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MEI Online: General Minerals Engineering: Latest News: January 13th 2004

:: Mintek Offers Minerals-Processing Training  

Starting this year, State-owned mineral and metallurgy specialists Mintek, in association with industry and South African universities, will be offering an intensive five-week course in minerals processing for recent university graduates and technikon diplomates working in the South African minerals processing industry.

The course reportedly aims to assist industry to fast-track the development of a broad range of practical skills in newly qualified entrants.

The company said it has developed the course content together with mining companies and equipment suppliers to ensure its relevance to industry's needs.

It is also planned to have the course accredited by the Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA) in consultation with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

The course will enable participants to understand the fundamentals of minerals processing operations and their implications from the economic, environmental, and safety points of view, as well as set up and adjustment minerals processing equipment to effect changes in performance.

Scholars will also plan and carry out testwork at laboratory, pilot and production scale to guide the design and optimisation of minerals processing plants, calculate and reconcile mass balances around complex minerals processing circuits, using raw data generated from sampling campaigns and estimate from test data the parameters of mathematical models that can be used to predict equipment performance.

In addition, they will conduct computer simulations to predict the performance of complete minerals processing plants, understand and determine factors that are significant for plant operating efficiency, and compare the merits of different unit operations and operating philosophies in mineral processing plant operations.

The course will be presented by experts in the field of minerals processing from industry, universities, and Mintek.

The programme involves five modules held at intervals of two months, each comprising a week of intensive lectures, practical demonstrations, site visits, workshops, and problem-solving exercises. The syllabus covers a general overview of minerals processing, crushing and screening, milling and classification, flotation, and physical separation methods.



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