Location: OZ Minerals-Prominent Hill, SA
Role: Electrical Apprentice
Lives: Port Pirie, SA
1. What’s your current role in mining?
I began with OZ Minerals in 2013 as their Electrical Apprentice, at Prominent Hill in the far north of South Australia.
2. Have you been in your current role long?
My apprenticeship started in January, so I haven’t been in my current role long! Long enough to have had a couple of shift swings.
3. What was your first job in mining?
This is my first role in mining.
4. Did you need to do some training or gain some experience before you entered the mining industry? What was it?
Yes, I did work experience at an electrical company for a couple of weeks to find out if I liked it. I also did a Pre- Vocational Course Certificate II in Electrotechnology. I have my certificate in first aid as well, which I’m sure was a bonus.
5. Did you apply for many jobs within the sector before you were successful?
Yes. I found it quite hard to enter the mining industry without particular qualifications or a trade. So I applied to undertake a trade in the mining sector. I probably applied for 8 or 9 separate apprenticeships over 6 months.
6. What’s your best advice to people applying for jobs in the SA mining sector?
Present yourself as best as you can; in interviews, in person, over email/ phone, in your job application. Do as much as you can to make yourself a competitive applicant, such as gaining qualifications. Be yourself in an interview and let your own personality shine as that is what mining companies truly look for.
7. How long have you been in the industry now?
A few weeks.
8. What is it you like most about your job?
I am really enjoying the variety of the work that I get to do. The people I work with are easy going and accepting and there’s no such thing as a “silly” question, which makes it a really welcoming place to be. The variety in food available in the camp is also amazing!
9. What’s the biggest challenge in your job?
My height! I’m on the short side, so getting up ladders and still reaching up to get to light fittings can be challenging. The electrical theory side is also challenging, but I’m really enjoying it.
10. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve learnt about the industry while working in it?
I’m really finding the actual “process” of getting the minerals out of the ground absolutely fascinating.
11. What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learnt about SA while working in our mining industry?
I did a Cultural Awareness program when I first started and really enjoyed learning about the local Aboriginal history around the mine site. It’s amazing how connected it all is, how much wildlife is out there and what it all means to the local people.