Antarctic Research Centre

Darcy Mandeno

Operations & Field Engineer
Antarctic Research Centre

Phone: 04 463 9662
Location: Room 513, Cotton Building, Gate 7, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus

Darcy Mandeno

Roles and Responsibilities

Darcy started working with the Antarctic Research Centre's Science Drilling Office in March 2009, working closely with Alex Pyne to provide engineering technical support for various Antarctic Research Centre projects. He takes conceptual designs and develops validated detailed design solutions with commercially available 3D C.A.D. and F.E.A. software for fabrication. Construction is completed by local engineering companies who often use state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and C.A.M. systems, whilst the Science Drilling Office maintains project oversight.

Other tasks involve arranging and carrying out maintenance of equipment, providing engineering/drilling support during site drilling operations and logistical planning and implementation for field work.

Some of the projects Darcy has been involved with include Roosevelt Island Climate Evolution Project, 2014 Whanganui Basin Drilling Project and the Lake Ohau Drilling Project currently in planning and preparation for drilling in summer 2016.


Darcy joined the Antarctic Research Centre with 17 years of industrial engineering experience including maintenance, commissioning, equipment design, supervision and project management gained in industries such as pulp and paper manufacturing, building services, food processing, and quarry and mining equipment manufacturing.

Darcy has an Advanced Trade Certificate in Fitting, Turning and Machining and a New Zealand Certificate in Engineering (NZCE Mech).