Metallurgists of the future to attend Murdoch sessions

June 13, 2012

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Pupils from 14 schools will be given the low down about careers in the mining industry at a series of special events at Murdoch University later this month.

Sponsored by Rio Tinto, the Extracting Talent for Metallurgy sessions begin on Monday, June 18, and will involve pupils performing experiments in Murdoch’s laboratories, attending lectures and meeting key members of staff.

The School of Chemical and Mathematical Sciences on Murdoch’s South Street Campus will be opening its doors to more than 600 year 10, 11 and 12 pupils and offering practical sessions of common processes in extractive metallurgy. Areas of interest will cover hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, mineral processing, chemistry of metals and mathematics involved in the minerals industry.

“Not only are we hoping to educate pupils about the opportunities available to them in this field but also their teachers and laboratory technicians,” said Dr Danielle Meyrick, Deputy Dean of the School of Chemical and Mathematical Sciences at Murdoch.

“Each of the sessions we run will help them to understand the important role of the metallurgist in the mining industry, and will also give them an invaluable taster of university life.”

The day long sessions run from June 18-28 with schools from as far afield as Bunbury and Mandurah attending.

Pupils from Swan Christian, Perth Modern, Somerville Baptist, Mandurah Baptist, Governor Stirling SHS, All Saints, North Lake, Aquinas, Hale, Living Waters Lutheran College, John XXIII, Manea Senior College in Bunbury, Greenwood SHS, and Perth College will all be attending.

There are plans to take the sessions to more regional areas like Geraldton, Port Hedland, Karratha, Albany and Esperance in the future as part of Rio Tinto’s five year sponsorship.

Murdoch University staff also visit local high schools to present small practical, demonstrative and informative sessions when requested.

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