Category Archives: High School College Career Day

On January 9, 2015, Yerington High School had their “College Career Day”.  Nevada Copper shared with the students information on career opportunities, schooling, training and what it takes to work at a mine.  Graduates from mining related subjects are some of the most highly sought after professionals in the country.

 

YHS Mining Club visits the   Nevada Copper booth.

YHS Mining Club visits the Nevada Copper booth.

Girls love the idea of a "Pink" hardhat.

Girls love the idea of a pink hardhat.

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Sophomores, Rachel Naswall, Jamie Parker and Khendra Brown inquiry about engineering careers.

Sophomores, Rachel Naswall, Jamie Parker and Khendra Brown inquire about mine engineering careers.  All three students showed interest in Chemical Engineering/Metallurgy.  Below is a description of what a metallurgy career consists of.

Metallurgists work at mineral processing sites and may specialize in either primary (extractive) or secondary (physical) metallurgy. Primary metallurgists are most often employed by the minerals industry and they may perform the following tasks:

  • Study and apply physical methods for separating minerals from their ores using magnetic, electric, gravity or chemical methods;
  • Apply methods for extracting commercial quantities of minerals from their ores;
  • Supervise sampling from various stages of processing;
  • Advise operators on changes necessary to improve the process;
  • Improve process methods;
  • Develop and control methods of storing and treating waste material, and
  • Prepare technical reports.

Process Engineers transform low value, impure raw materials into commercially valuable products. The main sources of these raw materials are low grade minerals, by-products of other processing operations and recycled materials. Minerals process engineers are employed in all stages of raw materials processing and, in the minerals industry, may perform the following tasks:

  • Process design and development;
  • Process control and management;
  • Pure and applied research;
  • Study and apply chemical and process metallurgy techniques;
  • Coordinate recovery of samples for laboratory analysis and testing;
  • Choose and operate a combination of treatments to produce the deired quality of products at optimum efficiency; and
  • Prepare cost budgets of operations to evaluate economic feasibility of processes.

Metallurgy/Processing typically suits someone who likes chemistry, maths and physics and is interested in engineering and science, has an aptitude for computing and design and has good problem solving skills. Metallurgists and Process Engineers need to be able to work as part of a team as well as independently. Good oral and written communication skills are also valued.

Requires the completion of an engineering degree at a University. 

The American Exploration Mining Association, formally known as the Northwest Mining Association had their 120th Annual Exposition at J.A. Nugget in Sparks, Nevada the week of December 1-6, 2014.  http://www.miningamerica.org/

For the 3rd year,  Yerington High School students were hosted by Nevada Copper to learn more on what the mining industry is all about.  The YHS Mining Club was organized in 2013 and this is their 2nd year to attend the exhibits.  Please see below the comments from the club members regarding what they learned and what they felt was most impressive about the exposition.

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Rita, thank you so much for allowing us to attend the Mining Exhibit.  I really enjoyed everybody’s company.  It really helped me decide on what field I want to work on in the mining industry. The best part was being able to talk to some of the local companies. I appreciated the advice some UNR students gave us to give us an idea what to prepare for in college. I was able to speak with an accountant who also was from a small town and her advice was very encouraging.  I learned that living in a small town will not stop me from being successful and achieving my goals. I appreciate that Nevada Copper is supporting our Yerington High School Mining Club.  Giving us as a club, the chance to promote Nevada Copper is a great way to show our support for the community.

-Stephani Pena (Vice President) -Y.H.S. Mining Club

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I’d like to extend my profound thanks to all of Nevada Copper, as well as to a couple of vendors at the exhibit for offering to donate to our Mining Club. This whole experience has been beneficial in helping me learn about the career in engineering that I’d like to pursue. What I found to be very helpful is the way vendors at the exposition were willing to take the time to talk with me, even though I was only a high school student. They were friendly, respectful and informative.  I hope that in the future that the Mining Club of Yerington will be able to continue attending this event and those vendors will continue with their hospitality towards these members.

-Dominique Lucier (Treasure) – Y.H.S. Mining Club

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I would like to thank all of Nevada Copper for allowing the mining club to go and have this experience. I have learned much about the mining community of work. There are a wide range of jobs that are involved in the mining industry that I did not know about. What I found to very helpful what all the vendors that were willing to talk to us and inform us about what they did in the mining industry. I am wishing that I had learned more about the mining industry sooner because I would be more involved and I would not have been undeceived about what I wanted to study in college. I now have a sense of some things that I like and wish to future my education on. Thanks again.

-Melissa Pursel (Member) –Y.H.S. Mining Club

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Dear Rita,

First of all, I just wanted to thank Nevada Copper for sponsoring the club and second, for taking us to the mining convention.  I had so much fun at the convention. I learned so much and it opened my eyes for engineering.  I will continue to be a member of  the mining club and I look forward to next year.  It is awesome that we are one of the few mining clubs in the nation.

 Paco Leyva-Diaz President of YHS Mining Club

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Dear Rita,

I am having so much fun in mining club!  I really enjoyed the mining convention because it was so exciting and interesting to me.  I learned so much, thank you for taking us! I never knew how many fields are included in mining.  When it comes to safety, purifying water, engineering and rock separation, this really blew my mind.  It was a really great learning experience. We would not have been able to go on these amazing trips if it wasn’t for Nevada Copper.  I thank Nevada Copper for all these great learning experiences. I wish I would have joined a lot sooner. My education in the future is definitely going to be something that I could continue on in mining. Again thank you so much.

-Marlena Smith (Member)

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A BIG THANK YOU TO   – Laura Skaer, Executive Director and Mike Heywood, Marketing & Information of AEMA for their wonderful hospitality.

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Standing from left to right – Yerington High School Science Teacher & Mining Club Adviser Joanna Kuzia, club members Dominique Lucier, Marlena Smith, Melissa Pursel, and Stephani Pena. Kneeling is Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator Rita Kay Menesini and YHS Mining Club member Paco (Franciso) Leyva-Diaz.

 

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YHS Mining Club members visit the Avanti booth and learn about steel alloy metals.

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Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering was a popular booth with the club members.

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Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator, Rita Kay Menesini and Tim Dyhr, VP of Environment & External Relations hosted the Yerington High School Mining Club at the 2014 American Exploration and Mining Exposition.

Dreaming to be a miner?

Dreaming to be a miner?

Silver Stage High School students visit the Nevada Copper, Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project's booth on their 2014 College/Career Day.

Silver Stage High School students visit the Nevada Copper, Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project’s booth on their 2014 College/Career Day.   Thank you Silver Stage students for your interest in Nevada Copper and the many great questions asked.

Silver Stage High School student checks out a sample of copper ore with a magnifying rock & mineral glass.

Silver Stage High School student checks out a sample of copper ore with a rock & mineral magnifying glass.

Next College/Career Day?  At Yerington High School, January 9, 2015.

 

 

Dayton High School student visit the Nevada Copper booth at the College Career day.

Over 60 Dayton High School students visit the Nevada Copper booth at the College Career day.

A variety of representatives and professionals came to Dayton High School on November 7, 2014 in support of the College/Career Day.  Representatives from colleges and tech schools, as well as military personnel, cosmetologist, government program workers and a mining representative were there to give the students the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about their educational and career opportunities. “It is a great program to be able to show the students what types of careers they might want to think about, and how to get the education or training those jobs require” said Rita Menesini, Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator.

Nevada Copper's Community Relations Coordinator ready to discuss the career opportunities working at the Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project and other Mines.

Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator, Rita Kay Menesini getting ready to discuss the career opportunities the Pumpkin Hollow Mine Project and other Mines have to offer.