Andrew Del Turco

B.S. Geology '19

What about the degree program made it unique?

Ample one-on-one time with professors for communication, research work, assistance with course material, etc. Large opportunity for fieldwork. Research work is highly promoted and there is always opportunity as professors are often working on multiple projects.

How did Stockton Prepare you for the next chapter in your life?

Course material and research gave me the skills and knowledge I needed to excel and stand out in my field. I learned how to properly research topics and how to implement new information in the projects I work on in my industry.

Can you talk about your career path since graduating from Stockton?

I work as a production geologist at various mine sites, currently at the nations only operating primary cobalt mine. Here I use geologic mapping, sampling, computer modeling, and multiple databases in order to target, find, and route economic ore materials. I plan drilling programs to expand and better define the deposit. I work closely with mine crews, steer development, and manage stockpiles in order to effectively recover ore materials.

Can you talk about your educational path since graduating from Stockton?

Many companies I have worked for, offer opportunities for industry classes, experiences, work-related research and presentation on this research. Some companies offered paid graduate schooling for those that perform strongly.

What advice would you give to students who are considering majoring in your field?

I'd recommend taking additional technical classes. Statistics and some kind of CAD and or geospatial software should be requirements. I have used skills from these classes in every geology job I have had, including those outside of mining. Additional physics and chemistry will likely prove beneficial depending on career path/ interests.