- Download Best Practice (version 1) – a Best Practice overview for new graduates who are starting out on their career path. This document covers the following topics:
TIME LINE FOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
FORMAL COURSES TO SUPPORT CAREER CHOICES AND DEVELOPMENTV CULTURE ADAPTION
MENTORINGV CONFIDENCE BUILDERS
CAREER / DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS EVALUATION
INTER AND INTRA COMPANY PLACEMENTSV PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND SYMPOSIUMS
PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION – ECSA
ESTABLISHING AND UTILIZATION OF TALENTS
- Download Best Practice (version 2) – a Best Practice overview canvassing the topics list in version one with further elaboration in terms of regulatory requirements and definitions of ECSA’s Engineering Qualifications and the HEQF and the Identification of Engineering Work for Persons registered in a category contemplated in section in section 18(1) of the Engineering Professions Act 2000 (Act 46 of 2000)
The goal of the Career Guidance and Education Committee is the promotion of the mining industry through the dissemination of information to attract quality candidates for engineering careers. Furthermore, in light of the current acute engineering shortage, focus is placed on the retention and further development of good engineering talent in the industry.
The Career Guidance and Education Committee has developed an interactive CD to transfer mining industry information to scholars. A CD is included containing the program. The program transfers general information about different mining industry disciplines, career paths, and tertiary institutions which present these courses. In addition, information about financing studies is provided to scholars. A list of companies affiliated with the SAIMM is also provided.
The program and interactive CD can serve as a platform to transfer additional information about companies. This could include videos, brochures and documents amongst others.
The objective of this initiative is to distribute the CD to grade 10 to 12 Science and Career Guidance teachers. In addition, the program will be available on the SAIMM Career Guidance web page.
The section titled "The Industry" gives some background information about the mining industry in South Africa. In the "Plant Layout" section, the interactions of the different career opportunities are discussed. It contains interactive links to photographs of interest. The "Careers" section provides information about different career paths once you have obtained your qualification. Information about different study routes is supplied in the "Educational" section. This includes a list of the different tertiary institutions that provide courses in a minerals related field. Studying at a tertiary institution is expensive and you should make provision for this. The "Financing" section provides some information of different types of funding available to finance your studies. In the last sections the different fields of study in the minerals industry is discussed. This includes Geology, Mining, Surveying, Rock Engineering, SHE, Metallurgy and Chemical Engineering.
The industry also provides opportunities for professionals to set up consultancy businesses that provide companies with their expertise. Other opportunities include agencies for equipment manufactures.
Planning your career is much like planning a journey with several stopping-off points along the way. You need to decide on your destination (career choice), what to pack in your suitcase (skills, qualifications, etc) and what route to take. Your career route is unlikely to be a straight line between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. Unexpected things do happen so you may have to change your plans before reaching your job destination. There is also the possibility that if you have not done enough initial planning, when you reach your destination, it may not be what you expected it to be. So, START THINKING AHEAD IN GRADE 11 (eleven).
A number of options are available for the payment of your studies at a tertiary institution. These include the following
(i) Own funds
(i) Own funds
You or your parents should make provision for your studies.
A number of role players provide bursaries to prospective students. These include companies, tertiary institutions, and government. Make sure that you apply early as the closing date in most cases is in the middle of the year. See their websites for more information.
When gold was first discovered on the Witwatersrand in 1886, few people, even in their wildest dreams, believed that reserves could last over a hundred years and become the mainstay of South Africa’s mineral industry. It has been the anchor of these value-adding activities which also produce coal, steel, platinum, chromium, ferrochrome, manganese, vanadium, titanium, diamonds and other minerals. The minerals industry continues to dominate South Africa’s foreign exchange earnings.
Mine surveyors are responsible for maintaining an accurate plan of the mine as a whole and will update maps of the surface layout to account for new buildings and other structures, as well as surveying the underground mine workings in order to keep a record of the mining operation.
The Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) professional is therefore one of the key contributors to the welfare of the mining industry.