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Alcoa Australia

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

About Alcoa Australia

  • Energy & Utilities
  • Mining, Oil & Gas
  • R&D and Manufacturing

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. With operations and locations across six continents and nine countries, we are known worldwide as a values-based company.

Did you know? 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.

Alcoa has been operating in Australia for nearly 60 years, providing stable, long-term careers to people working and living in communities close to where our Western Australian and Victorian operations are based. 

Alcoa's Australian operations support some 4,250 direct jobs, predominantly in regional Australia and close to major centres in Perth, Mandurah and Bunbury, so it’s possible to enjoy the benefits of working in the resources industry without working Fly-In Fly-Out (FIFO). 

We provide our people with some of the most unique technical challenges in the aluminium industry. Employees embrace leading-edge technology as we advance our operations, digitally connect our workers and increase efficiencies to make Alcoa a better and safer workplace. 

Our culture

At Alcoa we embrace change, new ideas and promote a culture of respect and equal opportunity. 

Our employment programs, which are underpinned by diversity and equality, continue to be recognised and rewarded for their inclusive nature.  They support and encourage employees to bring their whole selves to work and so they feel comfortable in contributing unique and different perspectives. 

Through our inclusion strategy we have several company-wide employee resource groups including the Alcoa Women’s Network, EAGLE (Employees at Alcoa for Gay, Lesbian [Bisexual and Transgender] Equality), our Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group, and AWARE (Alcoans Working Actively for Racial-Ethnic Equality). Each group focuses on increasing awareness and employee engagement by providing useful information and resources, a support network and fun group activities

By taking inclusion and diversity seriously, we believe we will attract open-minded people who will live our values, innovate and challenge the status quo, and create a better future workplace culture and experience.  

Social Contribution

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

We are recognised 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 sustainable economic activity, environmental practices and social programs.

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 bauxite into lightweight, 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.

In 2019, 86 per cent of our total Australian revenue stayed in the country through wages, local purchasing, taxes, royalties, capital investment and dividends to Australian shareholders. $4.7 million was invested in a wide variety of Australian community programs. 

About Our Opportunities:

Alcoa’s Graduate Program

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

We offer a three-year program, during which time graduates may rotate across our two mines, three refineries and/or two corporate offices. Graduates are immersed in Alcoa’s unique workplace environment and culture, which fosters communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing and participation. 

Graduate roles are permanent as we see graduates as our future leaders. 

Alcoa’s Summer Vacation Student Program

Alcoa Vacation Students are immersed in a 12-week summer placement program to optimise their exposure and practical experience in their field of interest. Students are required to travel to and from site each work day and could be based at any location, depending on the discipline and projects assigned to them. 

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

Recruitment for the summer vacation program usually commences in May or June 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 recognise outstanding results.
  • From day one, we support every employee to contribute and make a difference.

Our Locations

Alcoa’s Western Australian operations include:

  • Two corporate offices (Booragoon and Peel)
  • Two bauxite mines (Huntly and Willowdale)
  • Three alumina refineries (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup)
  • Two dedicated port facilities (Kwinana and Bunbury)

     And in Victoria:

  • One aluminium smelter (Portland)

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What Graduates Say About Them
  • Great work-life balance and workplace culture. Exposure to projects and day-to-day problem-solving.
  • Great level of support. Fantastic team of people to work with.
  • A large, interconnected network of people over different disciplines with ranging expertise that can help.
  • I love being able to work in the minerals industry without having to go FIFO as the refineries and mines are within driving distance from home. Being an international company, I may have future opportunities to travel abroad for work. The graduate program itself offers a lot of opportunities for both personal and professional development. This is captured in monthly graduate days, extra training courses as well as responsibilities given to me in my everyday work. On top of this, Alcoa is very diligent in making sure you have a job after the graduate program is complete, securing my future career.
  • It is relaxed compared to consultancy, training events are provided.
  • The low turnover of employees can be both good and bad. On one hand you have years of experience to tap into, but on the other hand, it can make it difficult to change strategies and methods of work.
  • Change seems difficult due to the systems in place or long-standing practises.
  • The ageing demographic. A lot of workers have been here for over 20 (often 30 or 40) years. This means that not only do I have to work consistently with people of an older generation, but trying to change the culture in areas that require it becomes quite difficult.
  • Lack of on the job training.
  • The old unionist and pessimistic mentality of some of the workers. It really is a great place to work, so the negativity is frustrating at times.

Jobs & Opportunities

Locations With Jobs & Opportunities
  • WA (Perth and Regional WA) and VIC (Portland)
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