Surrounded by some of the world’s biggest coal mines, local Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) students have this week (today 25th June) gained valuable insight into the requirements of a career in resources.

The students from Moranbah and Dysart state high schools now have inside knowledge of the mining process from exploration to rehabilitation after attending a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workshop today.

Mentored by industry experts from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) they learnt everything from how coal is found, to the most efficient way to extract it.

“STEM skills are critical for the next generation to develop a career in our industry,” says BMA Asset President James Palmer.

“Through the QMEA we are actively encouraging students to develop those skills, so they place themselves in the best position for a future in resources,” he said.

The participants also ventured into metalliferous mining, comparing two methods of extracting copper from ore and analysing which one produces the greatest yield.

Mr Palmer says embracing opportunities through the QMEA may also pave the way for central Queenslanders to find work in the sector close to home.

“It’s important for students to know that there are some great careers available to them without having to live and work in the big smoke,” he said.

Moranbah State High School hosted the event for 30 students, including 10 from Dysart State High School.

“Students also saw another aspect of mining when they took part in the copper extraction exercise,” said Moranbah State High School Principal Felicity Roberts.

“It’s great for them to see the range of STEM used in the industry, and hearing from professionals already working in the sector brought their normal classroom work to life,” she said.

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