Category Archives: Mackay School of Mines

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Left to right is Mackay School of Mines Graduate, Timothy Kiley of the UNR Metallurgical Engineering Department, Yerington High School Club Members, Stephani Pena, Fransisco Leyva, YHS Club Advisor and Science Teacher Crystal Mattice, members Max McCandless, Cierra Sullivan, Melissa Pursel, Marlena Smith and Lilliana Sanchez.

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Standing next to the hoist drums are Yerington High School Mining Club members from left to right, Melissa Pursel, Marlena Smith, YHS Advisor & Science Teacher, Crystal Mattice, Stephani Pena, (crouching) Lilliana Sanchez, Fransisco Leyva, Cierra Sullivan, Max McCandless and UNR Mackay School of Mines, Metallurgy graduate Timothy Kiley.

The Yerington High School Mining Club of 2015 came to visit the Pumpkin Hollow Mine for their school year tour.  This is YHS Mining Club’s 2nd tour since they started the club in 2013.  Not all club members were able to attend because of the end-of-the-school year activities, but we were glad to have those who could.  Pumpkin Hollow also was fortunate to have a UNR Mackay School of Mines graduate from the Metallurgical Department, Mr. Timothy Kiley come join us.   Tim Kiley was beneficial in answering questions and giving valuable information on metallurgy.  After a safety briefing given by Community Relations Coordinator, Rita Menesini, and getting geared-up with their PPE (personal protective equipment), the club members, club advisor and Tim Kiley went on their guided tour by Rita Menesini and Cementation’s Project Manager, Murph Miniely.  The group experienced the hoist in operation,  waste rock pouring out the headframe dump chutes and the many drill rigs operating at Pumpkin Hollow.  After the tour, an overview and Q&A session was given by Tim Dyhr, VP of Environmental & External Relations and VP of Operations, Tim Arnold during a pizza lunch.

Thank you Yerington High School Club Members for your hard work & effort.  Keep rocking!!

 

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Bachelors of Science, Mining Engineers, Tate Boyster and Axel Loehden inquire about employment at the Nevada Copper booth.

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Metallurgical Engineers sign-up for possible summer internship at Nevada Copper.

 

Nevada Copper participated in the Natural Resources and Environmental Science/Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering Career and Internship Fair of 2015.  The NRES-Mackay School of Mines event took place in the Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno on February 11, 2015.

This event provided an opportunity to meet and interact with the students majoring or interested in career fields such as environmental science, geology, mining engineering, metallurgical and related units.

Rita Kay Menesini, Nevada Copper’s Community Relations Coordinator says the students and graduates presented themselves in a most professional manner and showed much potential for future hiring.  She wishes each & every student the best.

A big thank you to Katia Albright, M.A., Coordinator of Career Development, Nancy Markee, Ph.D, Associate Professor Natural Resources and Environmental Science, and to Julie Stoughton, M.S., Lecturer and Academic Advisor Natural Resources and Environmental Science.  Also to everyone involved in organizing this beneficial event.

 

 

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?

Hand drilling is a historic method used to drill holes into rock. The purpose of drilling the holes was to fill them with black powder.  The driller, referred to as a “cousin jack” wielded a 4 lb. hammer and drove a chisel pointed steel (or drill) into the rock. The miner would strike the chisel with the hammer, and rotate the chisel 90 degrees before striking it again.

Nevada Copper’s Tim Leedy competing in the single jack drilling contest, Carson City, Nevada.

Nevada Copper’s Tim Leedy competing in the single jack drilling contest, Carson City, Nevada.

Tim Leedy, Nevada Copper’s Environmental Scientist, has a story to tell.  It’s about a history of Single Jack Rock Drilling World Champions and this includes the whole Leedy family.   It illustrates a close family bond and a strong will to succeed.

The Leedy mining event history starts with Tim’s dad, Skip Leedy.  Skip became interested in hand steeling in the early 80’s while he attended the University of Nevada, Reno as an undergraduate (The Mackay Muckers).  He competed in competitions all over the west since 1983 (Colorado, Oregon, California, and Nevada).  He is a 5-time single jack world champion, a previous coach at the University of Nevada, Reno and a judge/head judge at intercollegiate competitions.

Craig Leedy (Tim’s Uncle) has been competing all over the west since the 1990′s and makes the steel drills with the help from Tim Leedy’s other Uncle Marc Leedy.  The drills (L.L.C. Old Time Drilling) are used by a majority of the competitors. Craig was also a coach at the University of Nevada, Reno in various years.

Susan Leedy (Tim’s Mom) met Skip Leedy through the mining team at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She competed for about 3 years starting in 1986 and was World Champion in single jack drilling for a year or two as well.

Wes Leedy (Tim’s older Brother) had attended competitions since infancy and participated in many single jack drilling children’s events.  He started competing seriously in college and post-college for 3 years, but no longer competes.  He placed first at a University of Arizona competition.

Tim Leedy has attended competitions also since infancy and participated in children’s single jack events.  His first competition was his senior year in high school.  He participated for three years on the collegiate mining team while simultaneously competing in the professional circuit. Tim has competed professionally for 6 years, and continues to compete on a professional level.  While in college he traveled to England and Colorado with the mining team.

Side note:  All Leedys except Susan Leedy, (mom) have broken bones partaking in this sport.  Some more than once.

Current Professional Competitions and Events:

  •   Nevada: Carson (world championship) – Single Jack
  •   Nevada: Tonopah – Single jack, double jack, muck, double muck
  •   Colorado: Creede, Nederland, Idaho Springs, Silverton, Cripple Creek and Victor,           Leadville, Ouray – Single jack, double jack, muck, jackleg, spike drive
Skip Leedy, Single Jack Drilling, World Champion many times over.

Skip Leedy, Single Jack Drilling, World Champion many times over.

Craig Leedy, (Uncle)

Craig Leedy (Uncle)

 

Jack Leedy (Brother)

Jack (Brother)

Please see more on the Single Jack Drilling World Championships – Nevada Day, Carson City 2014 –   http://www.nevadaday.com/pages/rock.php

http://miningcontest.com/SINGLE_JACK.html

http://miningcontest.com/WORLD_CHAMPIONS.html

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.

 

 

Russ Fields, Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering unveils the plaque honoring the sponsors.

Russ Fields, Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering unveils the plaque of appreciation to the sponsors for the Arentz Center for Student Success.

Russ Fields, Director of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering unveils the plaque of appreciation to the sponsors for the Arentz Center for Student Success.
Director of Mackay School, Russ Fields thanks and honors the  Samuel Arentz family, the mining industry and all those who helped fund the Arentz Center for Student Success!

Director of Mackay School, Russ Fields thanks and honors the Samuel Arentz family, the mining industry and all those who helped fund the Arentz Center for Student Success!

The Arentz Student Center has been renovated and renamed the Arentz Center for Student Success.  Initially established in 2000 by Samuel S. Arentz III and family, the space was created in honor of his grandfather, Samuel S. Arentz and his father, Samuel S. Arentz, Jr..  The Center has been renovated to better utilize the space for students to study, meet, relax and eat in a comfortable space that will also be used to showcase the work of Mackay students to prospective students and employers.  The Center houses Samuel S. Arentz, Jr.’s library of historic Geological Survey Reports, mining and metallurgy reports on Nevada and the United States, field notes, and other books pertaining to the minerals industry.

Nevada Copper Mining Engineer and Alumni of Mackay Schools, Jamie Loyola, Katia Albright, Mackay School Coordinator of Career Development and Elizabeth Ball, Coordinator of Student Recruitment, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering - UNR

Nevada Copper Mining Engineer and Alumni of Mackay Schools, Jamie Loyola, Katia Albright, Mackay School Coordinator of Career Development and Elizabeth Ball, Coordinator of Student Recruitment, Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering – UNR

Nevada Copper's Tim Arnold,  VP of Operations, Rita Kay Menesini,  Community Relations Coordinator, Jamie Loyola, Mining Engineer, and UNR's Mackay School of Earth Science & Engineering Director, Russ Fields.

Nevada Copper’s Tim Arnold, VP of Operations, Rita Kay Menesini, Community Relations Coordinator, Jamie Loyola, Mining Engineer, and UNR’s Mackay School of Earth Science & Engineering Director, Russ Fields.

Arentz Center Rededication for Student Success

Arentz Center Rededication for Student Success

Nevada Copper's Process Manager, Scott Sims giving UNR's Metallurgical Engineering Department an overview of the Pumpkin Hollow Project

Nevada Copper’s Process Engineer, Scott Sims giving UNR’s Metallurgical Engineering Department an overview of the Pumpkin Hollow Project

Metallurgical Engineering Department visits the Hoist House

Metallurgical Engineering Department visits the Hoist House

Hank Ohlin, Sr. Geologist discusses the core samples to the group.

Hank Ohlin, Sr. Geologist discusses the core samples to the group.

Mine site tour with UNR's Metallurgical Engineering Department

Mine site tour with UNR’s Metallurgical Engineering Department

 

To Timothy John Kiley, Carl Nesbitt, Ph.D., Stephen Erickson, P.E.-Civil and the Mackay School Engineering students – thank you for a most pleasant visit with us at Pumpkin Hollow.