Kath has a love for heavy metal

Central and North Burnett Times - - WOMEN IN MINING -

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.

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