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Bonnie Anderson

Electrician

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Bonnie works as a fully qualified electrician with the Fixed Plant Maintenance team at Mount Isa Mines

Glencore’s Queensland Metals business operates copper and zinc sites across Mount Isa, Cloncurry and Townsville, providing work for 4790 people. Their metals apprenticeship program has 169 apprentices, with 25 of them on track to complete dual trades.

Shifting gears

Bonnie Anderson had worked for four years in real estate but was “itching to get out from behind the desk to do something hands-on. Not many females go down the trade path but my dad has a dual trade and I have family who are tradespeople,” she says.

After completing a Certificate III in Electrotechnology through TAFE Queensland North and Queensland Metal’s Mount Isa Mines, she now works as a fully qualified electrician with the Fixed Plant Maintenance team at Mount Isa Mines.

“I intend to complete a dual trade in instrumentation and build on my competencies to be a more accomplished tradesperson,” she says.

Bonnies study and career pathway

This article is brought to you in partnership with The Minerals Council of Australia and originally appears in Careers with STEM: Apprenticeships & Traineeships 2021 – the flip cover to Careers with STEM: Engineering 2021.

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