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bob looks back on 40 years with alcoa
Alcoa Anglesea’s Bob Brown celebrates a tremendous milestone this year: 40 years of service. He says there are lots of good reasons for his 40 year history with Alcoa.

“Alcoa is a good employer that’s offered me job security and a career job that is hard to come by nowadays. I’ve been lucky: the work has always been interesting, the nature of the job keeps changing and I enjoy the variety. Those 40 years have been a rewarding experience.”

Bob started at Alcoa as an apprentice in 1971 and after qualifying as a fitter and turner, he went to work at Anglesea Power Station as a Tradesman. Bob spent several years in the Maintenance Department, moving into a Supervisor role before taking up the role of Assistant Unit Controller in 1989. Bob stepped up to Senior Operator in 1995-1996 and has thrived in that role ever since.

He says the most compelling reason he’s stayed with us is the people he’s worked with: “A lot of my peers who were Tradesmen and became Operators encouraged me to follow in their path and they’ve made the most positive impact on my career.

“The friendships I’ve made at Alcoa over the years are a clue to my 40 years of service. I work with very nice people and we share great memories.”

Over the years Bob has seen the business go through many changes.
“We used to drive the power station with dials and knobs – now, it’s all done with computer touch screens.”

When Bob isn’t at work his main interests are his family and a 17 acre hobby farm that keeps him busy: “Too busy as I’m getting older” he says, “but it’s great for the kids and grandkids”.

our wa apprentices best in region
We congratulate Alcoa apprentices Daniel Hendon and William Treasure on each receiving two awards recently.

Daniel won the Challenger Institute of Technology’s prestigious 2010 Student of the Year and Apprentice of the Year Awards. While William took out both the Electrical Apprentice Award and the Metals and Engineering Award at the South West Institute of Technology Awards held in Bunbury.

At Challenger’s student awards ceremony last month just four major awards were handed out. 

Daniel, a 21 year old of Mandurah, completed a four-year Challenger Institute apprenticeship at Alcoa’s Pinjarra Refinery and graduated with a Certificate IV in Engineering (Instrumentation).

“I find it appealing that the electrical and instrumentation area is such a large field that is continually undergoing technological changes, so you can continually push to improve your knowledge base and skills,” Daniel said.

Alcoa’s Apprentice Training Coordinators Kevin Lunn and Brian Dumbrell were unanimous in their praise.

“This is a much deserved win for Daniel, as he has shown great maturity and is a role model to other apprentices at Alcoa,” Kevin said.

“Daniel has constantly achieved high results in his appraisals throughout his apprenticeship and he is constantly looking to learn all the time,” Brian added.

When asked how he felt about his win, third year Wagerup Refinery Electrical/ Instrument Apprentice Will modestly said: “I am pretty happy about winning it; it was a good result for a year’s work.”

“William has always set his standards high and quietly goes about achieving them. He is one of the best self-motivated apprentices I have the pleasure to work with,” Wagerup’s Apprentice Training Coordinator Murray Daniels said.

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Bob Brown

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We congratulate Alcoa apprentices Daniel Hendon (pictured above) and William Treasure (below) on each receiving two awards recently. Scroll down for full story.

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