After moving from South Africa to Australia in 2018, Nobel started with Pilbara Minerals in March 2019 as a Process Operator. He quickly developed his understanding of plant operations, to a point he could pass his knowledge onto others.
“As someone who enjoys learning new things, I quickly moved through all the sections of the plant including complex isolations,” Nobel said.
“As the company grew, I found myself training new starters in plant operations as well as complex isolations. In July 2021 I was appointed as Process Trainer, a role that sees me continue training and developing operators in their plant knowledge and skills.”
In his role Nobel teaches people all sections of the processing plant and assessing people on complex isolations.
“Our processing plant is unique and thus very rarely will you find people with all of the necessary skills able to operate it,”
“My job involves teaching people all sections of the processing plant from crushing, heavy medium separation, flotation, and control room operations just to name a few.”
“I am also responsible for teaching and passing out people on complex isolations, as well as designing and verifying isolations for shutdowns in the Processing Plant.”
While the job can be challenging Nobel says it is also very rewarding.
“I have had so much positive feedback from people appreciating they can finally understand why things are done the way they are,”
“I have always sought to teach not just the how but the why. It’s quite fulfilling to train and develop people, especially that moment when a new concept finally makes sense.”
Never one to shy away from further learning, Nobel is currently completing his final year of a Double Major degree in Mineral and Environment Science with Murdoch University. He says Pilbara Minerals has been very supportive.
“Pilbara Minerals is the place to be: a place for career development in an inclusive and friendly working environment.”
“I love the fact that I am working for a company that is directly contributing to a sustainable future.”
“Pilbara Minerals has been supportive of my studies and more than willing to let me attend practicals and exams as dictated by my program.”
“Technical analysis is something I quite enjoy, so I hope to transition to Metallurgy in the future.”