Introducing Simon Thomsen – Project Engineer

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Simon earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2011. During his degree, he completed his industrial training with Calix, developing the concept and running heat and mass balances for the CFC15000 which was at the time in an early conceptual stage. After graduating, he joined Calix full time and immediately began work on the engineering design of the CFC15000 plant. Simon would end up being heavily involved in the plant from its conception and design, moving to Bacchus Marsh through its construction and commissioning before it transitioned to a successful full time production facility.

Since then, Simon has taken on a multitude of roles as required by the varying needs of a fast growing company. These have included project managing periodic upgrades of the CFC15000 facility, managing the delivery of services for high value customers such as Melbourne Water and most recently, held a pivotal role in completing the engineering on the pre-FEED study for the LEILAC project before moving to Europe full time in 2017 to work on the project full time. With the plant now in operation, he is in charge of managing the projects engineering activities. He also leads the Work Package which will conduct the engineering and construction for a pilot for another project Calix is involved in, Project SOCRATCES.

In his free time, Simon enjoys getting outdoors running or on his mountain bike. He also completed an ambitious personal project, building a Formula Vee racing car of his own design which he raced in 2017, winning the division 2 championship in its first season of competition.

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