Alcoa welcomes 9 new graduates as part of program for young workers


Second year chemical engineering graduate Brendan Farrell (left) joined Mason Carr and Mara O’Grady for a tour of Alcoa’s Huntley mine.
Second year chemical engineering graduate Brendan Farrell (left) joined Mason Carr and Mara O’Grady for a tour of Alcoa’s Huntley mine.

ALCOA of Australia has welcomed nine new graduates who will spend the next three years refining their career and leadership skills.

The three-year graduate program will give them a broad base of skills tailored to their individual development in either a corporate, mining or alumina refinery environment.

Alcoa’s long standing graduate program supports the development of local young people into the leaders of tomorrow.

This year, positions were award in chemical, mine and mechanical engineering, bauxite strategy and health and safety strategy.

Mandurah residents and former Frederick Irwin Anglican School students Mason Carr and Mary O’Grady have accepted positions in chemical engineering at Wagerup and Pinjarra.

For Mara, Alcoa has always been part of her life with her father working for the company in the 1990s.

Living locally and seeing Alcoa’s involvement in many community events made the opportunity even more appealing.

“I had an insight into Alcoa through my community,’’ she said.

“Dad’s job and Alcoa also presented an economics unit at my university.

“I wanted to work for a company that was not only going to give me excellent learning and experience but that also has a strong commitment to the community.’’

This year, four of the nine placements were awarded to women.

Alcoa will start a recruitment drive for its 2019 graduate program in the second half of March, with applications closing in early April.

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