For four years I have been selling an ebook called “How to get a job driving dump trucks” and have helped numerous people obtain jobs in mining – check out the testimonials!
However, in May 2016 I have removed the ebook from the website as I start a new direction in my career.
On my DumpTruckDiscovery facebook page, I have a regular post on Mondays called Monday Mentoring. Every week I feature a question from the public with my answer, all in the aid of helping you get into mining. You may have been thinking the same question but was afraid to ask.
So while the ebook is taking a ‘rest – possibly a refurbishment’, below is the best of the best Monday Mentoring FB questions grouped into 7 sections, to help you get a start.
- Finding jobs in mining
- Traineeships, courses and experience
- Mining job applications and interviews
- Health requirements and age
- About mining jobs
- FIFO lifestyle
- Not an Australian resident
1. Finding jobs in mining…
2. Traineeships, courses and experience…
Firstly, let me explain a ‘clean skin’ or ‘green skin’. This basically means an employee that is completely new to the mining industry. At every site I’ve worked at, we had the name ‘greenies’ for everyone that was new to driving dump trucks.
To become a dump truck driver, you will need to go through a traineeship program on a mine site. You will see job adverts stating either ‘trainee’ or ‘traineeship’ – both mean the same thing.
Each mining company run their training programs differently. The length of the training depends entirely upon you – how quickly you learn the basics and the techniques. Once you’ve been deemed competent to drive on your own, follow up training will occur over 6-12 months to refine your techniques to increase your efficiency.
In my history of being a dump truck trainer, trainees can take from 3 days to 3 weeks before they drive on their own. We allow trainees to learn at their own pace. Sometimes these big trucks can be a bit daunting in the beginning.
Sometimes you will see 1 or 2 year traineeships advertised. In these instances, the company provides you will full training that leads to the achievement of a Certifcate II. There are about 9 units to be completed, including Conduct Haul Truck Operations, whichtakes at least 12 months to complete.
Seems like traineeships are on everyone’s mind this month, so I wrote a blog about it. Contains 6 tips to help you start your journey towards a dump truck career.
A.P. was applying for traineeship in NSW. Typically, in WA and Qld, most of the traineeships run for about 2 weeks, or longer if you need more time until you reach a certain standard and confidence to drive on your own. In some places, you are on probation for approximately 3 months as well, and will be offered a permanent position if you can show your competency in operating a truck and good attitude to work.
However, there seems to be some coal mines in NSW that are offering 2 year traineeships, namely Tesa, Skilled and Peabody Energy. It really doesn’t take 2 years to learn to drive a truck. You will refine your skills and techniques within 6 months. What these companies offer is a Certificate II in mining. This means there is a number of units that must be completed, which can take up to 12 months. Mining companies that have their own RTO (Registered Training Organisation), can provide these mining certificates too, without the minimum 2 year service.
Two years does sound a bit excessive to me, however, they are providing a great training ground and enabling you to obtain 2 years’ experience. You have to decide what is more important.
Dump truck trainee positions can become available at any time of year, unlike trade apprenticeships which usually start advertising in the last quarter for the year to recruit for the following year.
In the last month I’ve posted 6 dump truck trainee positions from across Australia. However, the previous 5 months there were none! So there is no set month or season for when these positions arise. You have to remain constantly vigilant on job sites (like Seek) and ensure you’re still active on each mining companys’ job alert system.
There is no course out there that will guarantee a job at completion. Think about people who go to University - I personally dedicated 3 years of my life to attend Uni without any guarantee of getting a job at the end.
Completing a course (or gaining knowledge) is only one half of the journey. The other half is the attention and dedication you place on your actions to get that job.
Last month I posted that due to the current economic decline in mining, there have been much fewer traineeships on offer. Therefore, it will require alot of work on your part to research, to ask questions, to look at other options, to constantly apply until you reach your goal. If you tend to give up easy, then you make the distance.
More details on whether its worth doing the dump truck course on the following blog:
If Charles is asking who is a good dump truck training company, then there are 3 things he can do. Drive to their premises and check them out. Have a look at their office and classroom, the type of dump trucks, the area you will be driving in, will you be backing into a real life excavator and ask to see their certifications. If you end up at someones farm and will be doing the training in a paddock, then that will be a hint to walk away. Also, you can Google the company’s name for any reviews that have been posted online by previous customers. There is a list of reputable dump truck training companies in my ebook “How to get a job driving dump trucks”.
Every dump truck training centre in Australia is independently owned. Therefore, they each have their unique way of conducting their training (number of days & cost). The course content will be similar as they have to tick every box in the assessment, as defined by the national accreditation governing body.
I would be looking for an organisation that conducts their training in either operating or unused quarries or at least conduct training in a similar environment that involves backing up to an excavator, so you can experience loading and dumping.
Just Google dump truck training courses in your local area, study their websites, call them to ask for more details and then choose the one that will best fit your needs.
Success rate is excellent everywhere –they will train and guide you until you’re competent.
You can refer to my blog for more information: tips in choosing a dump truck training course
In my eyes, if you’re not sure about up-skilling yourself, or whether you should offer your services for free to gain a little related experience on weekends, then you’re really not that serious about getting into mining.
It’s a tough industry to get into these days because everybody wants a part of the action. Think how you can differentiate yourself from the others when applying for trainee jobs. Extra skills/qualifications on your Resume may do the trick.
To increase your chances of success in anything you do in life, always invest in yourself.
I wouldn’t recommend paying for a course at the moment due to the current downturn in the mining industry (early 2016) – not many traineeships were posted this year. Therefore, look at getting skills other ways – learn to operate machinery while working for the local council or small earthmoving company. That experience will look more favourable on your resume. You can find more tips in my ebook “How to get a job driving dump trucks” or on the following blog:
Unfortunately, there doesn’t exist any online courses for general mining or entry level mining jobs as such.
You can however do courses at Uni or TAFE (technical college) for specialist fields - like geology, survey, engineers, trades (mechanical, refrigeration, fitters, welders etc).
You might find people telling you to get your Blue Card or White Card. These are usually done online but take care as there are lots of dodgy online courses out there. However, this is only useful if you get a job in construction - when a mine site is in construction mode, building the plants and infrastructure, then work your way into the operation side of things.
Absolutely it will. Even better if you have some experience behind you too. For example, operating smaller excavators and loaders in quarries, councils or with small earth moving contractors.
Just to let you know that there is a ‘hierarchy’ system in mining. If you’ve never worked in mining before, all operators start as a dump truck operator. Once you’ve proven your capabilities, efficiency and quality work, then you can ‘move up the ladder’ so to speak and start operating the ancillary equipment such as graders, dozers, loaders etc.
For heavy equipment jobs in mining (ie. operating dump trucks, graders, dozers, loaders, excavators, shovels etc) the entry level job is driving dump trucks. Therefore a HR licence is first on your list.
Even if you did get your excavator or loader ticket, you will still be required to drive a dump truck first and be deemed competent to do so.
You can still get your excavator or loader ticket, however, I would recommend that you also get a job to start using those skills - with your local council or an earth moving company. The experience will look great on your resume.
If you've already got your loader or excavator ticket, then this will be a bonus on your resume if coupled with experience (not necessarily in mining).
Obtaining tickets and qualifications certainly does increase your chances, especially when compared to hundreds of other Resumes that don’t contain any. However, there are never any guarantees.
HR licence is a definite must for some sites in WA and Queensland. Why limit yourself to a certain number of sites – make yourself available to all mine sites and have the HR licence just in case.
Also, don’t stop at just obtaining your ticket. Now look for ways to gain experience using these new skills you have just received. That will be an added bonus to your resume.
Michael is referring to the HR licence – manual or automatic?? Short answer, you could go either. When I ask around site, I get two answers:
1. just get the auto as most of the light trucks and hiabs are auto these days
2. get the manual so it doesn’t limit your choices for job applications. Plus its handy if they should ask you to operate a machine that requires a manual HR (eg. on my last mine site I was able to drive a bus because I had my manual HR licence and one of the guys was regularly taken off dump truck to drive the float which was a manual).
So the manual may give you more opportunities to drive other smaller trucks on site but its not essential for everyone to have it. Supervisors will just use the people who already have their HR manual licence to do these odd jobs on site. Majority of the dump truck operators stay on dump trucks.
Your purpose will determine which one. So if your sole purpose is to drive dump trucks only, then go for the cheaper option because all they want to see is HR licence on your Resume (I have no idea why they make us have it when driving a dump truck is completely different!). If you think you will be applying for other entry level jobs to get into mining and don’t want to restrict yourself, then go for the manual.
Each state of Australia has a set of requirements/tickets that is required to work on a mine site. So if you are looking to get in, it would be a good idea to show these qualifications/tickets on your Resume, to place yourself ahead of others in the application process.
The S11 or Standard 11 induction is now mandatory to work on all mine sites in Queensland. Therefore, it is worth doing, even to show initiative and willingness to work in the industry. Unfortunately, you don't get the full certification until you spend a certain amount of hours on site - at least you are half way there.
Some mines in NSW require the Standard 11, however, the other states don't require it.
There are many types of jobs in mining and each one has its own list of qualifications, tickets and experience. There is no one general course to do that fits all mining jobs. Therefore, it will depend upon what type of work you want to do.
A white card will only help if you get a job working on construction sites as a labourer/tradesperson (including the construction of infrastructure on mine sites).
You will need to do your research on the type of job you are interested in.
As you’re all currently aware the Australian mining industry is currently in a downturn. The mining companies now have prime pickings from a pool of unemployed experienced operators.
The mining cycle has existed for centuries which means there will always be an upturn after a downturn but I don’t know when. So in the meantime you can gain experience from related industries, it will be on smaller machines but its still relevant experience eg. Operate machinery working for the local council or small earthmoving contracting companies. Get ready with transferable skills for when the next boom starts.
This one pulled my heart strings as I remembered how 11 years ago I offered one company to let me work for free for one week and if they still felt I was no good for the job, then I will walk away without a fuss. But they said they couldn't accept volunteer work.
And it still applies today. Please note that mining companies and contractors don't offer or accept volunteer work or work experience. There is too much training involved to make it viable.
You can refer to the following blog which gives some ideas on where to get transferable skills.
What you need to do is look for advertised traineeships. More details can be found on the following blog:
Not many traineeships have been advertised in the last 12 months due to the down turn in the mining industry. Therfore it will require a lot of effort and perseverance on your part - don't give up
3. Mining job applications and interviews…
Here are the basic steps to get you started.
- Get your Resume ‘mining’ ready. Does it contain the words that recruiters will be looking for? Resumes WA are one company that specialise in mining ready Resumes.
Create a job alert on ‘Seek’ using the keyword ‘mining - operations’ - the best for a whole range of mining job listings. Also sign up to job alerts directly on mining companies websites. I have a list of mining companies and contractors in my ebook at www.dumptruckdiscovery.com or Google for mining companies in your area/State.
- Then send/apply away. It becomes a game of numbers – you may have a lot of misses but eventually you will hit the winner!
Start promoting yourself by:
Set up a job alert with www.seek.com.au, where you will receive daily emails advising you of relevant new job vacancies. They call it a Jobmail. Set one up with the keyword of the type of job you are looking for, eg. Dump truck operator, welder, driller etc. Also set one up with the general keyword of ‘mining’ and get to see all types of mining jobs that become available.
Set up job alerts directly on all mining companies, contractors and recruitment agencies websites.
I never say don’t apply or don’t try as I don’t like limiting myself when I want to do something different. However, I will tell you how it is.
Because driving dump trucks has become popular and everyone wants to drive one, when there is a job advert for a trainee dump truck operator position, the company will receive hundreds, if not thousands of applications. That’s a lot of competition!
To make it easier for a recruiter to reduce the number of applications, they will put interstate or non-FIFO city people in the No pile. They will only look at people who are already living in the FIFO city. There is no delays with interviews and medicals because you are living in another state. They don’t have to worry about you relocating or needing time to find a home etc. Because when they make their decision, they’ll virtually want you to start soon thereafter.
Therefore, to increase your chances, you really do need to think how seriously you want the job and then consider seriously about relocating to a FIFO/DIDO city or town, or perhaps move to a mining town (eg. Kalgoorlie in WA or Mackay in Qld) before you start applying for jobs – have a local address on your resume.
Simple answer - absolutely YES!
Chris had applied last year with that company but was unsuccessful. My motto is - if at first you don't succeed, try again, but in a different way.
Change your cover letter and spruce up your resume. Add some things to it that will be eye catching to the mining industry - have you got a new job that involves shift work? Did you learn to operate small equipment at work, such as a bobcat or forklift? Every little bit helps.
Also, don't forget, recruiters change jobs all the time - so it could be different people reading the resumes and conducting the interviews.
Never give up.
A desperate plea from a member back in March 2015.
You may recall a few months back I posted a question to you all – what do you want to know about writing a cover letter? I promised you all that I would write a blog about it.
I do apologise for the delay, but I have finally completed the blog. Take a look – it has lots of examples for you.
Great to see you are actively out there getting all the necessary documentation to make your Resume stand out from the rest. So where to start applying:
1. sign up to www.seek.com.au and register a job alert for 'mining - operations
2. send your resume to all the mining companies for the states you want to work in. These days, mining companies only accept Resumes via online.
3. Recruitment agencies is your last resort simply because they don't get ask often to recruit for trainees. However, still worth contacting as they may be able to find some other entry level job for you that fits your current skills - then you can get your foot in the door.
She kindly sent me her resume and cover letter to get a second opinion. t a second pair of eyes as you never know what the 'tone' of your words sound like to others reading it.
I gave Amy some suggestions for improvement and recommended to get her resume professionally written, that will highlight her skills in a better way.
So I asked Adrianne from Resumes WA, an expert in writing mining ready resumes, why are resumes sometimes ignored. She came back with a blog - 5 Reasons Your Resume is Being Ignored.
http://dumptruckdiscovery.com/resume-health-check-5-reasons-resume-ignored/Always helpful to get a second pair of eyes as you never know what the 'tone' of your words sound like to others reading it.
I gave Amy some suggestions for improvement and recommended to get her resume professionally written, that will highlight her skills in a better way.
So I asked Adrianne from Resumes WA, an expert in writing mining ready resumes, why are resumes sometimes ignored. She came back with a blog - 5 Reasons Your Resume is Being Ignored.
I have read alot of resumes over my time and its the biggest let down for most people. Spelling mistakes, no clear headings, contains more obejctive remarks (that cant be proven) rather than facts, no achievements, the layout is messy etc. I plead with you all, take the time and spend a little money to get your resume professionally done. Do you research on resume writing companys and ask to sight some examples first. Ask for their experience in writing mining resumes.
I talk a lot about highlighting transferrable skills - skills that you currently have that are useful in mining. Do you have any idea what skills the mining company is looking for? Just read a job advert for an experienced dump truck operator to give you some clues. Below is a recent job advert from Newmont mining - take a look - what current skills can you apply into mining (working with a team, committed to safety, compliance with safe working practices etc)?
"Reporting to the Open Pit Supervisor, you will carry out all work activities associated with load and haul. Duties will include:
- Contributing to and participating in a flexible and motivated production crew, committed to safety and the achievement of quality production goals.
- Maintaining awareness of, and reporting any hazard or potential hazard on roads and benches.
- Optimising cycle time by correct positioning of truck under loading equipment and at dump locations
- Minimising ore spillage
- Performing dumping operations as per operating manual
- Understanding of and compliance with safe working practices
- Participating in safety meetings and training"
Speeding fines do not rule you out during the job application process. Nor if you have lost your license in the past. All that matters is if you have a current valid license at the time of application.
And you will need to keep that license current during your employment. Should you lose your license while employed, you will need to notify your boss as a company requirement. In some cases you can lose your job, and in other cases you might be lucky that they give you a different job role (that doesn’t require driving) until your license is returned to you.
Typically, you don’t need to provide a driving record during the recruitment process. However, I have heard that some mining companies in NSW will need to see a RTA report. Last year, one member was still asked to an interview even though she declared she had lost her license once (many years ago!).
Don’t worry about if you’ve got a chance or not, just apply!
It has been raised over the last couple of weeks about applying for residential jobs when you don’t live locally to the job advertised.
When a company advertises a job as ‘residential’, it means you must have your own local accommodation simply because they don’t provide it. When a company advertises a job as ‘FIFO ex Perth’, it means they will only fly workers from Perth.
In both situations, the company will first look at applications from locals only. That means even though you have mentioned in your cover letter that you are willing to relocate should you be successful, your Resume will still be placed in the No pile.
Mining is a popular industry that everyone wants to get into and mining companies receive hundreds or thousands of applications per job advertised. Therefore, they can choose to look local first. That way they don’t have to worry or wait for you to relocate, or wonder if you will find accommodation at all.
Therefore, consider before applying, should you relocate to a mining town to increase your chances.
Check out the interactive map below to view mine site locations for Australia.
The simple answer is no, there is no bias towards women or indigenous. Companies sometimes write that to show they are an equal opportunity employer. Basically it makes them look good and fair! Generally speaking, they are.
So don't be discouraged by what is written in an advert. Apply away, you have the same chance as anyone else
Over the last couple of months I have received several requests for interview tips. So even though we have a downturn in the mining industry, people out there are still able to get jobs in mining.
Over the weekend I wrote a blog about the 'must know' tips about mining job interviews. Good stuff you need to know before you go!
Each company conducts their interviews differently. Therefore, I will list all the tasks you could be asked to do so you can prepare yourself.
Aptitude tests: to measure your work-related cognitive abilities. You can google free aptitudes tests to practice online.
Comprehension tests. Usually in multiple choice format, to test your ability to read and follow instructions.
Numerical reasoning tests. I had to do this at one interview but now find it strange as I cant see the connection to driving dump trucks!
Small group activities. This is the fun part – building tall structures using newspapers, building a boat out of lego etc. You’ll be watched by a couple of assessors – they’ll be looking for how well you work as a team as well as identify any natural leaders.
Interview. Finally you will have a one-on-one interview with a recruiter or mine supervisor.
- If the interview process involves two or more days, you’ll also get a mine tour, possibly a ride in a dump truck and test your driving abilities in a simulator machine.
In my ebook , I have written a chapter on interviews, listing all the questions you could be asked. Too many to list here. Its helpful to take a look at this list and prepare your answers and practice at home before your interview. In the meantime, you can prepare yourself with the following:
- be prepared with enthusiasm for the industry.
- Try to think of a time where you performed something safe in the workplace. If no recent working experience, think of something at home.
- List your strengths and weaknesses.
- Be yourself.
Don’t worry, you’re not expected to rock up in hi-vis gear (yellow shirts etc)?
It’s not a business interview either, so no need for suits, ties and classy office wear.
Therefore, you need the in-between. The way I dressed for my mining job interviews was ‘smart casual’ attire – plain trousers, white shirt and closed, flat shoes. Simple is best. The guys were dressed the same way – trousers, shirts (without tie) and closed shoes.
Jeans, t-shirts and sneakers may be a little too casual for your first mining job interview. You still want to make an impression. Once you have gained experience and start to look for jobs with other companies, then you’ll be able to dress more casually – they’ll be assessing your experience rather than your attire.
4. Heath requirements and Age…
Firstly, I recommend that you contact the licensing department as each state has different rules regarding certain health issues and driving. My friend was involved in a car accident and they took away her WA licence until she was able to go through 12 months with no dizzy spells and fainting. Thankfully she has her truck licence back now and no further health issues.
Absolutely! Never let age deter you or what others think you should be doing at any age. I always say follow your dream and passion and then it wont feel like work!
I did post a blog last year on this very topic.
I've seen mature aged people employed in mining every year, so it is possible. However, as we're currently in a mining downturn, you'll face the challenge of competing with hundreds of experienced operators who are out of work.
Mining is a cyclical industry. We're in the middle of the downturn, which means only one thing - the upswing should be arriving anytime now! I just dont know exactly when.
For more notes about Age and working in mining, you can read one of my earlier blogs:
5. About mining jobs…
I remember my first day in a dump truck. I was so excited and amazed to be sitting so high off the ground. I could see for miles. The view was fantastic.
But I never knew how to describe the feeling of driving one of these big monsters until I had one of the office girls jump into my truck to go for a spin one day. As soon as I departed from the goline, her first words were, “Wow, this is like a moving ship but on land”. She described it perfectly. Its like I’m steering my own ship – coasting at a steady pace. It slowly changes up through the gears to gain speed and vv. Sometimes we’re lucky to go up a ramp in second gear. You cant go faster than 60km/hr. On some mine sites you may be speed limited to 30 or 40km/hr (reduce heat in the tyres).
While it sounds great and easy, the hard part is remaining continually focused and alert while you drive for 12 hour shift.
I can interpret 'the big deal' in two ways.
If you're asking in terms of why so many people want to drive a dump truck, I would have to say its for the money. Dump truck driving is highly paid and is the highest paid entry level job in mining. Majority of people are only getting into mining because they need the money - to pay their high mortgages and still enjoy life. What alot of people dont realise is that working on a roster, you have less time to enjoy life, especially if you're on a 2/1 or 3/1 roster and it is stressful on families. So it does have its advantages and disadvantages.
If you're asking in terms of why is it so hard to get a dump truck job, its because you have so much competition out there. Thanks to the media, now everybody wants a piece of the mining action and dollars. When a trainee position is advertised, the recruiters quite often receive thousands of applications. The company I work for advertised at the beginning of the year and received 3000 applications but only had 12 positions to fill. These odds make it difficult for every job seeker to be given a go.
A shutdown doesnt mean that the mine is closing down. It means the processing plant at the mine is temporarily closing for its regular maintenance.
Therefore, they call in specialist people and trades assistants required for the shutdown. The jobs required vary from site to site - electricians, boilermakers, welders, scaffolders, tradies etc. The jobs are listed with the mining company or recruitment agency and they will let you know what skills/tickets are required for the job.
Shutdowns can typically last from 2 - 7days. They dont like to keep the mill down for too long.
At KCGM they have CAT 793D trucks. Its good that you have a HR licence to open all mining doors for you – some companies want you to have your HR licence and some don’t. However, it does not qualify you to operate a dump truck – you still need to find a trainee role to get on-the-job training. The trucks are so completely different that I don’t understand why the companies want us to have a HR licence. However, it does come in useful when we are required to operate other machinery on the mine site eg. buses, floats, semi trucks/road trains etc.
Job share is slowly creeping into mining but currently you will only see available in the company’s head office in major cities/towns or for office jobs on residential mine sites (mine site located next to a town).
For operator jobs, such as driving dump trucks, I have not heard of any job sharing opportunities. These jobs are on a roster system to begin with, such as 2 weeks on/1 week off or 1 week on/1 week off. For a FIFO role, flying operators in/out during a swing to swap out is not a cost effective option. If it was to be considered by mining companies, I envisaged it would start in residential mine sites (people live locally and therefore don’t have to worry about the extra cost of flights).
It doesn’t mean it will never happen, as economic and workplace situations change all the time, however, I think you will find it difficult at the moment to find job sharing for operator type jobs.
Update August 2016: The site I work at has just trailled for 6 months a job share for a married couple (dump truck operators) as they have 3 children to look after. It has worked well and hopefully shows a precedent for other mining companies to do the same. In saying that, perhaps it has worked well as we work at a residential mine site (the mine site next to the town).
A fair enough statement. People are attracted to the money you can earn from driving dump trucks, however, don’t know enough about the job entails. You do work long hours – driving 12 hours a day. You only get 30-40min lunch breaks with one or two smokos. Although you do drive ‘around in circuits’ all day (from pit to dump or crusher back to pit), most mine sites have a number of pits or dump locations to provide variation to your day. Most importantly, you must be able remain focused for the whole 12 hours – ensure you don’t make wrong turns, don’t dump in the wrong location and avoid collisions with other machinery. You do have to use your brain as such!
This has varied on every mine site that I have worked at. Examples of the breaks that I have expeienced on the mine sites that I have worked at:
- 10 min morning smoko + 30 min lunch + 10 min afternoon smoko
- 10 min morning smoko + 30 min lunch
- 10 min morning smoko + 40 min lunch + 10 min afternoon smoko
- 30 min break + 30 min break (2 breaks during the day to ensure we dont drive for longer than 5 hours max at a time)
The only other time you get a break is when the digging machine breaks down - yippee Standby Time!
6. FIFO lifestyle…
WA and Queensland are your two big mining states. They will typically offer FIFO jobs from major cities within that state eg. Perth or Brisbane/Mackay. Or you could go residential - live in a mining town. eg. Kalgoorlie for WA or Moranbah for Queensland. There are many others.
So while we do have people working in WA mines and live on the east coast, bear in mind that companies wont pay for your airfare from the east coast - only from the closest FIFO city eg. Perth. You then pay for the connecting flights.
If you're looking for traineeships, they will tend to employ people already living in the FIFO city:
- you're readily available for an interview
- they don't have to wait for you to relocate to the FIFO city.
This is a question I'm asked often. This is the reason why I dedicated two chapters in my ebook to advise readers what camp life and mining life is like.
And it appears its the same all over the country. As you know I work in WA and so I've invited a guest blogger this month that works in Queensland, called Mad Mumzie. Another crazy girl driving dump trucks and loving it. Everything she has written I can totally relate to. Might be a good idea to read her blog first before you start embarking on a mining career to drive dump trucks - Are you cut out to be a dump truck operator?
We sure do! The number of leave days varies according to the type of roster you're working and the company.
When working for a mining company direct, typically a 2/1 roster will get up to 28 days annual leave and a 1/1 roster may get up to 17 days annual leave.
When working for a contractor, they may or may not give you paid leave
I love this question, because its one that not many people think of - all they see is the dollars!
You are correct, most mining jobs are FIFO and most are not located near a town. It is much easier if you don’t have children, like myself, however I often joke that looking after my parents is enoughJ
Step 1: Its very important that the whole family discusses your change of career before you start applying because you will need the support of your family to be able to work away for 1-3 weeks at a time (depending upon your roster). Your partner needs to understand that he/she will become the master of the house and its so important that the children understand too (avoid the resentment that can appear when a parent is never home).
Step 2: Ensure that there will be a support group for your family to reach out to because it will be difficult in the beginning. Mining Family Matters and FIFO Families are a couple of support groups that started in Perth and is now Australia wide.
7. Not an Australian resident…
Please note that I'm not a recruitment agency. I provide help and advice through an ebook, Facebook page and blogs for Australians wanting to work in the mining industry.
Australian mining companies are currently not employing from overseas for operator jobs. Dump truck driving is not listed on the Australian government list of needed professions.
Also note, that I am not able to assist with immigration.
More details can be found at the following blog: Finding a dump truck job if you live overseas
Wow Atila, that is certainly great experience that any mining company here would snap up. But unfortunately Australian mining companies don’t employ from overseas for dump truck operators – only if you have a skill that Australia is lacking or you have a specialist skill. Refer to the links in the blog below for further information on other types of visas that are available and to check whether it is applicable to you. I'm unable to help with immigration.
I do get this enquiry from time to time. Especially as we get alot of travelling visitors to Australia and would like to make some extra money!
Unfortunately, mining companies do not employ people who are in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. They wont consider you because you are not here long term.
You would have to look at other avenues - different type of Australian working visas - if you want a permanent change to a mining career.
I cannot help with visas or immigration. However, you can refer to the following blog for some tips on where to start researching: