Clark Nguyen – Mining Engineering, Mt Carlton (QLD)
It has been a memorable and fun experience for me at Evolution Mining – Mt Carlton doing a 12-week summer vacation program there. I was exposed to the lifestyles and work life on a mine site and it was very different and new to me. I’ve learnt many things and had the opportunity to apply my theoretical background knowledge from UQ to the practical applications and processes of Mining Engineering. Some of the projects or tasks that I worked on included drill & blast design using GEOVIA SURPAC, short-term (2 week) scheduling of mine production, setting up Deswik for scheduling mine production and technical analysis of the block model. I was also able to chair daily/weekly meetings for the mining department. I worked alongside other roles including Geologists, Mine Surveyors and Mine Supervisors that have provided me with their knowledge and experience to understand how their work contributes to the mining system. Mt Carlton has great people to work and connect with and I have created many friends there with astounding work attitudes and ethics that make working there much more enjoyable. This experience has made me more confident by seeing the big picture and ready to jump straight into my future graduate program.
Bradley Saunders – Geotechnical Engineering, Mt Rawdon (QLD)
The Evolution Mining Vacation Program has given me the opportunity to delve into a potential industry, allowing me the ability to explore future career options and gain critical onsite experience. The program is hands-on, allowing me to be immersed within the work environment while providing practical learning which provided me with fundamental value in return. There is an accommodating support network at Evolution and over the course of 6 swings, has enabled me to understand the importance that Geotechnical Engineers play in the mining cycle. It has been a great experience making connections with the people at Mt Rawdon as they are eager to teach and there is always something that can be done. I was also given projects to complete which provided me with a strong sense of responsibility with a chance to demonstrate my commitment to learning and working within the mining environment. If you are looking for an opportunity to be fully immersed into the industry, I recommend that you join the Evolution Mining Vacation Program as it has completely opened my eyes to a new career path. It is both an enriching and fulfilling work experience that you should apply for.
Jessica van Sliedregt – Metallurgist, Mt Carlton (QLD)
Evolution Mining’s Mt Carlton site has been a life changing experience. While studying my third year of chemical engineering I was unsure what field I wanted to pursue. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to work at Mt Carlton during July and again during the Summer vacation program as a student metallurgist. For me, placement at Mt Carlton has led me to choosing metallurgy as a career pathway and adding a metallurgy dual major to my degree. Over the course of the 12-week program I have been exposed to all aspects of working in a remote mining location. I have been involved in many small projects allowing me to apply my theoretical university knowledge, and developed skills in laboratory work, operational tasks, Excel, safety management, reporting and daily decision making. Working with a vast range of people and disciplines has enabled me to improve my communication and interpersonal skills. Experiencing camp life and an 8/6 FIFO roster has been a major highlight of the program as well as being surrounded by enthusiastic coworkers who were always willing to help. Evolution has a wonderful supportive culture, which was evident during two very challenging major flooding events that occurred in QLD whilst I was on site. I would highly recommend the Evolution Vacation Program as a pathway into the mining industry.
Dalton Randolph – Exploration Geology, Drummond (QLD)
I spent 3 months working on Evolution's Drummond project. Drummond is a fledgling green-fields project and I was lucky enough to be involved with the initial setup of the project. Vacation work was an awesome experience for me, I learned about and participated in the exploration process first hand. I learnt about the types of data collected, went into the field and participated in the soil sampling program, geological mapping and operated the ASD spectral data machine. I learnt about other types of data such as IP and drone-mag and how these are collected and interpreted when compared with other data sets. I learnt about some of the programs used in the industry such as Leapfrog and Grass GIS. I also gained an understanding of the structure of staff and the different roles of geologists and field technicians. Through discussions with the other staff I developed an understanding of the process required for a tenement to turn into a viable mine. Overall it was a very eye-opening experience that has cemented my desire to enter into the mining industry.
Alisha van Es – Geology, Cowal (NSW)
I have been so fortunate to spend my vacation period with Evolution Mining at the Lake Cowal, NSW operation. In this time, I spent approximately half of the program with mining (grade control) and the other half with exploration, covering a broad spectrum of tasks that a geologist undertakes in their day-to-day operations. One of the biggest benefits to working for the entire summer is being able to see projects and tasks to completion, and in-turn seeing the effects and implications of decisions made (though it really is just a taste-tester). Mining is just a new world entirely, so it was fantastic seeing how people worked together to complete large and difficult tasks. I was not sure what to expect as a vacation student, but the Evolution Team went above and beyond those expectations (I did not get stuck with the boring jobs that’s for sure). I was made to feel welcome and at home from day one, with people taking the time to teach me as much as possible. At the end of the day, you get out of it what you put in, and I will always cherish my initial steps into the mining industry.
Liam Methven – Metallurgy, Cowal (NSW)
Working for Evolution Mining was an incredible experience. I came into the Vacation program hoping to gain practical experience from my Chemical Engineering degree and I certainly did. In addition, I had little experience or knowledge of metallurgy coming into the program. While working on site I was able to grow this knowledge whilst improving my lab and Excel skills, spend time with operators and seeing what it takes to commission new pieces of equipment. As a result, I am more confident in my technical skills and what I have learned from this program will be invaluable to my career going forward. The people were incredibly welcoming and accommodating and they willingly shared their own experiences in the industry. They really took me under their wing to explain to me how the process works and to include me in daily routine work. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to gain some practical experience on site in processing, you won’t regret it.
Frederick Bird – Geology, Mt Rawdon (QLD)
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Evolution Mining’s Mt Rawdon operation. This deposit hosts a complicated geology, which challenged me to improve my technical knowledge. Throughout my stay I was supported by a friendly and knowledgeable geology team who made my learning a priority and have given me transferrable skills. I would highly recommend this program to other students looking for practical geological know-how and experience working for a friendly and professional operation.
Chelsea Freeman – Exploration Geology, Sydney (NSW)
As a vacation student working for Evolution over the university summer break I was able to apply my skills and knowledge to a practical environment. Working in exploration from the Sydney office I discovered the technical side of exploration. Through the use of GIS spatial analysis software, I focused on data analysis and the application of the raw data collected within the field and how it is processed to discover new deposits. I also gained practical field experience, with Evolution providing me the opportunity to split my vacation program between Sydney and Queensland. By being out in the field I discovered how data is collected in prospective tenements and how it is processed and analysed before reaching the exploration team in the Sydney office.