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Alcoa recruiting university students for paid summer vacation placements

Alcoa has begun recruiting for its paid summer job program, in which university students will gain experience on-site at some of the miner’s offices across WA.

Thirty-seven full-time paid summer vacation jobs are up for grabs for ambitious students completing a relevant industry degree.

The 12-week placements will give students industry experience across the entire company, with roles available in disciplines including chemical, mechanical, electrical, process control, civil, geotechnical and mining engineering; chemistry; environmental science; health and safety; occupational hygiene; ergonomics; finance; business development; and software development.

Placement locations include Alcoa’s Huntly and Willowdale bauxite mines, the Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries, and offices in Pinjarra and Booragoon.

Sushmita Tantry undertook a placement at the Kwinana refinery in the 2019-20 summer while studying for her double major in chemical engineering and finance and said the placement helped her gain both technical and interpersonal skills in the workplace.

“I was exposed to so many aspects of the alumina refining process while working alongside really good and highly experienced people,” Ms Tantry said.

“My supervisors and everyone in the technical department were so helpful and accommodating. They went out of their way to teach me, which made the experience so meaningful.”

Ms Tantry, who now works for Alcoa, said students shouldn’t hestitate to apply for the experience.

“I knew this was the company I wanted to work for after doing the vacation program and after being exposed to Alcoa through their Women in Engineering Scholarship, which I received in my first year of university,” she said.

“Today, I am permanently employed through Alcoa’s Graduate Program and I can’t speak highly enough about the company’s commitment to continual learning, innovation and sustainability. Do not hesitate to apply for the vacation program, it is the best thing I did.”

Applications for the Vacation Student Program for the November 2022 to February 2023 summer holidays are open until June 6 . For more information and to apply, visit www.alcoa.com/australia/vacstudents.

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