On Wednesday 5 December, 20 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) student ambassadors—made up of a mixed group of Year 11, university and TAFE students from all over Queensland—set out to stay at the University of Queensland for a three-day camp.
This camp was designed for us to experience the many different types of jobs open to engineering graduates. On the first day, we had a tour around UQ, along with a professional networking session where we created LinkedIn profiles for ourselves. The second day was a tour of different facilities around Brisbane, including Hastings Deering at Acacia Ridge, SIMTARS at Redbank, and CSIRO QCAT. The tours gave us insight about different types of engineering, including mechanical, chemical, electronic, and mechatronics, and the different pathways available to graduates. The day ended with a scavenger hunt around Southbank, which, being a Brisbane local, gave me the advantage.
The third day of the camp began with the annual QMEA breakfast. This gave us the opportunity to talk to professionals in the minerals and energy sector, including Mr Ian Macfarlane (Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council), Ms Katrina-Lee Jones (Director of Skills, Education and Diversity at the Queensland Resources Council), and the Honourable Grace Grace (Minister for Education and Industrial Relations). After this wonderful opportunity to network, we toured BHP and got firsthand experience of the remote operations centre controlling all BHP coal mines in Queensland and New South Wales, called IROC (Integrated Remote Operations Centre).
The experience overall was informative and worthwhile, with new friendships being formed which will last well beyond our year as QMEA Ambassadors. I strongly recommend this program to anyone with an interest in engineering, environmental studies or the many avenues available through the Minerals and Resources Sector due to the networking and opportunities the ambassadorship presents.
CHAC is a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy. More opportunities will be advertised throughout the year. If you have any questions, please contact Ms Middleton or me.
Oliver Cox, Year 12
QMEA Ambassador 2019