – Tantanoola Pulp Mill
    • Design engineer for Pitch extraction project.
    • Vent Gas Scrubber – $3M project. Completed design, prepared tender documents, site engineer during construction phase. Completed within budget.
    • Commissioning process engineer on plant start up.
  • Kimberly Clark Australia – Millicent Mill
    • Project engineer for $4M upgrade of Tissue Machine No. 4.
  • Associated Pulp and Paper Mills
    • Preparation of operating manuals.
  • Aluminates
    • Project estimates.

Associated Pulp and Paper Mills – Burnie

  • Direct Alkali Recovery System (DARS)
    • $3.5M Project. Supervised engineers and draftsmen for the preparation of over 300 jobs for contract. Completed within budget and on time.
    • Major project ($6.6M) to provide size control.
    • Reviewed plant operations, including redesign of fluid bed furnace.
  • Pulp Mill
    • Area covered continuous digester, washing and screening plant, evaporators, lime kiln, rotary incinerators & waste heat boilers.
    • Area covered ClO2 plant, mercury cell plant, bleaching plant, chip storage and screening.
  • Pulp Mill ClO2 Plant
    • Installation and commissioning.
  • Cell Plant
    • Production position.
  • General areas
    • The installation of a trial gas expander in the Wet Air Oxidation plant to recover energy from high pressure (21MPa) waste gases