Re­pair shop visit gives in­dus­try in­sights

Pilbara News - - News - Sy­narah Mur­phy

Five Roe­bourne District High School stu­dents trav­elled to the BHP Ore Car Re­pair Shop at Mooka Rail re­cently to ex­plore dif­fer­ent ca­reer path­ways avail­able in the in­dus­try.

Teams from dif­fer­ent BHP de­part­ments shared work ex­pe­ri­ence and ca­reer path­ways ad­vice with stu­dents.

Roe­bourne District High School teacher Jil­lian Bossinga said it was of­ten hard for stu­dents to make the right de­ci­sion af­ter they left school and said op­por­tu­ni­ties like these were a good idea.

“It was a re­ward­ing day to see the dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries in ac­tion,” she said.

“The stu­dents got to see all the dif­fer­ent jobs in min­ing such as the Mooka med­i­cal fa­cil­ity and the kids had a great time learn­ing about the fire equip­ment.”

The stu­dents and teach­ers par­tic­u­larly en­joyed learn­ing more about au­to­mated guided ve­hi­cles and how they op­er­ated in the work­shop.

“The stu­dents got to see the ore cars dis­man­tled in three main com­po­nents, and it was all con­trolled in a very struc­tured man­ner,” Ms Bossinga said.

“I wanted the stu­dents to see that the min­ing in­dus­try isn’t just about trucks and iron ore.”

BHP health, safety and environment su­per­in­ten­dent Shaun McGrath said he was pleased with the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts be­tween the BHP teams and Roe­bourne District High School.

“All in all this was a great op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents as well as the site HSE and line teams to learn some­thing from each other,“he said.

Pic­tures: Sy­narah Mur­phy

Shaun McGrath, Alix Walker, Vera Dwyer, Deanne Alec, Nae­sha Stevens, Kylie Rivers and Layla Walker.

Roe­bourne District High School stu­dents and the BHP team.

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