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QMEA Make-It-Now-Engineering challenge

9/10/2014

​The 2014 QMEA BMA Make-It-Now-Engineering (MINE) challenge was an extremely successful week of many fun and work experience related activities such as simulators for trucks, drones and blasting. Personally, I feel that I have gained a wealth of knowledge about my future aspirations. Before my involvement in this challenge, my aim was to study electrical engineering at University. I am now happy to say that these ambitions have been confirmed, due to the experience and information I gained during the challenge.

My group was stationed at Saraji mine, and we had the opportunity to work on a project, about starting a new boxcut (a type of mining method, usually at the start of a new pit). This involved making specific calculations and drawing conclusions. Also working on this project was the group at Goonyella mine, and both teams presented their findings separately to BMA judges, who then declared a winner. We were not alone in this challenge, however. We were assisted by some university graduates at BMA who are currently working on their graduate program. They were extremely helpful towards our project and supportive towards our future ambitions as well. In addition to this, we were also treated to presentations from various other employees at the mine who elaborated on their professions, such as environmental engineering, surveying, mechanical engineering, and many others.
 

Overall, despite the fact that it was a competition (and Saraji claimed victory), the real aim of the camp was to give us, Senior High school students, the opportunity to gain relevant information into our future occupations – specifically in the resources and energy industry, in a real-life experience. In my opinion, this aim was achieved, as I believe every student gained something from the challenge, and this will undoubtedly influence decisions when considering future career options.

 

Ryan Kyriazis