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Exploration and Geoscience

Field/Geology Technician

Do you have high attention to detail and a passion for geology? You might be down the road from a career as a Field/Geology Technician.

Field/Geology Technician, also known as Geology or Field Service Workers, collect and test earth and water samples, record observations and analyse data to support Geologists or Geophysicists.

In mining, Field/Geology Technicians work with Geologists in Exploration Teams to assess the local geology and establish the viability of gold deposits in the area.

Activities

Field/Geology Technician prepare materials for experimentation, collect information and samples, conduct field and laboratory experiments, tests and analyses.

Exploration Geology Assistants or Field Assistants are required for all exploration projects. It can be near mine exploration where you will stay in the mine camp and work near the mine geology department, or it can be on remote exploration projects.

Work Environment

Geology or Field Service Workers predominantly work outdoors being exposed to the elements and working physically, supporting Scientists, Geologists or Engineers by obtaining geophysical data and preparing samples for testing.

Knowledge

It is important for Geology or Field Technicians to have a strong understanding of geology, and sound understanding in chemistry, mathematics and geography.

Skills

Skills include active listening, data collection and analysis, reading comprehension, critical thinking, project management, and interpersonal communication.

Specialisations

  • Geological Technicians (Pit or Underground) – Provide support to Scientists, Engineers and Geologists by collecting and analysing information from rock, soil and water samples. Geological Technicians may also be called Geo technicians or Geoscience Technicians.
  • Field Services Technicians – Handle on-site servicing, diagnostics and repairs for electrical products or equipment. This can range from computers, heating and cooling systems, security systems, heavy machinery and more. Field Technicians may work on-site or at plants.
  • Core Yard Technicians – Responsible for maintaining the yard in good order, supervising the loading and unloading of trucks and the storage of equipment.
  • Environmental Technicians – Work under the direction of an Environmental Scientist. They monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution by performing laboratory and field tests.

Prerequisites

To secure work as a Geology or Field Services Technician, some companies require experience or a formal qualification in either Environmental Technology, Laboratory Technology or other related fields such as agriculture, landscaping or labouring while others provide entry-level training.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a common study pathway and while university education is highly regarded, it may not be mandatory.

Field and Geology Service Workers

Geologists

Are you a great researcher with an analytical mind and a love for geology? You might rock at a career as a Geologist.

Geologists study the composition, structure and other physical attributes of the earth to increase scientific knowledge and develop practical applications in fields such as mineral exploration, environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.

“My role involves collating, integrating, interrogating and 3D modelling of various datasets such as geochemical, spectral, geophysical and lithological data. Basically, I look for trends and patterns within the datasets with the ultimate aim of identifying new gold targets,” said Ramelius Resources Research Geologist and Geochemist Dr Jackie Rotherham.

Activities

Geologists work includes conducting surveys of mineral deposits, preparing and supervising the production of laboratory reports and conducting studies of the structure, nature and formation of the earth’s crust.

They regularly research, collect, organise, analyse and investigate data, help teams understand and use information and keep up to date with technology.

Work Environment

Geologists predominantly work outdoors conducting research and work indoors in an office or laboratory using equipment to test analyses. They support and liaise with other teams face-to-face, over email or on the phone.

Knowledge

It is important for Geologists to have a comprehensive understanding of geography, mathematics, chemistry and physics.

Skills

Skills required include active listening, interpersonal communication, reading comprehension, research and analysis and using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Specialisations

  • Exploration Geologists are responsible for identifying and assessing the location, quantity and quality of mineral deposits.
  • Mine Geologists advise on the geological aspects of development and production processes in mines, quarries and pits.
  • Geophysicists study the physical structure and behaviour of the earth, in an effort to understand the earth’s origins and better understand its behaviour.

Prerequisites

To secure work as a Geologist, you need a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, majoring in Geology, or a related field to work as a Geologist. It is common to complete postgraduate studies, these are not compulsory, however, they would be highly regarded.

Geologist

Geotechnical Engineer

Are you a strategic thinker with a passion for STEM who works well in a team? You might be formed for a career as a Geotechnical Engineer.

Geotechnical Engineers study the impact that geological formations may have on construction projects. They plan, direct and conduct survey work to analyse the likely behaviour of soil and rock when placed under pressure by proposed structures and design above and below ground foundations.

Activities

Geotechnical Engineers plan and prioritise projects, collect, organise, analyse and investigate data and provide guidance and expert advice to management or other teams.

They obtain soil and rock samples at different depths across sites and test the samples to determine strength, compressibility and other factors that affect the behaviour of soil and rock when a structure is imposed and determines the safe load for the soil.

Work Environment

Geotechnical Engineers predominantly work indoors in offices or laboratories. During fieldwork they travel and may work at surveying sites and on building sites, or sites that have not yet been developed or cleared but have been earmarked for construction. They may be expected to work in most weather conditions.

Knowledge

It is important for Geotechnical Engineers to have a strong understanding in engineering, technology, technical design, mathematics, physics and health and safety.

Skills

Skills required include reading work related information, mathematics, project management, complex problem solving and decision making.

Prerequisites

To secure work as a Geotechnical Engineer you need a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering majoring in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering. It is also common to complete postgraduate studies.

Geotechnical Engineer

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