Geologist Assistant Internhsip (W/M)
Salta, Argentina
hace 4 días

Eramet is a mining and metallurgical group with an international presence in nearly 20 countries. For several years, the Group has decided to broaden its portfolio in metals used in the energy transition and mobility : that is how the lithium project in Argentina was born.

Initiated in 2010, operations at the lithium deposit near Salta in Argentina will enable Eramet to become a major player in this sector and respond to the ambition of making the energy transition a core component of our business.

The Lithium project spans a total surface area of 500 km2. This huge desert region, situated at an altitude of 3,800 m, is occasionally inhabited by around 15 people, the Puesteros.

50 km from there, the first village, Santa Rosa de Pastos Grandes, has a population of 300.

Without lithium, Li-on rechargeable batteries wouldn't be possible. Essential for the manufacture of both smartphones and electric cars, the market is now highly sought after and will become even more so in the coming decades.

This opportunity has naturally led Eramet to invest in lithium mining. It took two years of mining exploration before our teams identified in 2012 the "salar" (salt desert) in Centenario-Ratones, an area of the Andes in the north-west of Argentina.

After obtaining the concession and the mining rights in 2014, the mining licence was granted in 2019 following the approval of the Environmental and societal impact study.

This progress is the result of the work carried out in situ by our two teams :

  • In Salta, our subsidiary Eramine Sudamerica, which has around 40 employees (geologists, chemists, engineers, HR, safety managers, etc.
  • notably in charge of conducting pilot drilling and getting the project under way.

  • In Buenos Aires, the Eramet teams, which are mainly in charge of preparing the technology calls for tenders in which various engineering, provision and construction specialists participate.
  • 600,000 tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) : estimate of global lithium demand in 2025, three times the 2018 volume.
  • 9 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) : estimate of the site's total resources.
  • Several years of laboratory testing and continuous monitoring have enabled the teams at Eramet Ideas to develop a new process for producing battery-quality lithium carbonate.

    The intern will have the following main missions :

  • Technical and Operational Support in drilling activities. Sample collection and on site general duties.
  • Use and maintenance of measuring instruments.
  • Sample collection under supervision.
  • Measure of physicochemical parameters, under supervision.
  • Keep working areas ordered and cleaned.
  • Delivery and storage of samples.
  • Comply with Hygiene & Security procedures.
  • Driving of vehicle and transfer of staff within the project.
  • Possible support in different areas of the project under authorization of direct superior.
  • Technical and operational skills

  • Experience in collection of drilling samples and pumping tests.
  • Experience in collection and handling of liquid and solid samples.
  • Driving License (Mandatory).
  • 4x4 Driving experience (Non-exclusive).
  • Mechanical basic knowledge
  • Microsoft office basic knowledge
  • Teamwork attitude.
  • Profile : student from university or engineering school, with a specialization in geology

    Languages : Fluent in English and / or Spanish

    Duration : 6 months

    Location : On-Site (salar centenario-Arizaro) + Salta

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