Metallurgy workshops to spark high school interest June 28, 2016 Around 400 WA school students had a taste of one of the mining industry’s highest paid and in demand careers at a series of special events at Murdoch University this month. Sponsored by Rio Tinto, Murdoch University have hosted a series of Extracting Talent for Metallurgy sessions throughout June. “Metallurgists are critical to the ongoing prosperity of Western Australia as they are heavily involved in the planning, design, operation and optimisation of mines and mineral processing plants,” said Rio Tinto’s Metallurgical Development manager Claudio Di Prinzio. “They also contribute to the manufacturing and engineering across a multitude of industries.” Students from Year 10 to 12 attended a day which included a lecture and several practical sessions at Murdoch University to gain an insight into the role of metallurgists in the WA mining industry. The students learned about common processes in chemical and metallurgical engineering including hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, mineral processing, the chemistry of metals and the mathematics and statistics involved in the minerals industry. Event organiser Graeme Thompson, a PhD student from Murdoch University’s School of Engineering and IT, said he hoped students emerge from their experience at Murdoch seriously considering pursuing this sort of career in the mining industry. “There is still good demand for extractive metallurgists, even when the mining industry is having a downturn,” he said. “Their visits to campus also gave the students an invaluable taster of university life, whether they decide to pursue a career in chemical and metallurgical engineering or not.” Head of the Discipline, Associate Professor Gamini Senanayake said over the past four decades, graduates from Murdoch University’s degrees in Mineral Science, Extractive Metallurgy and Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering had forged fantastic careers in Australia and overseas. “Murdoch’s School of Engineering and IT has initiated a number of programs and scholarships to encourage high school students to study majors that lead to careers in the mining industry, including the ‘Dean’s Scholarships for Scientific Excellence’. “We would like to thank Rio Tinto for their continued support of the Extracting Talent for Metallurgy program and the high school students and their teachers for their participation.” Over the five years that the program has run, many schools have attended multiple years. This year, pupils from Mandurah Baptist College, Scotch College, Perth College, Applecross SHS, John XXIII College, Greenwood SHS, Hale School, Living Waters Lutheran College, Leeming SHS, Bunbury Catholic College, John Tonkin College participated in the program. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Events, Teaching and Learning, School of Engineering and Information Technology Tags: applecross senior high school, bunbury catholic college, claudio di prinzio, deans scholarships for scientific excellence, extracting talent for metallurgy, gamini senanayake, graeme thompson, greenwood shs, hale school, john tonkin college, john xxiii college, leeming shs, living waters lutheran college, mandurah baptist college, mineral science, perth college, rio tinto, scotch college Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!