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Survey students impress industry

We love to hear from companies about our South Regional TAFE students, especially when they make a great impression starting out in their industry.

Two of our surveying students have gone on to do just that securing jobs in the mining sector almost immediately after finishing their training.

Alby Palmer and Dylan Sellick, both 19 years old, are now employed by Land Surveys and are currently working at a Dacian Gold mine site, Mount Morgans near Laverton.

The former students, who completed all of their training at the Bunbury Campus with lecturers Bill Chernabaeff and Sara-Jayne Plunkett, have been the focus of a recent LinkedIn post from Land Surveys Mining Manager Daniel Ward who wrote:

“Our two new graduates have hit the ground running. At only 19 years old and working at their first mine site they have been working solo assisting the set up of a brand new open pit! The future is looking bright with the professionalism these two lads have shown.”

We spoke to Alby while on site at Mount Morgans Gold Mine.

“Initially I wanted to do more city-based work but when this opportunity came up I thought I’d give it a shot and I am enjoying working in the mining industry,” he said.

“I am already using all the knowledge and skills I gained through my TAFE training.”

Alby said his training had helped him pick things up easily.

“There are new things to learn about working on a mining site but I work with a senior surveyor who has taught me what I need to do on site and supports me if need be.”

Alby said although being in Laverton was hot work, he was making the most of the experience.

“My Dad and I have been prospecting for the last few years and I enjoy camping and being outdoors,” he said.

“One of the benefits of surveying is the mix of indoors and outdoors work and I am definitely experiencing that in this job.”

Alby said he would recommend studying surveying at TAFE to other young people as there are currently lots of opportunities to work in the city or in the regions. He also said it was great if you want to manage your own time while out in the field or on site.

Land Surveys Mining Services Coordinator Gemma Murphy said she was very happy with the calibre of TAFE students they were employing.

“Our new employees are often going out to fly-in, fly-out mine sites so we can’t be there with them but we support them by working closely with the mining companies.

“When we have positions available, we’ll talk to the TAFE contacts.

“In this case we talked to Bill at South Regional TAFE who passed on application and contact details to all the diploma students for their consideration.

“Alby and Dylan were the right people for the job. They were keen to do something that wasn’t easy and they have been very impressive.”

Gemma believes TAFE training provides a distinct advantage because the gear students are training with is modern and of industry standard.

“They are also learning the most up-to-date methodology and the TAFE courses are really hands on so they are getting the right work experience and making industry contacts.

“It is definitely an exciting industry for young people to get into with drones and UAVs revolutionising the way we do surveying. The laser technology and high-tech equipment appeals to young people.

“At the moment there is good money to be made in the industry for those who show initiative and enthusiasm with varied work in the mining and engineering sector.”

South Regional TAFE surveying lecturers Bill Chernabaeff and Sara-Jayne Plunkett congratulated Alby and Dylan on the fantastic feedback they were getting in their new roles.

Bill and Sara said they were pleased with the comments from industry representatives, demonstrating they are happy with the skills and technical understanding students develop during their surveying training.

“This shows our surveying students are performing well and meeting industry expectations,” Bill said.

Picture shows surveying student Alby Palmer on site. The picture was supplied by Land Surveys.

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Page last updated February 14, 2018