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Students to Gain Valuable Experience in the Mining and Metals Industry

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, May 31, 2019

There will be an estimated 3.5 million jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by 2025. STEM skills are the foundation for many of the mining and metal production careers at The Doe Run Company (Doe Run). Doe Run’s internship program gives students hands-on training in STEM-related roles to help prepare them for future careers.

This summer, Doe Run welcomes six area students for the 2019 internship program. They will work in the engineering, metallurgy, maintenance and information technology (IT) departments at the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) and Resource Recycling facility.

  • Haley Rehagen, a mechanical engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), will work as a maintenance intern at Resource Recycling.
  • Susan Donaldson is a chemical engineering student at Missouri S&T. She will intern in the Resource Recycling metallurgy department.
  • Brent Aubuchon is a Missouri S&T mechanical engineering student. He will work as an industrial engineer intern at Resource Recycling.
  • Austin Arlt, a mining engineering student at Missouri S&T, will be rotating through several job areas at SEMO, including technical engineering, ore haulage management, practical ventilation, mine power, water drainage applications, and surveying.
  • Isaac Freeman is an undergraduate student at Missouri State University. He will be working in the IT department at SEMO.
  • Riley Mathes, a recent Lesterville R-IV High School graduate, will work in the SEMO IT department.

“The summer internship is a shared learning experience for both our interns and our team,” said Sharon Gietl, vice president – information technology and human resources at Doe Run. “We provide project assignments and hands-on learning opportunities for our interns and in turn we gain fresh perspectives and new insights into how they approach a project.”

Mining jobs in Missouri – including Doe Run’s – outperform average Missouri wages, paying an average of $67,919 (compared to an industry average of $47,810). The manufacturing industry, including Doe Run’s battery recycling plant, employs a total of 259,300 people in Missouri, paying an average of $68,738.

Along with internships, Doe Run supports students by partnering with local colleges, including Missouri S&T and Mineral Area College, to provide scholarships, field trips and equipment donations that will assist in training the future workforce.

About The Doe Run Company

Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit www.doerun.com.

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