Kath has a love for heavy metal
GREAT JOB: Metallurgical technician Kath Stelling has worked in the mining industry for nine years. KATH Stelling has one of those jobs people struggle to pronounce, let alone understand.
The metallurgical technician has had her head in the game for nine years.
“It basically means I have to make sure all the ilmenite we produce is of the correct quality,” she said.
“I use things like a radioactive XOE machine and a magnetic separating mill up in my lab in the processing plant.
“I’m just so stoked for when we start commissioning. It’s going to be brilliant.
“I’ve already been doing practice tests and running my mill just for the hell of it, getting ready for the big day.”
Although the number of women in the mining industry has always been low, Mrs Stelling said that was not due to lack of opportunities.
“You might have to wear steel caps and be in the sun every day but your day is different every day,” she said.
“It might be hot, heavy work but it’s so rewarding. You get so many skills you couldn’t get anywhere else.
“If you’ve got the qualifications, you can do anything.”
Mrs Stelling said it was her dream to one day be a superintendent of a mine site.
“I’ve got the kind of boss here who wants to push you, who doesn’t want you to just float around doing the same thing every day,” she said.
During her time in the industry, Mrs Stelling has found the most competitive jobs are those in heavy machinery operation, but believes women have the advantage in these roles.
“Women are generally gentler on the machinery,” she said.
She said the job was competitive but really good for women.