06 February 2019: CRC ORE farewelled seven smart and highly motivated university undergraduates on Friday 1 February with a celebratory lunch at the end of a 10-week vacation employment program.
In its second year of operation, the vacation employment program has again provided opportunity for students to work on range of valuable projects relating to CRC ORE’s activities and given them practical experience to add to their credentials for future employment when their studies are complete.
From a range of disciplines including Chemical Engineering, IT, Physics and Economics, few of the students had any previous exposure to the mining industry or considered mining as a possible pathway for future employment. They have worked with CRC ORE’s Innovation Delivery Group, its Integrated Extraction Simulator team, the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mining Innovation Hub team, The University of Queensland’s Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC) and with IMDEX, a CRC ORE Participant with staff located in the CRC ORE offices. Students have learnt about some of the most challenging industry issues and been able to contribute their ideas and skills to developing new approaches to solving these in a relatively short space of time.
“I have been really impressed by the calibre of vacation students we have been able to employ this year. Across the board they have demonstrated an ability to get to grips with complex mining issues and use their individual talents to come up with creative but practical solutions that will really help our staff and Participants. They have tested our own staff to provide concise explanations of issues and challenged them to consider novel alternative approaches to solve them.”- Luke Keeney, General Manager, CRC ORE Innovation Delivery Group
“Kieran’s help was greatly appreciated over the holiday period. He helped us analyse drill hole data sets using some software packages which were not at all user friendly. He also joined us on a site visit to the South 32 Cannington underground mining operation where he learnt to log blast holes using callipers and gyros. Whilst onsite he had the opportunity to experience how underground mining is done and the kind of equipment used. We hope the heat and the blowflies don’t put him off a career in mining” - Lachlan Kennelly, Senior Mining Engineer, Blasting, IMDEX
The students were thrown in the deep end attending a one-day CRC ORE researcher workshop followed by the CRC ORE Annual Assembly and Implementation Council in late November. The following week they got to work on a range of well scoped projects aimed to deliver real outcomes during the period.
At the end of the program each student presented on the outcome of their work to the broader CRC ORE staff.
“I can never thank Austmine and CRC ORE enough to open this wonderful opportunity for female tech students. This internship stands highly significant not just because it gave me industrial experience in my own study area, but also because it made my perception shift to a different angle altogether for the mining industry.” - Shruti Gaur, Bachelor of IT student - QUT
“My time at CRC ORE was educational, enjoyable and highly fulfilling. The project itself was highly self-directed; this challenged me to improve my problem-solving skills and often allowed me to determine which tools and techniques I would use to solve a problem. The CRC ORE Summer Vacation Program was an invaluable experience for me, and I highly recommend it to any student.” - Isaac Doidge, Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons) student – University of Queensland
“CRC ORE and IMDEX have given me the chance to be involved in a project that has allowed me to apply physics and an array of analysis techniques to an important area of development in the mining industry. I’ve had the chance to work with some great people who’ve taught me a lot about surface and underground mining, in an office and on site. This experience has definitely opened me to the mining industry.” - Kieran White, Bachelor of Science student – University of Queensland