Eramet in 2018:
From identifying new deposits to analysing samples, preparing maps, drawing up drilling plans, producing models and conducting ore estimates, being a geologist at Eramet means contributing to the huge amount of work it takes to exploit ore.
Axelle, 32, Comilog (Gabon)
"I'm lucky enough to do a job that combines field work with analysis in the office. I never feel like I'm slipping into a routine. Exploring unknown territory every day and putting in place the right strategies to ensure that operations go smoothly is exciting! By the way, I also joined Comilog as a trainee. My meeting with a Survey Group Manager, who was responsible for a large team, made me realise the possibilities that were available to me. I'm now supervising a team of 12 people: a geologist engineer, foremen, driller operators, etc. I'm eager to make all of Comilog's ambitious projects a reality with them."
The role of press operator is actually very similar to the job of a blacksmith… in the 19th century. This role at Eramet involves carrying out the design of parts intended for cutting-edge industries. To achieve this, the operators aren't just content with operating presses weighing several thousand tons, they also participate in continuously improving the processes in liaison with the technical teams.
Benoit, 39, Pamiers forging workshop
"I've worked at the Pamiers forge near Toulouse for 18 years. I operate two presses weighing 2,500 tonnes: one semi-automatic and one manual. We use aluminium, steel and titanium to devise parts for the aviation industry (landing gears, fuselage, aircraft engines, etc.) and the nuclear industry. It's extremely satisfying to transform these metals yourself to create high-performance parts. What's more, with around 200 ranges of different parts every year, it never gets repetitive. In my job, I also love the fact that I'm fully involved in the process, from the upstream phase: I talk with the engineers every day so that we can work together to find the best ways to improve the parts and processes. It's real teamwork."
Data science involves using vast quantities of data to produce statistics and predictive models. Burgeoning at Eramet, this branch of IT opens up major prospects in a wide variety of fields: recovery of metals, characterisation of the subsoil, production in plants, etc.
Pierre, 32, Eramet Ideas
"At Eramet, I feel it's exciting to be able to apply the solutions provided by data science to industrial issues. We're a long way from the finance and marketing sectors that this discipline is often restricted to. The results that we achieve feed into very different roles: geologists, mining and metallurgical engineers, etc. Although it's true that artificial intelligence creates a lot of fantastical ideas, there's no magic at work here! To achieve relevant results, one of the keys is to work in close liaison with the business lines. Given the variety of sectors in which Eramet is active, there's definitely a lot of major challenges facing us!"
From troubleshooting machines to ensuring they are safe to operate and conducting preventive work, and from the steel mill to the rolling mill and the power grid, the maintenance technician role has evolved in step with the technologies that this individual ensures are working properly. It's a far cry from the preconceived ideas about this profession.
Mickael, 36, Les Ancizes
"There are few industries that, like Eramet, bring together so many cutting-edge technologies. Working as a maintenance technician in a metallurgy plant is a very comprehensive profession. When a technical problem occurs, my job is to conduct an enquiry. You need to go about it very methodically. You begin by working with your senses, checking the temperature, the vibrations, the odour, etc. Then you conduct a diagnostic and imagine the various scenarios. Lastly, you identify the solutions and the tricks you can use to resolve the problem. I particularly like spending my time learning new things, as well as the independence I have every day. I also have to say that fixing a problem on a machine that's sometimes bigger than a house is extremely satisfying!"
Being an engineer at Eramet Ideas means working in collaboration with and for the Group's plants. A wide variety of assignments are involved, from studies to devise tomorrow's industrial processes to the responses to provide to field issues.
Noémie, 24, Eramet Ideas
"One of the big advantages of being an engineer at Eramet Ideas is conducting industrial R&D projects with a concrete approach. Seeing the theoretical work that we carry out making its way into the real world is big source of personal fulfillment. Between bibliographic searches, lab testing campaigns on intermediate projects and the most ambitious projects such as overseeing a semi-industrial furnace, not a day goes by without you learning new things! There's also the fact that we're trained in the tools of the digital transformation, an exciting new aspect of our profession that opens up major prospects."