Developing technical excellence in young Australian metallurgical professionals: a new graduate development program

Drinkwater, D. and Bianco, N. (2012). Developing technical excellence in young Australian metallurgical professionals: a new graduate development program. In: 26th International Mineral Processing Congress, IMPC 2012: Conference Proceedings. IMPC 2012: XXVI International Mineral Processing Congress, New Delhi, India, (1230-1238). 24-28 September, 2012.

Author Drinkwater, D.
Bianco, N.
Title of paper Developing technical excellence in young Australian metallurgical professionals: a new graduate development program
Conference name IMPC 2012: XXVI International Mineral Processing Congress
Conference location New Delhi, India
Conference dates 24-28 September, 2012
Proceedings title 26th International Mineral Processing Congress, IMPC 2012: Conference Proceedings
Journal name 26th International Mineral Processing Congress, IMPC 2012: Innovative Processing for Sustainable Growth - Conference Proceedings
Place of Publication New Delhi, India
Publisher Indian Institute of Metals
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 8190171437
9788190171434
Start page 1230
End page 1238
Total pages 9
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
As ore grades decline, ore deposits get harder and mineralogical complexity increases, Metallurgical skills are more important than ever to ensure that today’s mining operations are operating efficiently and profitably. Yet specialist undergraduate degree programs have all but disappeared and metallurgical skills training for graduate engineers in the workspace if often haphazard.

In response to this situation, specialists at the JK Centre in Queensland, Australia, have put together a professional development program designed to fast-track skills development for early career metallurgical professionals. The program, called “MetSkill®”, is offered as a group training package for young metallurgists in the workplace. It is centered on a meaningful technical investigation negotiated between the JK Centre delivery team and the client company. Along with learning about project management and data collection and analysis, the participants study specialist topics such as comminution, flotation and mineralogy under the tutelage of senior research and consulting professionals. The technical investigation provides an opportunity for immediate practice of these new skills and JK Centre specialists are on hand to provide feedback and support throughout the program.

The participants are employed across different operations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, and although they occasionally come together for group training activities they are often separated by considerable distance. Specialist educational professionals from The University of Queensland have provided an innovative web platform to support collaboration and communication between all participants.

This paper will describe the MetSkill® program in detail, as well as providing a report on its initial roll-out to two groups of Australian graduate metallurgists in 2012
Subjects 1906 Geochemistry and Petrology
1909 Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
Keyword Australian metallurgical professionals
Metskill
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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