The UNSW Co-op scholarship was an incredible opportunity for me and the design of the mining engineering program is fantastic. This scholarship set me up to complete two 5-month long internships with a mining company which meant I didn’t have to organise vac work later in my degree. Additionally, it came with a co-op scholarship community, professional development opportunities and mentoring.
Finally, I received the Australian Institute of Minerals and Metallurgy (AusIMM) Education Endowment Fund (EEF) scholarship at the end of my first year. This scholarship gave me fantastic opportunities to participate in AusIMM (the mining industry peak body) including attending board meetings and the AusIMM congress as well as attending and planning conferences. This gave me a broad range of networking opportunities and was incredibly valuable.
What are your most memorable experiences from UNSW?
One of my most memorable experiences from the mining engineering program is the AusIMM New Leaders Conference and Mining Games where universities from across Australia send team of students to compete in events of old-school mining techniques including building and dismantling a rail track, shovelling dirt into a railway cart, sawing a block of a plank of wood, and chiselling a hole into a block of cement. The games commemorate all those who have lost their lives in the resources industry. The events sound silly but are so much fun and are a fantastic bonding opportunity with peers in your cohort and across the industry.
My other super memorable experience comes from attending Unigames as a member of the rowing team. I started rowing for the first time in fourth year uni and the UNSW Rowing Club has such a wonderful vibe of fun and comradery.
You are currently working at BHP as a graduate mining engineer. Can you tell us about your experience in this role?
In my role as a graduate mining engineer, I have been given a range of formal and informal professional development opportunities. I think this is something the mining industry does very well, they really value the next generation of engineers and are willing to invest in you. I’m currently working as a dozerpush and dragline engineer which has been amazing – draglines are some of the biggest machines in the world weighing over 8,000 tonnes with a boom arm over 100m long!