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Nyrstar Hobart values the passion and dedication of our people.

Justin Robinson, Testimonial

Nyrstar is a highly rewarding place to work. Challenges and opportunities continue to present themselves, and I really enjoy that consistent feeling of responsibility and value-adding that I first experienced as a vacation student.

I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tasmania. As part of my degree, I had to undertake three months work during the summer break between my third and fourth years. I was lucky enough to obtain a position with Nyrstar Hobart.

I was working on re-designing the stiffening arrangement on a motor in the Roast Department at the beginning, and this was successful. I was immediately struck by the level of responsibility I was given, and the feeling that I was actively contributing to the Roasting Department, the Hobart site and the company as a whole.

After my holiday work, I was granted a scholarship for my final year of University. I realised this was a company that I not only enjoyed working for, but I’d be rewarded for the work I did, so I applied for their graduate program. I saw the program as a good starting point for my career, and one that would provide me with the necessary leadership skills.

During my first year of the graduate program I was exposed to the Port Pirie Smelter. I was then rotated back to the Hobart smelter. I was exposed to all facets of engineering including project management, reliability engineering, plant engineering, as well as engineering design across multiple disciplines.

The skills I learnt in the graduate program have held me in good stead as a Project Engineer at the Hobart Smelter. There is an endless amount of projects to work on; you never stagnate doing the same thing over and over again.  In particular I’m very proud of the five year project I’ve been working on in the Electrolysis Department. Replacing crawl beams has been challenging in terms of minimising the impact on operations as well as the technicality of the work – I’d say it has been the ultimate project!