Working as a FIFO (Fly-In-Fly-Out) worker in the mining industry is an adventure that offers unique experiences and opportunities for personal growth and professional growth. Meet Umer, one of our FIFO Graduate Commissioning & Operational Electrical Engineers and learn about his experience at the mines.
What was your motivation to work in the mining industry?
I decided to pursue a career in the mining industry because gaining hands-on site experience as a young engineer is extremely compelling. Being able to visualise and experience theoretical concepts helped me better understand the knowledge I gained at university.
How has your experience as a FIFO worker in the mining industry shaped your engineering career?
As a Graduate Commissioning & Operational Electrical Engineer in mines, I faced challenges that tested my time management skills, ability to work under pressure, and adaptability to new environments. Maintaining my composure while completing tasks on schedule was a thrilling and demanding experience. The knowledge and expertise I gained from these situations are unparallel and have shaped me into a resilient professional.
Can you share one of your accomplishments whilst working in the mines?
I was able to transform a project that was facing communication problems and insufficient resources into a success story by exercising proper resource management, tidying up loose ends and establishing smooth lines of communication between the client and contractors.
How has Divergent Engineering supported you as a FIFO worker?
I would like to wholeheartedly thank Divergent Engineering for giving me the opportunity to work in the mining industry. Whenever I need guidance or help, my seniors and colleagues are always there to help me even during their days off or outside of work hours. The immense support from my team at Divergent Engineering has helped me further develop my skills and knowledge,
How do you stay up to date with the latest industry trends and advancements in mining practices?
Diving into the digital world is a great way to stay up to date with the mining industry. Browsing on LinkedIn is a great way to follow topics of your interest. Participating in seminars and gaining memberships in scientific organisations like Engineers Australia is also a terrific way to stay up to date.
What advice would you give someone who is considering getting into the mining industry?
Working on a mining project is the best way to begin your career as a young engineer. Field experience, knowledge of mining standards and compliances, communication skills and working under pressure are skills and knowledge that you will develop at the mines. Taking on a mining project will help you grow your professional network and help you gain valuable field experience.