Aussie grads to hit US

A group of mining’s future stars are about to jet off on a trip of a life time.

With an itinerary that would make even the most basic mining enthusiast drool, this group of 13 mining engineering students from the University of New South Wales have seven mine site visits scheduled over two weeks.

Not only are the students visiting Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Utah Copper’s Bingham Canyon mine, Arch Coal’s West Elk mine in Colorado, and the Henderson Molybdenum mine.

But Peabody is also welcoming the students onto a number of its sites including its Power River Basin, Caballo mine, Rawhide mine, and North Antelope mine.

UNSW mining engineering student Morgan Holmes took some time out to chat to Australian Mining before he embarks on the whirlwind trip.

He passionately explained the trip is more than just a jaunt around the States, saying it will benefit the groups’ studies from a technical engineering perspective, putting what they’ve learnt in the classroom to action.

“Throughout the trip we will be visiting various coal, copper/gold and molybdenum operations of which have their own economic, environmental, social, metallurgical, legal and Governmental challenges,” he said.

 “As a future engineer, it is imperative to understand these challenges and come up with the best possible solutions to optimise the outcome for all stakeholders.”

Taking the classroom on the road, UNSW is attempting to develop well-rounded, intelligent, and worldly students, and it looks like the initiative is working.

“We will also be visiting seismic monitoring facilities which will give us practical application to rock and geotechnical principles studied at university,” Holmes said.

Exposing these green engineers to mine planning, management, and both underground and surface operations is sure to make these students cream of the crop when graduate placements open.

Complementing campus studies and exposing the industries’ up and coming engineers to overseas operations will in the long run only assist Australian operations.

Holmes said he expects the trip to “lead to a more complete view of mining and its solutions”.

These students if anything are optimistic, and here’s hoping they breathe some fresh air into the sector.

“Mining offers a vast range of career paths so I plan to keep my options relatively open. Regardless, I'm not all that concerned about my future as mining has a strong future with plenty of possibilities,” Holmes said.

The students will also be blogging the site visits for Australian Mining so we can keep up-to-date with their adventures.


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