our people

celebrating our long-standing employees
Alcoa is proud that more than 60% of our people have been with us for more than 10 years.

We believe our employees’ loyalty gives our business great stability, provides the opportunity for young people to learn from experienced employees, and delivers stable, long-term jobs in local communities. 

Many of our employees have been with us for more than 25 years, with some for more than 40 years. In fact, Alcoa has several second and even third generation employees.

This month we celebrate three of our long standing employees.

Tony Cust
Tony Cust has hit his 40 year Alcoa milestone.

Of his longevity in our Victorian Operations, Tony said: “I wanted to work in the mines but didn’t want to travel to Queensland, so the job prospect Alcoa was offering at the time was perfect for me. I liked the work and it offered me great variety.”

Tony said a career at Alcoa has enabled him to raise his six children on one income - the way he wanted to – and he’s grateful for that lifestyle opportunity.

Tony started at Anglesea Power Station in 1971 as Survey Assistant. In the early 80s Tony became Mine Surveyor, a role he held until 2009 when he moved to the Point Henry smelter in the Stores.

Nick Pearson
Research Scientist Nick Pearson will officially celebrate an impressive career spanning 25 years on 1 August 2011.

Nick works within Alcoa’s refining research and development team, the Technology Delivery Group (TDG), based at Kwinana Refinery in WA. TDG services the business globally, through clever technical innovation.

Nick first came on site as a labourer during his university holidays in 1979. He initially started on contract with Alcoa in 1983 as an Analyst in TDG, before becoming an employee in 1986.

Being a long-standing employee, Nick has seen several changes over the years. “The change from a competitive culture to a team oriented work place, including diversity; the huge changes in information technology and communication, and improvements in safety,” he said.

Nick names his highlights as making good friendships and work associations both within and external to Alcoa, opportunities for personal development and training and visiting Alcoa’s Atlantic refineries.

Inaki Sesma
Inaki Sesma celebrated 25 years with Alcoa in Western Australia earlier this year. He’s been a Trades Assistant in the main workshop at Pinjarra Refinery since the day he started.

He said he’s stayed with Alcoa for “job security.”

“I found a good place to work which was family orientated - it has been a very enjoyable 25 years where great friendships have been formed.”

Inaki was born in northern Spain and first immigrated to Queensland.  “After working in the cane industry for five years, we moved to WA and haven’t looked back since.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed living in Mandurah and will do so for the rest of my life.”


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Tony Cust has worked with Alcoa for 40 years. He's currently at Point Henry smelter.



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Nick Pearson pictured on a recent trip to South Africa.



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Inaki Sesma shows why he loves living in Mandurah.