Career disciplines

Career disciplines

Are you ready to get your career off to a flying start? If you are a high caliber student looking for an internship or summer placement; are soon to graduate; or are already holding that treasured degree in your hand, we can offer you one of the widest and most exciting range of opportunities available anywhere in the world. Here are some of the disciplines we most commonly recruit for:


Design, develop and operate processes for converting and refining raw materials into products.

Research, design, develop, test and maintain aspects of manufacturing and installing electrical equipment, components, or systems.

Involved with environmental hazard identification and risk management, disaster management, measurement and monitoring processes.

Perform engineering duties connected to soil and rock mechanics to investigate subsurface conditions and materials; determine the relevant physical/mechanical and chemical properties; assess risks; design earthworks and structure foundations; and monitor site conditions.

Involved in planning, design, installation, testing and maintenance of tools, engines, machines and other mechanically functioning equipment.

Conduct subsurface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May advise and plan on appropriate ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities.

Development and application of innovative processes using robotics and automation.


Environmental Science
Measure and record features of the environment to assess and develop methods of controlling or minimising the harmful effects of human activity on the environment.

This discipline can vary in roles from exploration to mining however all roles include activities such as mapping; drilling; sampling and compiling of geological data for interpretation and use in planning and production models. Resource and reserve assessment as well as classification and reporting of resources are all key outcomes of the discipline.

Chemistry and physics backgrounds are used to develop improved ways of separating valuable minerals from ores that have been mined.

Technique and science of accurately determining the terrestrial or three-dimensional space position of points and the distances and angles between them.

Data Science
Harness the power of data analytics to help identify more efficient and sustainable processes.


Analyse and improve on the functions of the business and contribute to annual action plans or function strategies.

Community Relations
Work with local communities, industry, and governments to assess community needs, manage change and establish and maintain broad and complex relationships.

Analyse financial information, prepare financial reports to determine or maintain record of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities.

Occupational Health & Safety
Identify and manage health and safety related risks, including medical and occupational health and safety. Involved in reactive and proactive activities including reporting, investigations and establishing best practice.

Manage the global and regional strategic sourcing and buying of goods and services. Also responsible for managing the inbound supply chain. Ensure that the right goods and services are delivered, safely, to the right location at the right time.

The above descriptions aim to provide an overview of the type of work performed in Rio Tinto. Roles vary within the business as needed