MTEC 2011 Key Performance Measures Report

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Download In 2011, first year undergraduate enrolments increased at the MTEC universities in the minerals industry core disciplines of earth science, mining engineering and metallurgy. First year enrolments in earth science and mining engineering have returned to 2008 levels (prior to the financial correction experienced that year) while first year enrolments in metallurgy have decreased significantly. A consequence of the financial correction of 2008-2009 will be decreased numbers of graduates across the disciplines in 2012-2013.

MTEC modelling indicates a plateauing of final year enrolments across all disciplines at the 2015 forecast levels.

SUMMARY OF ENROLMENTS (MTEC UNIVERSITIES ONLY)
  • Earth science enrolments have grown across all years of study and increased significantly in the 2nd and 4th years. This is primarily a result of a greater retention of students.
  • Metallurgy enrolments have increased in the 1st and 4th years (significantly in the 1st year), but have decreased in the 2nd and 3rd years. An increased number of students have either graduated with a BSc at the end of three years or are completing a double degree (after 5 years). These do not appear in the summary compilation above, but are still skilled to work as metallurgists.
  • Mining engineering enrolments have returned to levels pre-financial correction and have increased significantly across all years of study (except 3rd year). This year’s output is well-above the long-term average and includes 5th year double degree students. The long-term trend for final year students appears to be plateauing.
SUMMARY OF GRADUATE DESTINATIONS (MTEC UNIVERSITIES ONLY)
  • 45% of graduates from the MTEC Earth Science universities joined the minerals industry; up on last year’s cohort of 25% and a significant reversal of the recent downward trend but still down from earlier years which averaged around 50%. 20% of Earth Science graduates went on to further study or research (a common trend) and 35% joined either big or small mining companies.
  • 78% of all Metallurgy graduates in 2010 joined the minerals industry, with 53% of the overall cohort joining big or small mining companies, 14% joining consultants or contractors and 11% joining the extractive industry. The data collected from 2010 reflects a return to long-term trends for graduate destinations in Metallurgy. For the first time no graduating student is immediately pursuing further full-time research/study.
  • At the time these data were collected, 64% of Mining Engineering graduates surveyed had entered the minerals industry with 50% joining big or small mining companies and 14% taking roles with contractors or consultants. Anecdotal evidence (supported by Graduate Careers Australia data) shows that almost all mining engineering graduates were employed six months after graduating. There was a marked decrease in graduates taking roles with small mining companies from 20% in 2009 to 3% in 2010. This indicates a return to historical levels of 4% from 2008, and 2% from 2007. The data received from the 2010 graduates for this report includes graduate destination information for the first graduating class from The University of Adelaide.

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