Encouraging women to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Downer’s mineral processing business, Mineral Technologies welcomed students from Griffith University’s Women in Engineering group to the Australian head office at Carrara in September.
Following a site safety induction on arrival, students joined Business Development Manager Dale Henderson for an introduction to Mineral Technologies. This included information about Mineral Technologies’ global focus and an overview of the end-to-end mineral process solutions delivered to customers worldwide. This session was followed by tours of the metallurgical testing laboratory, production facility and engineering offices.
Metallurgist Wendy Nutt led students through the test laboratory, providing an introduction to mineral separation and the range of processes that Mineral Technologies deploys to identify and liberate minerals.
“Having the opportunity to see a working metallurgical testing facility and get their hands on some heavy mineral concentrate was an eye opener for many of the students. I encouraged the students to get as much hands-on experience as they can whilst studying to enhance their engineering capabilities,” said Wendy.
The tour of the production facility gave students an understanding of how Mineral Technologies’ gravity separation spirals are manufactured. Students showed keen interest in the fact that the equipment is designed and manufactured in Australia.
Of major interest to students was the engineering office. Engineering Manager Matt Allen led the tour explaining that Mineral Technologies has multi-disciplined teams located in several offices around the world designing mineral processing plants of varying scale from modular-size to the large-scale. Key disciplines include process, mechanical, structural and electrical engineering.
“We are fortunate to have several female engineers in our team and we look forward to expanding this number over time. I encouraged the Griffith University students to register their details with our human resources team and to keep an eye on our website for internship and graduate opportunities,” said Matt.
The visit concluded with a highly interactive Q&A session which reflected the students’ keen interest in what they had learned and experienced onsite. Griffith University’s Women in Engineering president Dominque MacDonald said that feedback from the students was extremely positive.
“It is amazing to know that companies like Mineral Technologies exist on the Gold Coast and can provide such brilliant support to groups like our Women in Engineering society. Their commitment to supporting diversity within engineering is truly inspiring, and I am so thankful for Mineral Technologies providing us with the opportunity to tour the facilities and connect with the employees,” said Dominique.
Two students attending the site visit, Estha Nulty and Jade Newing particularly enjoyed getting an insight into a local business with a global focus and the sustainable framework within which Mineral Technologies operates.
“I was impressed by Mineral Technologies family work ethic, ability to solve complex mineral separating problems with current engineering practices, and their focus on employee and environmental safety. It was really great to know that Downer supports our student organisation and we are grateful that the team in Carrara volunteered their time to show us young aspiring female engineers how their offices and factory operate in such a busy time,” said Jade.
“The team were incredibly welcoming, and it was great to see the small scale and global projects which are being undertaken right here on the Gold Coast. Not only was the scale of projects amazing, but it was a great opportunity to gain insight into the diverse range of projects being completed,” said Estha.
Summing up the visit Mineral Technologies General Manager Metallurgy, Equipment and Technology Alex de Andrade said that he welcomes site visits of STEM students to the head office facilities.
“The continued success of our business is reliant on attracting and retaining key expertise. It was a pleasure to host the site visit for the Griffith University Women in Engineering students and I look forward to these visits continuing,” Alex said.
If you would like to explore opportunities to work with Mineral Technologies, please contact HR Recruitment by email or call 07 5569 1300.
Welcome and introduction to Mineral Technologies led by Dale Henderson, BD Manager
Tour of metallurgical services led by Wendy Nutt, Metallugist
Tour of production facitliy led by Robbie Vetsich, Maintenance and Evnrionmental Coordinator
Tour of engineering offices led by Matt Allen, Engineering Manager