Geoscience technicians assist earth scientists such as geologists, engineers and geophysicists to find and develop mineral and fuel resources. They make observations, collect and analyse samples, record information and look after the practical tasks involved in servicing remote field operations.
Geoscience technicians may perform the following tasks:
- order, check, pack and ship equipment and supplies for field surveys
- manage small field camps and, in some cases, cook for very small groups
- mark outlines of ore, waste and drillhole patterns in operating mines
- collect, record and transport samples of rock, soil, drill cuttings and water
- undertake geophysical surveys, involving the measurement of such factors as magnetism and gravity, and use global positioning systems (GPS) technology to establish deposit locations
- operate geophysical instruments to complete surveys that outline hidden rock features
- collate information collected from a range of sources (such as geochemical sampling surveys, seismic surveys and meteorological observations) and process the data using a computer
- use digital technology to produce geological and geophysical maps and sections
- supervise others carrying out these tasks.
Geoscience technicians may specialise in a number of different areas, such as aerial sampling and exploration, seismic observation and well logging (detecting materials to be mined in wells). They may also specialise in either laboratory work or fieldwork.
Geoscience technicians spend long periods working in remote locations throughout Australia.
- enjoy scientific activities
- able to prepare accurate records and reports
- able to work as part of a team
- interested in rocks, fossils and minerals
- able to cope with the physical demands of the job
- willing to work in remote locations.
- Geological Engineer
- Science Field Officer
- Survey Assistant
- Surveying Technician
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