Balmain is a suburb in Sydney's Inner West. It was once home to a coal mine.


In 1897, Balmain Colliery operations commenced with the sinking of the 'Birthday' shaft followed by the 'Jubilee' shaft both located just north of Birchgrove primary school in Sydney, Australia. The mine was notorious for hot, humid, dusty and gassy working conditions. Tough people dealt with tougher situations, toiling to build a city and a nation. Industrial and financial troubles brought an end to mining in 1931 and the closure and portal sealed in 1957.

Today, Balmain, charming and artistic, boasts some of the most sought after real estate in Australia. It is a beautiful place where families are raised and Sundays are reserved for leisure.

Balmain Engineering, LLC is a family-owned Maryland company that provides contract engineering and consulting services to the mining industry. Our engineers have over 50 years of combined mining experience coupled with an extensive network within the industry. Our services include: mining, environmental and contract engineering services as we strive to support the minerals and energy trade.

Balmain Engineering, LLC is involved in our local community and has a one year goal of achieving meaningful green business status.


Cameron Brown
Mining Engineer | Founder


Cameron graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 2009 with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. He has seven years industry experience in mine planning, scheduling, design, project management and operations.

He has worked at operating surface and underground mines and mining projects in Australia, the United States, Guatemala, Jamaica and Mongolia.

Cameron poses a strong mine scheduling and design background working with modern CAD software platforms. He has worked as a short term planning engineer preparing excavator / shovel designs and three month schedules for a large Australian coal producer. In his career, he has lead both operational and technical services teams as well as authored a Plan of Operations and a White Paper: Alternatives for a major Environmental Impact Statement. 




Al Czarnowsky
Mining Engineer


Mr. Czarnowsky is a 1975 graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. He has over 40 years of experience in project management, engineering and regulatory compliance.

He has worked at operating mines and on mining projects throughout the western United States, including Alaska, as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Columbia and Russia.

Mr. Czarnowsky maintains a thorough working knowledge of federal, state and local regulations. He has prepared numerous plans of operations for mining clients with operations and projects on lands managed by the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. He has worked as a project manager, advisor or technical engineer on several hundred projects throughout his career, including project lead on over ten major Environmental Impact Statement documents.

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We are active in our community

For every billable hour, Balmain Engineering will donate one minute to local Baltimore community service and events.


We work with a local sailing club which provides afternoon sailing for children with disabilities.

We helped run a community day at a local Baltimore mine , helping to educate future generations on where our products come from and the importance of mining

We helped run a community day at a local Baltimore mine , helping to educate future generations on where our products come from and the importance of mining

Open Positions

We are always looking for talented people

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