SA Mines and Energy Journal : Dec09-Jan10
DECEMBER 2009/JANUARY 2010 SA MINES & ENERGY JOURNAL 46 EDUCATION Students embarking on a chemical engineering degree at the University of Adelaide from 2010 will have the opportunity to undertake a new specialisation stream, carefully tailored to supply work-ready graduates for Australia's growing mineral resource industries. The specialisation stream in minerals processing -- the science and technology of adding value to raw mined products through the extraction of valuable minerals -- intends to equip graduates to meet current and future processing needs. "By producing graduates with industry-ready qualifications in minerals processing, we fill an important strategic need for the university, the state and the nation, " said Professor Peter Dowd, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. "The University of Adelaide's Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources aims to establish the state as a world leader in the provision of research and education for the minerals and energy resource sectors, and the development of this specialisation stream, with the support and ongoing consultation of BHP Billiton engineers, only strengthens this effort. " BHP-Billiton, which employs about 30 chemical engineers and metallurgists at its operations in South Australia, welcomes graduates from the university with a background in minerals processing and metallurgy. "The program will ensure the graduates have a grounding in our industry and are job- ready for work in the minerals industry, " said Jacqui McGill, Manager of Olympic Dam Technology, BHP Billiton. The Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical -- Minerals Processing) will complement existing resource-related degrees in mining and petroleum engineering offered by the University of Adelaide, as well as a range of relevant postgraduate qualifications and short courses, well-suited to resource industry professionals looking to enhance their skills. The first graduates are expected to complete their degree by the end of 2013. Prospective students wishing to apply for a place in the Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical -- Minerals Processing) course can apply for a place via the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre website (www.satac.edu.au). For further information about this or other educational opportunities for candidates seeking to embark on or enhance their careers in the minerals and energy resource sectors, contact: Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, ph 8303 6476, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.adelaide.edu.au/ programs. Ready for work A new degree at the University of Adelaide offers a head start to students seeking a career in the minerals sector.