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Baker Provan Heavy Engineering Team

75 Years of passion, process and practice.

From two founders through to the current management and trades personnel our team is now 80+ strong.
Mal Hiley
Managing Director
David Baker
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Barry Jones
General Manager, Service
Jaime Midson
General Manager, Operations
Steve Zakaria
Sales Manager
Ben Hughes
Commercial Manager

The Baker & Provan story began in 1946 when Arthur Baker and Don Provan, two mates, returning from World War 2 purchased an optical profile grinder and set up a partnership in St Marys on a block that forms part of today’s Baker & Provan site.

Arthur Baker Don Provan
Arthur Baker
Don Provan

In 1976 Don Provan left the business to pursue a farming career and his interests were acquired by members of the Baker family.


Baker & Provan commenced transforming from their toolmaking roots from about 1975 when the company began concentrating on larger capacity Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and conventional machining, fabrication, project work and machine building.

Business commenced in a small workshop in St Marys, in western Sydney, where it operates from today.

In 1989 the company entered the defence market with the manufacture of slewing arm davits for the Australian Navy FFG's.

Following the slewing arm davits through to the early 2000’s Baker & Provan designed and manufactured cranes, davits and winches for a number of ship classes becoming the principle supplier of this equipment to the Royal Australian Navy with, at the peak, 45 systems in service that were originally manufactured by Baker & Provan and then being maintained by Baker & Provan.

  • ​1946
    Baker & Provan began when Arthur Baker and Don Provan purchased an optical profile grinder and setup a workshop in St Marys.

  • 1976
    Don left the business to pursue a farming career and his interests were acquired by members of the Baker family.

  • 1990
    The company achieved AS3902 Quality System Accreditation. Now known as ISO9001 Quality Management System.

  • 2009
    Baker & Provan fabricated, machined and finished LN and LQ locomotive bogies over the next few years.

  • 1975
    Baker & Provan purchased its first Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine as part of its next manufacturing phase.

  • 1989
    Baker & Provan entered the Defence market with the manufacture of boat slewing arm davits for Royal Australian Navy FFG's.

  • 2000
    Baker & Provan commenced integrated support of naval vessels ANZAC, Mine Hunters and FFG's

  • 2012
    Baker & Provan commenced integrated support to new naval vessels - LHD's and AWD's (now DDG's).


With a 6,500 sqm workshop facility in the heart of western Sydney, our extensive engineering workshop is equipped to manufacture, repair and overhaul custom made small to heavy mechnical engineering equipment for Defence & industry.

Heavy Engineering Workshop Sydney Baker Provan
Poche Engineering
Baker & Provan acquired Poche Engineering in Nov 2021 who specialise in CNC turning and milling with capacities up to three metres. Poche also offers induction hardening, CNC machining, welding and fabrication. However, what makes Poche unique is their ability to manufacture parts with a quick turnaround catering for urgent breakdown work.

Crowe Engineering & Machining

Crowe Engineering & Machining
Baker & Provan acquired Crowe Engineering & Machining located in Cooma in June 2021. This acquisition complements the tunnel boring machinery and associated equipment that Baker & Provan in Sydney has and continues to  fabricate, machine and install for the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project. 
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