Pinjarra: Students trade their text books for practical experience at Alcoa

Alcoa Vacation Students from the Mandurah and Waroona areas.
Alcoa Vacation Students from the Mandurah and Waroona areas.

TWENTY seven university students are beginning to understand life as full-time professionals as they trade their text books for practical experiences in their chosen disciplines at Alcoa of Australia.

The 12-week vacation program offers an immersive environment where students can develop their skills and expertise in the field while taking on unique challenges.

Vacation students at Alcoa’s alumina operations were excited by the opportunities they were given to add their unique value to the company while gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience.

“The vacation student program has provided insight to the mining industry with plenty of opportunity for hands-on experience,’’ Lake Clifton mechanical engineering students Rhys Davies said.

“The high level of professionalism in which the team at Alcoa operates is exciting and I have been taught to work by their protocols and standards.”

Mandurah engineering student Matthew Smith said being a vacation student at Alcoa had encouraged his skill development through the supportive working environment and the wealth of knowledge demonstrated by his team.

“I can tell this is going to be an amazing experience for me and will create opportunities for my future career,’’ he said.

Alcoa’s Vacation Student Program is aimed at attracting and developing high performing candidates and features opportunities to learn about business operations, professionalism and skill development, while in a supportive and exciting work environment.

The program is open to second and third year university students from a variety of disciplines including engineering, information technology, human resources, communications, health and safety, finance, chemistry, geology, physical metallurgy and environment.