Drones driving innovation for resources jobs

Drones are able to scale heights and capture information from active mine sites, driving innovations in safety, field efficiency, and productivity.

The West Australian reports since March 2020, an increasing number of women are gaining their drone pilot license, with one company highlighting a 300 percent increase in demand for drone licensing courses over the last 8 months, particularly amongst women.

Ausdrill innovation and technology specialist Carol Crane, who holds the chief remote pilot’s position for the company’s Australian surface operations, noted a lack of surprise that more women were undertaking drone licensing qualifications.

Ms Crane said the criteria involved being “quite pedantic” about rules and regulations, a trait that’s “more often seen in women than in men”.

The Chief Executive of Global Drone Solutions, Mahmood Hussein commented:

“We’ve been noticing a rise in inquiries from females, and I think women are realising that they can work with drones as well, if not better than, the males,” he said.

Mr Hussein said women made better drone pilots than men because of their patience. He said classes were 95 per cent male-dominated at the start of this year, but the split was now “around 80/20”.

“With the level of inquiries that we’re getting, I believe in the next couple of years the split will be 50/50 males vs females,” Mr Hussein said.

Read the full article by the West Australian

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