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Industry Q&A: CHPP Operator

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As part of our new Q&A series we interview you, and find out what your job is day to day. In this edition we speak to Aaron Breiner, a Coal Handling Preparation Plant Operator on GlencoreXstrata's Mangoola mine.

Australian Mining: What are your primary roles and responsibilities in your job? Give us a day in your working life.

Aaron Breiner: Coal handling and preperation. stockpile dozing and management, control room operations.

Australian Mining: What training/education did you need for your job?

Aaron Breiner: Working in and around various CHPP's for 7 years, Mangoola provided all additional training required for safe operations. Stockpile dozer training, CHPP process training, control room training, as well as training in site rules and procedures.

Australian Mining: How did you get to where you are today? Give us a bullet point career path. 

Aaron Breiner: 8 years as a contractor throughout the Hunter Valley in CHPP work, started at Mangoola on 6th June 2013.

Australian Mining: What tools and/or sofware do you use on a daily basis?

Aaron Breiner: Leica GPS on stockpile dozers, hand tools, air tools, hoses, Cytec systems program on control room computers.

Australian Mining: What is the one thing that you are most proud of in your professional life?  

Aaron Breiner: Starting at Mangoola.

Australian Mining: Biggest daily challenge?

Aaron Breiner: Working out where everything goes in the plant.

Australian Mining: Biggest career challenge? 

Aaron Breiner: Getting out of the contractor side of things and getting a job with Xstrata.

Australian Mining: What is your biggest frustration in your job? 

Aaron Breiner: No frustrations, just work through it.

Australian Mining: What is the biggest challenge facing your business?

Aaron Breiner: Industry downturn.


This article is part of Australian Mining's new industry map, where we try to build a picture of the mining industry job by job. 

To be a part of it and take the Q&A yourself click here.

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