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1 Title here Skills Shortages Myth or Reality Focus on Para Professional Occupations CEAV Thursday 23 April 2009 Ellen Fleming NICS – Resources & Infrastructure

2 Victorian R & I Sectors  Brown Coal (Latrobe Valley & Anglesea)  Mining: Gold (Ballarat, Bendigo, Horsham & Whyalla) Mineral Sands – Hamilton, Mildura  Extracti ve Materials – quarries  Civil Infrastructure – roads, rail, harbours, airports, water & sewerage and desalination plants  Telecommunications infrastructure

3 Victoria Victorian Mining Projects

4 Expected 2009 skill shortages by occupation

5 Science, Engineering & related Associate Professionals Source- DEEWR

6 66-7 April 2009EU2009.CZ - Partnership conference EU-25+ Negative scenario 2020: Towards knowledge-intensive occupations

7 Workforce Skills Development Priorities improve the level of participation for those with low skills levels in workforce skills development increase the proportion of workers with high skills levels through workforce skills development more effectively link formal, non-formal & informal learning through workforce skills development improve information flows about & understandings of workforce skills development build world class skills outcomes for individuals & enterprises through high quality workforce skills development

8 Federal Governments $42 billion Stimulus Package Nation Building Projects Australian Government’s plans for investment in critical rail, road and education infrastructure to provide a total of $7.4 billion across 46 projects Victoria will receive $1,963.1 billion New telecommunications infrastructure funding

9 Para Professional Occupations in Demand Engineering –Civil & Structural –Electrical engineering –Electronics engineering –Mechanical Engineering Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Officer Geoscience Technician Laboratory Technician Metallurgical & Materials Technician Technical Officers (Water)

10 Para Professional Skills Para professionals typically perform the following tasks: Conducting scientific tests & experiments Administering the operational activities eg. site office Organising the operations on work sites Assisting ‘professionals’ in provision of services Inspecting sites and equipment to ensure compliance Coordinating work activities

11 Civil & Structural Engineering Associate Specialisations – Civil Engineer Design Drafter, Engineering Technical Officer & Structural Engineer Design Drafter Qualification: Adv Diploma in Civil or Structural Engineering Job opportunities: Govt. Depts., Local Govt., construction companies, engineering consultancy firms

12 Electrical engineering Associate/Technician Specialisations – Electrical engineering design, drafting, technical officer, testing officers, maintenance & control systems technicians Qualifications: Cert 3 Eng. (Technical), Diploma in Eng. Technology, Adv Diploma in Electrical Engineering Job opportunities: Govt. Depts., mining, minerals processing, technical labs, telecommunications

13 Electronics engineering Associate/Technician Specialisations – Electronics engineering design, manufacture, operations and maintenance of advanced electronic equipment & systems Qualifications: Cert 4 Eng., Diploma in Eng. Technology, Adv Diploma in Electronics Engineering Job opportunities: Govt. Depts., mining, minerals processing, telecommunications

14 Mechanical Engineering Associate/Technician Also know as: Mechanical Engineering Officer Qualifications: Cert. 3 Engineering (Technical), Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Mechanical, mechanical design, mechatronics) Job opportunities: water, gas, electricity, minerals industries, technical (consulting engineering firms)

15 Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Officers Also known as Spatial Info. Systems Officer/Technician, Surveying Technologist Qualifications: Diploma in Spatial Information Services, Advanced Diploma of Spatial Information Services Job opportunities: Govt. Depts., Local Govt., mining, companies involved in land use, planning and management

16 Geoscience Technician Also known as Earth Science Technical Officer, Geological Technician, Geophysical Technician and Science Technical Officer Qualifications: Diploma in Survey (Mining & Engineering) or Diploma of Surveying Job opportunities: Govt. agencies, Uni. Geology Depts., mining & exploration firms, core laboratories.

17 Laboratory Technician Also known as laboratory assistant / technician/scientific laboratory worker Qualifications: Cert. 3 Laboratory Skills, Cert. 4 Laboratory Techniques, Diploma of Laboratory Technology (various streams) Job opportunities: Govt. agencies, universities, mining & exploration companies and other industry sectors.

18 Metallurgical Technician Work as engineering technicians, research assistants, laboratory technicians & technical inspectors Qualifications: Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology Job opportunities: mining companies, research laboratories, metal manufacturers

19 Technical Officer (Water) Also known as Water Services Officer City West Water Model: –Cert. 3 Business –Diploma of Engineering Technology (Trade subjects) –Level 2 First Aid –Confined Space entry awareness –Construction Induction Job Opportunities: metropolitan and regional water authorities, water & sewerage treatment plants

20 Skills Shortages in Trades Mechanical trades – Heavy diesel Mechanical technicians Shovel fitters Boiler maker/welder Service person Electrical trades – Auto electrician, high voltage & heavy vehicle

21 Operator Occupations in demand General mine operators Jumbo operator Bogger operator Excavator operator Dump truck operator Driller (U/G & surface) Shot firers Service person Workshop supervisors Skilled miners Metallurgical technician

22 Professional occupations in demand Graduate Metallurgist Graduate Mining Engineer Metallurgists Mining Geologist Mine Engineers Geoscientists Mine Surveyors Environmental Engineers

23 Contact Details Ellen Fleming NICS – Resources & Infrastructure Australian Industry Group 20 Queens Road Melbourne or


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