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Alcoa Automation Engineer Vacation Student – 2021/2022

Alcoa - Kwinana Beach, WA

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Alcoa (NYSE: AA) is a global industry leader in bauxite, alumina and aluminum products, with a strong portfolio of value-added cast and rolled products and substantial energy assets. Alcoa is built on a foundation of strong values and operating excellence dating back nearly 130 years to the world-changing discovery that made aluminum an affordable and vital part of modern life. Since inventing the aluminum industry, and throughout our history, our talented Alcoans have followed on with breakthrough innovations and best practices that have led to efficiency, safety, sustainability and stronger communities wherever we operate.

About The Opportunity

Our flagship product aluminium, one of the world’s most versatile metals is strong, durable and a 100% recyclable; it drives our people, supports our communities, and fulfills our purpose.

We’re always innovating to find new ways to contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive world - from protecting our environment, to creating a safer workplace, making our equipment more reliable, to improving our processes and embracing technology wherever we can.

At Alcoa, we support our people and empower them to bring their ideas to life as together, we make change happen.

Our Vacation Student program provides university students with the opportunity to explore their degree within our industry and gain exposure to a future career at Alcoa. During your summer 12-week paid placement, you will grow professionally, expand technically, and become part of our community where you will be inspired and challenged daily.

Throughout the program, you will be paired with a senior specialist that will provide you with the hands-on training, mentoring, and coaching to support you in becoming a creative problem solver, helping you towards completing the meaningful projects that you’ll be assigned. The best part is that you’ll get to experience working in an on-site environment whilst working locally at either of our refineries, enjoying a lifestyle where you can be home each and every night!

As part of this Vacation Student placement you may have the opportunity to:

  • Work on small refinery-based projects in the automation or robotics fields targeting current work practices / operations with a focus on improving safety, ergonomics and productivity.
  • Be exposed to current automation and robotics projects that are in progress posing various technical problems and work as part of a team to identify solutions to support these projects.
  • Review and audit current work practices and recording / scoping up the opportunities to serve towards future automation or robotics initiatives.
About You

We are interested in hearing from curious university students who are:
  • Currently completing their tertiary degree in Robotics & Automation, Mechatronics, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Instrumentation, Control & Industrial Computer Systems, or related field with a minimum of two years into their studies. Students in their penultimate year will be highly regarded.
  • Self-motivated and passionate for their chosen discipline, eager to learn and expand their knowledge.
  • Capable of working independently with the ability to communicate and engage with multiple stakeholders to obtain a project outcome.
  • Strong team players with effective time management, organisational and problem-solving skills.
  • Available to commence end of November 2021 for a full-time 12-week period.
There are plenty of benefits that can be enjoyed whilst you are a Vacation Student at Alcoa. Among the many, we view our Vacation Students favourably to the permanent three-year Alcoa Graduate Program that will in turn provide you with a bright future and successful career within the Mining and Resources industry.

Applications close

Sunday 20 June, 2021

Additional Information
  • To apply, please click on the ‘Apply’ link and submit your application by attaching your latest resume, cover letter and academic transcript. It is essential that all three documents accompany your application to be considered.
  • Students are required to travel to and from site each working day and will be based at either our head corporate office in Booragoon, Alcoa’s Alumina Refineries (Kwinana, Pinjarra or Wagerup) or Huntly Bauxite Mine which is located approximately 100 kilometres south of Perth CBD.
  • To be eligible for our Vacation Student opportunities you will be an Australian/New Zealand citizen or have Australian permanent residency. Please ensure this information is clearly stated on your application.
  • You will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for an interview, this process can take up to four weeks from the closing date.
  • Find out more about working for Alcoa of Australia at www.alcoa.com.au/opportunities