Senior lecturer in Mechanical Engineering focusing on metal fatigue, welding and residual stress of aerospace and other materials, mechanical design to Australian and International Standards, and bulk materials handling.

Greg has over 20 years of industrial design and manufacturing experience in the aviation and resources industries in Australia, Canada, the USA, and Japan.

He has the following qualifications: Ph.D. RPEQ FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus).

Greg is a member of the Engineers Australia Mechanical College QLD committee, the Engineers Australia Leadership and Management College QLD committee and the Engineers Australia Townsville Regional Group committee.  

Greg is currently working on collaborative projects wtih researchers in Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), University of Newcastle (NSW) and CSIRO. 


  • ME3525: Mechanical Design (Level 3; TSV)
  • ME4515: Advanced Mechanical Engineering Design (Level 4; TSV)
  • ME4521: Bulk Materials Handling (Level 4; TSV)
  • Consulting to industry through Innovation Connection grants
  • I have acted in numerous legal proceedings as an expert witness with funds directed through JCU to be used for research (+$16,000 to date).
  • I worked for 8 years in the mining conveyor industry for both Fenner Dunlop and Continental.
  • I have 13 years manufacturing experience from high tech, clean room manufacturing to large scale industrial manufacturing.
  • I have worked for two ASX listed new technology start-up companies in the resources and aviation industries.
  • I have worked as a Lean Process Engineer in large scale manufacturing for the mining industry.
  • I completed a 4 year trade as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in Australia and Canada.
  • 2017 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2014 to 2017 - Global Design Engineer - design of conveyor belt installation equipment, Continental (Melbourne)
  • 2013 to 2014 - Lean Process Engineer - Conveyor belt manufacturing, Continental (Melbourne)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Engineering Manager - Conveyor optimisation, Fenner Dunlop (Perth/Melbourne)
  • 2008 to 2010 - Technology Manager - new technology start up company - oil and gas coring, Coretrack (Perth)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Project Manager/Engineer - design of mining infrastructure, Wilshaw Engineering (Perth)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Project Manager/Engineer - design of pressure vessels, KJ Beer Consulting (Perth)
  • 2000 to 2005 - Project Engineer/Manager - new technology start up company - aerospace structural health monitoring, Structural Monitoring Systems (Perth/USA)
  • 2001 to 2002 - Post-doc - fatigue life enhancement of weldments, National Institute for Materials Science (Tsukuba, Japan)
  • 1995 to 2000 - PhD candidate/consultant - industry supported by Rio Tinto - fatigue failure of thermite train rail weldments, University of Western Australia (Perth)
  • 1985 to 1990 - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - de Havilland Beaver, Otter, Cessna 152, 172, Aerostar, Mojave, Lear Jet, Falcon Jet, North Coast Air Services, Airtex, Australian Jet Centre, Royal Aero Club (Canada/Sydney/Perth)
  • 2021 to 2022 - Engineers Australia Leadership and Management College Qld Branch committee member
  • 2021 to 2022 - Engineers Australia Mechanical College Qld Branch committee member
  • 2021 to 2022 - Engineers Australia Townsville Regional Group committee member
  • 2012 - FIEAust - Fellow Engineers Australia
  • 2001 to 2002 - Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers
  • 2019 - IntPE(Aus) - International Practicing Engineer Australia
  • 2019 - EngExec - Engineering Executive
  • 2019 - APEC Engineer - Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Engineer
  • 2017 - CPEng - Chartered Practicing Engineer
  • 2017 - RPEQ - Registered Practicing Engineer Queensland
  • 2016 - NER - National Engineering Register
  • 1996 to 2000 - William Lambden Owen Award
  • 1996 to 2000 - Australian Post Graduate Award - Industry
  • 1998 - Travel Award for The 35th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, Sept. 27-30, 1998
  • 1998 - Travel award to the Fourth International Conference of Low Cycle Fatigue and Elasto-plastic Behaviour of Materials, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 7-11 September 1998
  • 1997 - Travel award to the Third International Conference on Fracture and Strength of Solids, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong, 8-10 December 1997

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 27+ research outputs authored by Dr Greg Wheatley from 1997 onwards.

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Department of Industry - Innovations Connections

Structural analysis and verification

Indicative Funding
$8,006 , in partnership with FNQ Plastics ($8,006)
Structural analysis and verification using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and other techniques to locally design, test and mass produce a unique extruded profile which has various applications, including, but not limited to the manufacturing of durable ute trays and various uses in the construction industry.
Greg Wheatley (College of Science & Engineering)
Model generation; Finite Element Analysis; Verification; Finite Element Analysis - Simulation; Mechanical - real world testing; Materials recycling

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Eco-Friendly approach to the Recovery of Economic Materials from Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Iron Ore Bulk Ore Moisture Integration as Dust Prevention. (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Surface integrity study of the as-fabricated and post-processed SLM Aluminum alloy. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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