Portable XRF services has welcomed Warrick Tunmer as the newest addition to the Technical team. Warrick who had been working with us as an instrument technician for the last 12 month started this January as our newest Graduate Geologist.
“My journey to being a Graduate Geologist came with a chance to work as a Field Hand with a small exploration company. This was whilst I was completing my apprenticeship as a small engine mechanic where I learnt a lot of great practical skills. I worked a couple of hours north of Meekatharra and spent a whole month out on a RC drill rig with the geo and the drillers.
It was a good experience and the work was interesting, but I was curious about what the geo was doing with all these small chips of rock that was coming up from the drill.
I went back a year later for another month and this time I was doing a few odd jobs around an old gold plant as well as some soil sampling. Again, the work was interesting, varied and I enjoyed getting out and about in the Australian bush.
This work lead me to studying Geology at Curtin University the following year.
Studying was quite a change for me as I was used to being on my feet all day and sitting down studying just made me tired. The content was interesting however and I persisted until I graduated at the end of 2016.
I didn’t have any solid work lined up despite trying to get into vacation programs but had no luck, so I signed up for an additional honours year at Curtin. As it happened I decided to attend a conference in Perth and got talking to one of the Portable XRF Services staff and found out they needed a part time technician. I got the job the next week!
That part time work lead to me signing up with Portable XRF Services in 2018 as a Graduate Geologist after I finished my honours project.
Currently I’m sitting out watching a rain cloud move through central NSW where myself and the another grad geo are running a pXRF and SWIR sampling program as the rocks are being drilled.
It’s been a great learning experience and it’s always good to get out and about. I’m looking forward to the future and learning more about the mining and exploration industry.”