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Alcoa of Australia

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Alcoa of Australia

  • Energy & utilities
  • Engineering, R&D and manufacturing
  • Mining, oil & gas

Since the dawn of the industry, the name Alcoa has been synonymous with operational excellence and leadership in the production of bauxite, alumina and aluminium products. We invented the aluminium industry in 1888 and we continue to innovate with new technologies and processes.

Alcoa aluminium was used in the Wright brothers' first flight, in the first aluminium-sheathed skyscraper, the first all-aluminium vehicle frame and the first aluminium beer can.

Our Australian operations represent one of the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting systems and add value to Australia’s local, state and national economies at every stage.

Alcoa's operations support approximately 4,275 direct jobs, predominantly in regional Australia.

Our culture

Our workplace is an inclusive and respectful environment, where we embrace change, new ideas and equal opportunity to succeed. We provide some of the most unique technical challenges in our industry and we are committed to achieving world’s best practice through our values to Act with integrity, Operate with excellence, and Care for people.

We believe part of the reason we have low employee turnover in Australia is because of our successful initiatives which assist employees to achieve a positive and healthy balance between work and personal life. We also have an inclusive culture which provides employees with the opportunity to succeed professionally and empowers them to be proud of who they are and where they come from.

No matter what a person's gender, marital status, age, background, ethnicity, beliefs, impairments, sexual preference or religion, all employees are valued members of the Alcoa team. Through our inclusion strategy we have several company-wide employee resource groups including the Alcoa Women’s Network and EAGLE (Employees at Alcoa for Gay, Lesbian [Bisexual and Transgender] Equality). Each group provides information and resources, a support network and organises group activities.

By taking inclusion, diversity and work-life balance seriously, we know we stand a far greater chance of attracting the right people who will be the best fit for our business.

Social Contribution

Alcoa constantly strives to meet and exceed corporate and community expectations relating to environmental management, health, safety and good corporate citizenship.

Each year, more than 65 per cent of our total revenue stays in Australia through wages, local purchasing, taxes, royalties, capital investment and dividends to Australian shareholders.

We are recognized leaders in sustainability, and our know-how in mine rehabilitation and biodiversity conservation gives us access to valuable resources in highly protected areas, such as the Jarrah forest in Western Australia.

We want the communities closest to our operations to thrive, and we view our presence as an opportunity to help develop economic activity, environmental practices and social programs that will stay in place after our role ends

Alcoa has a proud history of long-term partnerships that make a difference to the things that matter to local communities. In 2017, Alcoa invested around $4.2 million in a wide variety of community programs in Australia. 

From our earliest beginnings we have opened our doors, people’s eyes and students’ minds, sharing an insight into the technology and ingenuity that transforms the red rock-like mineral bauxite into light-weight, shining aluminium.

We hold formal consultation forums in local areas, employ dedicated Community Relations Officers across all operations and deliver free tours of our mines and refineries.

About Our Opportunities:

Alcoa’s Graduate Program

Alcoa’s Graduate Program aims to provide a broad base of skills and experiences, while being tailored to graduates needs and career goals. The program provides real workplace opportunities at our mines and refineries, where graduates can develop technical and interpersonal skills. 

We provide opportunities for personal and professional development through formal training programs, informal networking and by receiving ongoing support, coaching and regular feedback from our senior professionals. 

We offer a three-year rotational program, during which time graduates gain experience across our three West Australian aluminium refineries and two bauxite mine sites. Graduates are immersed in Alcoa’s unique workplace environment and culture, which fosters communication, involvement, knowledge sharing and teamwork.

Alcoa’s Summer Vacation Student Program

As an Alcoa Vacation Student, you will participate in a 12-week program specifically designed to optimise your exposure and practical experience in your chosen discipline. Students are required to travel to and from site each working day and could be based at any location, depending on the discipline.

While it’s not a prerequisite, Alcoa Vacation Students are viewed favourably during recruitment for the Alcoa Graduate Program.

Recruitment advertisement commences around April each year.

What it's like to work here

Around the world, we share common goals:

  • We empower our people to make continuous improvements.
  • We create an environment in which all employees develop and contribute to their full potential.
  • We embrace diversity at all levels, believing that superior company performance requires a variety of employee experiences, backgrounds, and characteristics.
  • We reward and recognize outstanding results.
  • From day one, we expect every employee to contribute and make a difference.

Our Locations

Operations include:

  • Two bauxite mines in Western Australia (Huntly and Willowdale)
  • Three alumina refineries in Western Australia (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup)
  • Two dedicated port facilities in Western Australia (Kwinana and Bunbury)
  • One aluminium smelter in Victoria (Portland)

On the Job Profile

“I get to work with people from all parts of the business and I’ve found adapting information to suit different audiences can be both challenging and fun. My role is so fast paced, things change every day and there is always something to work on, so I never get bored.”

- Katie Marshall studied a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at Curtin University and is a Graduate Chemical Engineer at Alcoa of Australia.

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