33,000 jobs to be filled in WA by next year - iMINCO Mining Training Information

33,000 jobs to be filled in WA by next year

Western Australia alone needs to fund an extra 33,000 skilled workers by the end of 2012, as the skills shortage across resource and construction industries continues to worsen.

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy has compiled a report on the growth outlook for the state, which found that if the positions aren`t filled, it could have dire consequences for projects in terms of budget and time frames and may ruin Western Australia`s reputation as a competitive mining market.

It is reported that the 10-year forecast of labour and infrastructure report, to be released today, shows an extra 34,000 skilled workers need to be employed in resource projects in the Pilbara alone and says direct employment in the sector will soon pass 120,000 across WA, making up 10 per cent of the state`s workforce.

The shortage is expected to be most dire when projects including Gorgon, Pluto and BHP Billiton`s Pilbara expansion reach their peaks.

90 % to fly in , fly out

As many as 90 per cent of the workforce will be employed on fly-in, fly-out contracts, which is sure to further add to the already hot debate on fly in, fly out work

About 85 per cent of the additional FIFO workers will be based in Perth or Peel and the remainder interstate.

Most of the positions will need to be made up from foreign workers, as nearly all WA residents are already employed.

In January, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the government is considering assisting 20,000 skilled migrants to enter Australia, and the rates of Irish relocating here is at record levels.

Earlier this month an online forum was unveiled to allow for discussion about the skills shortage and attempt to find solutions.

Mining Job Information

Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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