SA Mines and Energy Journal : Dec09-Jan10
DECEMBER 2009/JANUARY 2010 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 42 EDUCATION The State Government campaign There's More To It Than You Think! is introducing students to the resources sector in novel and interesting ways. Talented career ambassadors from resource companies have been participating in seminars, media activities, online multimedia presentations, and a video broadcast to 50 regional schools. These activities give students the opportunity to hear first-hand from people within the industry who have recently made the transition from university to the workforce. Using the ambassadors' inspirational stories, the campaign aims to help students realise that by following their interests, they can end up in a rewarding career, being paid to do what they love. A highlight of the campaign so far has been the Ultimate Workplace Visit competition. Two SA resource companies offered students an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the industries and the careers they offer. Monax Mining Emma Gaskin was the guest of Monax Mining for a day and was treated to the same helicopter views that Monax exploration geologist Greg Swain is used to seeing regularly. They flew over the Adelaide Hills, the Kanmantoo mine and the Angas mine at Strathalbyn. As they passed the cliffs along the coastline, Greg explained to Emma the geology of the area and how it can be surveyed from the air. At the Monax premises in Adelaide, she was able to see core samples and inspect the telltale signs geologists look for. Greg also explained the value of gravity and magnetic surveys in identifying prospective sites. Monax Mining has several projects in the Gawler Craton where it is testing for manganese, iron ore, zinc, lead, gold and other resources. The company recently completed a detailed infill gravity survey on its Punt Hill project, which identified more high-priority targets. Emma's curiosity about geology was given a new dimension when she could see the practical application of in-depth knowledge about the formation of the Earth's features. Terramin Not many Year 10 students can boast of having been underground at a working zinc mine. Eastern Fleurieu School student Alex Warin was delighted when he discovered his love of science and maths had won him this rare opportunity. But it wasn't until he was 120 metres below ground, knee- deep in water and looking at the flashing lights of a larger- than-life drill rig, that he gained a real sense of being in an underground mine. Mining engineer Andrew Harris and geologist Tom Denver guided the party through an area where careful preparations were being made for the next blast. Explosive beads were scattered on the floor, and by the light of the drill rig Alex could see the pattern of drill holes being crammed with explosives. Emerging from underground with squinting Flying visit with mine hosts Ambassadors for the SA resources industry have treated school students to the ultimate work experience.