Apprentice Mechanical Fitter (Former Employee) – Naval Base WA – 21 May 2017
The work ranged from 8 hour 9 day fortnight in my first three years to 12 hour day/night shift 2/2/6 roster as fourth year. I was given a chance to visit other sites to learn other skills outside the norm for my site, eg, 6 months in Pinjarra to work in repair workshop exclusively, including time on lathes, borers, and mills when required. Great pay, good mates, high safety culture, and wide range of skills learned, from hand tools and machining to in situ repair and laser alignment.
Level 7 Process Controller (Former Employee) – Geelong VIC – 15 February 2017
As a process controller my duties included interacting with management, organising the work crews duties, and organising repairs to equipment in the case of breakdowns. I learned a lot about how to get the best out of people, mainly through being respectful and giving praise when it was due. Dealing with management on a daily basis I learnt a lot about meeting company requirements and targets. The hardest part of the job was coping with the extreme heat.
Trade area gave opportunity to build up skills in the instrument and electrical fields
Project Officer (Former Employee) – Perth WA – 22 December 2016
I started as a single trade instrument tech. When the electrical and instrument trades combined the company gave the opportunity to train in a apprenticeship in the electrical trade. This opened an opportunity to be trained and train electricians in instrumentation.
Maintenance Supervisor/Group Leader (Former Employee) – Pinjarra WA – 9 December 2016
Work place is busy and interesting Learned about mineral processing management local managers are really hard to relate to Most co workers are excellent hardest part of the job was constant changing of my position unable to settle into a position as I kept being moved to assist other that where not capable of completing their tasks, putting up with local managers attitudes.
Smelter Shift Electrician (Former Employee) – Pt Henry Geelong – 7 December 2016
Challenging work environment, heat, dust and many vehicles. Highly automated plant provided stimulating fault finding work. Improved my leadership and technical skills, most enjoyable was the relationship with coworkers
I started as an offside to the caster for about two years before being a caster. It is a hands on approach to learning to be a caster that makes it safe to operate. Working as a team is very important because we are working with molten metal at 700 degrees. At the end of the day walking out of work place and going home to my family safely.
They paid well and cared about their employees. Safety was always number one and they have a great work ethic. It is a shame they closed down their rolling operations in Australia chasing cheaper overheads in China.
Worked 12hr rotating shifts (day to night) in the casting plant. Loved my job and my crew
Senior Operator, OH&S crew rep, PEO member (Former Employee) – Pt Henry, Geelong – 16 November 2015
Worked directly with molten aliminium across the whole process of the Ingot Mill as a senior operator. Every day was different due to production demands and skill sets. I was the only female operator on a crew of approx 20 and my crew are like my family and we still catch up regularly. The hardest part of my job was dealing with the extreme heat that radiated from the molten aluminium. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Alcoa and loved working in a team environment, loved shift work and enjoyed working closely with my crew and management to safely meet production targets.
Great place to work with good benefits and pay. job scope was wide spread and constantly changing. Able to move up in the system if desired and easy to work with fellow workmates. Extremely safe environment and fun place to work testing your abilities and work ethic at times
Shift Operations Supervisor (Current Employee) – Ras Al Khair Eastern Provence Saudi Arabia – 11 August 2015
Alcoa is a great company to work for, I have been given opportunities that most people would never have in a lifetime.
My normal day consists of taking the Shift Operations Production Handover from Young up and coming Saudi Arabian, Indian and Jamaican Supervisors. Conducting the Shift Toolbox meeting and allocating tasks for the day. Discussing Safety topics, High Risk Tasks and previous shift EHS issues. The allocation and distribution of contract labor, Issuing Permits To Work, Hot Work Permits, Confined Space Entry Permits. Liaising with Managers, Superintendents, Engineers and Control Room Technicians to ensure the Production targets are met through safe and legal means. Training operators and Supervisors in general operations duties and Lock Out Tag Out procedures.
I am continually learning every day in this massive Aluminium Project the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia.
The management group are incredibly dynamic and supportive on daily basis.
My co workers are from 26 different countries making the experience all the more challenging and exciting and have made some life long friendships.
Saudi Arabia has an incredibly hot summer the Arabs call it The Ninety Days Of H... , the heat is the hardest part of the job.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the different nationalities of the people I work with and also seeing a Refinery been built from the ground up to a fully operational Alumina Refinery.
Operator in pre heats (Former Employee) – Pt Henry, Geelong Vic – 21 July 2015
Spent all most 17 years at this company , enjoyed my time there and made some great friends. My first day began in April 1998 on the hotline, as my skills progressed I was trained in other areas of the plant, of which I thougherly enjoyed.
Laboratory Analyst (Current Employee) – Pinjarra, WA – 17 June 2015
Alcoa is a very family orientated place of employment. Alcoa is recognised as a leader in environment, health and safety within the mining industry and known to deliver best value and highest quality bauxite. Alcoa value and focus on teamwork, transparency and respect in all of their workforce. Learning the Bayer Liquor process of mining has been of great value to my career.
A typical day at work could be well structured as per plan or schedule or may require dynamic planning on investigations or safety alert follow ups. My learning's in this role have been many, from confined space entry to detailed management system auditing, detailed investigations to failure modes and effects analysis, setting departmental EHS year plans to behavioural safety coaching in the moment or training in a class room situation right through to learning's on environmental monitoring to licensing agreements. With a dedicated management hierarchy, challenges where met with well detailed planning, implementation and review. With a great team environment with all striving for a dedicated outcome for the site, working with my peers was nearly always a pleasure. The hardest part of the job was being on call 24/7. With a work crew on site 363 days a year on a 24hr basis, 2am wake up calls could be disruptive for a young family, but saying this, I found this is a better situation than walking into the day blind. The most enjoyable part of the job was satisfaction in seeing plans implemented and achieving expectations, this was done through detailed target setting as per the directed site plan.