SA Mines and Energy Journal : April-May 2011
Training for Field Assistants and Geotechnicians The Geoscience Department at the O'Halloran Hill Campus of TAFESA provides practical courses designed for people wishing to gain employment in the mining and petroleum industries, with a particular focus on exploration. This training has provided well prepared field personnel to industry for more than twenty five years. Students currently study to either Certificate III or Diploma level. Safe work practices, personal responsibility and the importance of data integrity are emphasised throughout both courses. The Certificate III in Mining Exploration, a six month course tailored to meet the needs of the Australian exploration industry, produces graduates possessing a wide range of field skills. Topics studied include OHSW and Senior First Aid, environmental obligations, the use of maps, GPS and radio equipment, equipment maintenance and field computer use, an introduction to field geology and a variety of prospecting and drill sampling techniques. The course concludes with a field camp where students demonstrate competence in gridding, geochemical sampling and geophysical surveys. Graduates of this course have found employment as field assistants in a wide variety of roles. Successful students can elect to progress to the Diploma of Geoscience, where a further 18 months of theoretical and practical study aims to produce graduates able to work unsupervised at a paraprofessional level. Diploma students gain a broader geological knowledge, including introductions to soils and engineering geology, hydrogeology, and petroleum exploration techniques. Subjects in data processing, statistics, GIS and hardware maintenance equip students for roles relating to data preparation and presentation. Two one-week remote area field camps are conducted during this course, one of which involves students collecting geochemical and geophysical data for an exploration company and presenting this data as a final report. Diploma of Geoscience graduates have gained employment in roles such as mudloggers, wireline operators and technical assistants in both field and office environments. Some graduates have also continued their geological studies at university level. The combination of theory and extensive 'hands on' training has enabled past graduates to apply their skills and knowledge in a broad range of employment opportunities throughout Australia and overseas. Some course subjects are now available by flexible delivery, and recognition of prior learning is available for students with relevant work experience or academic background. The TAFESA Geoscience Department strongly values liaison with mineral and petroleum explorers and will endeavour to respond to industry needs. Students are available for work placement or employment throughout the year, and short courses can be customised to meet the specific requirements of individual companies. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Geoscience Department at TAFESA on (08) 8177 3559. • Certificate III in Mining Exploration (6 months full time) • Diploma of Geoscience (2 years full time) Topics include: • OHSW • Senior First Aid • Map Reading/GPS/Remote Area Navigation • Geochemical/Drill Sampling • Field Geophysics • Grid Layout • Practical Field Geology • Geoscience Computing/Data Processing • Mining Techniques • Wireline Logging Fundamentals • Petroleum Exploration Techniques • Environmental Rehabilitation/Management • Planning/Undertaking Field Surveys • Remote Area Operations Some topics available by flexible delivery. Customised short courses arranged on request. Students and graduates available for work experience and short term or extended employment. For further information, please contact: Geoscience Department TAFESA O'Halloran Hill Campus Majors Road O'Halloran Hill SA 5158 Phone: (08) 8177 3559 Fax: (08) 8177 3467 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org GEOSCIENCE COURSES Training field assistants and geotechnicians for mineral and petroleum exploration.