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Majoring in Gold Mining? College Sees Degrees

Feb 8, 2013


The College of Southern Idaho has developed a new millwright course that meets the entry-level employment needs for Newmont Mining, one of the world's largest gold mining companies, with mines near Elko, Nev. Evening classes begin Monday, March 4.

The course is broad-based enough that students who earn their certification will be highly employable at many other area industries, as well, a CSI release said.

Students will learn foundational skills in blueprint reading, problem-solving, rigging, vibration analysis, installation and maintenance of mechanical equipment, basic welding, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, mechanical drives, OSHA safety and CPR, industrial tools and equipment, electronics, repair and fabrication, shaft alignment, and preventive maintenance.

Men and women who are interested should inquire as soon as possible as class space is limited, the college's release said. Cost for the course is $1,000 per session for three sessions -- spring, summer, and fall. Fees can be paid per session. The textbooks for the course cost $300.

Classes will meet from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Monday through Thursday until Jan. 30, 2014. Newmont has provided money to the CSI Foundation to help pay the tuition for some qualifying students.

Entry-level millwrights at Newmont earn $26 per hour, plus benefits, CSI said. For more information, contact the CSI Trade and Industry office at 208-732-6301 or visit workforce.csi.edu.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

Source: (c) 2013 The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho)

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