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A new Bowen Basin mine project has been given the go-ahead to start drilling to locate a massive coking coal deposit.
The Consuelo Project in the Bowen Basin is managed by International Coal, which has been in the planning stages for years – is finally seeing some activity.
ALL TRADES- Shutdown Work
Work is various from 2 7 day shutdown across various sites, in the Bowen Basin. Accommodation and a transport can be provided.
To Apply you must have the below:
- Transport and a valid Drivers License
- Trade Qualifications or experience working as a skilled Trades Assistant
- Standard 11 Induction Training & Coal Board Medical
- Various Competencies such as Rigging, Confined Space and Working at Heights
- Available for work starting this month!
Ideally you will have some or all of the below site inductions:
- BMA – Saraji, Peak Downs, Blackwater
- Glencore – Rolleston and Collinsville
- Anglo – Foxleigh and Moranbah North
- Hail Creek
- Curragh Mine
New Bowen Basin mine could have 20 year + life-cycle
In a recent notification to the Australian Stock Exchange, International Coal (ASX: ICX) has indicated it has been granted the last of three tenures comprising the highly prospective Consuelo coking coal project in Queensland`s Bowen Basin.
Drilling operation are now starting to get into gear as the race is on to discover the actual size of the coal deposit.
The mining company is working hard with its legal teams tenement advisors to finalise payments to local indigenous communities with a view to conducting compensation agreements and cultural heritage clearances for the area in preparation for drilling operations.
“The new drilling program will help define the location of the coal and its quality”
One of the Bowen Basin coal seams is expected to hold some of the shallowest soft coking coal coal seams, which is currently being developed with Coal Face Resources. If all goes to plan, coal production could begin as early as 2016 to early 2017. This would be followed by the investment in underground longwall mining in around 2020.
Details of the Bowen Basin Consuelo Project
The Consuelo Project, which consists of 3 separate titles, has an expectation of yielding between 800 million and 1,700 million tonnes of high grade coal.
The mining area itself is located around 15 km off the existing Blackwater Rail line to Gladstone and sits between Glencore Xstratas’ Rolleston Mine, which produces 8 million tonnes per annum and Bandanna Energy`s Arcadia Project that has an Inferred Resource of around 273 million tonnes.
The Consuelo Project is a huge mining operation and even if only 50 per cent of the expected target tonnage is proven to exist and coal quality is of a high grade, then the project could support a substantial mining operation in the Bowen Basin.
Nearby, the Rolleston mining operation owned by Glencore Xstrata, has an Ore Reserve of 173 million tonnes with an expected mine life in excess of 20 years – even without additional expansion.
International Coal has begun discussions with rail and port providers hoping for a solution which will allow it access to the Blackwater rail system after 2016. The Blackwater rail network currently delivers coal from a number of mines in the Bowen Basin, including Glencore Xstrata’s Rolleston mine, to the Port of Gladstone.
What does this project mean for Queensland mining jobs?
With so many mining projects on the drawing board in Queensland, it can be difficult for mining jobseekers to see where the job opportunities are. As with most proposed coal mining projects in Queensland and throughout Australia, the time taken from mining approvals to the creation of mining jobs for Queenslanders’ can often be many months, if not years.
Develop a career in the mining industry
This is one of the frustrations people feel when they are searching for ways to develop a career in the mining industry in Queensland. Immediate jobs are the goal of many people as they seek to earn a high salary in a short space of time.
This is true for a lot of people, however, there are other ways of viewing the long timeframes to bring a mine into full production. For opportunistic and forward thinking individuals, this is the perfect time to decide on a career in the mining industry.
Job planning, training, education and experience do take time to master – no matter what profession a person decides is right for their situation. This being the case, the Bowen Basin Consuelo Project is another example of an opportunity for mining career seekers to think about preparing for a job in the mines.
Entry-level mining jobs
Getting the right mining training courses completed combined with real-world experience in mining or quarrying industries, is a sure-fire way to prepare the ground for career advancement. Entry-level mining jobs are a great way for people who are searching for a mining job to get a foot-in-the-door.
Simplistic jobs such as cleaners, hospitality workers, chef’s, general hands, labourers and trades assistants can often turn into full time mining jobs operating heavy machinery like dump trucks and excavators – or even into management, human resources and training and assessing roles.
Self-education is the best way to increase your income
Many people have started at the bottom and worked their way up the ladder by working hard and studying at the same time. Self-education is the best way to increase your income in the mining industry. There’s no shortage of opportunities for enthusiastic and self-motivated people who want to carve out a solid future in the industry.
- Are you searching for a way into a mining job in the Bowen Basin? Start with the right training and consider enrolling in the Mining Induction course (Standard 11 Induction Training)
- Are you a new starter who wants to see if job on the Consuelo Project is right for you? Read about new starters in the mining industry.
- Are you a tradesman or machinery operator searching for ways to break into the Queensland coal mining sector? Upgrade your qualifications and get mine-ready.
- 1> Get your copy of the iMINCO mining jobs book. This is an absolutely free e-book that shows you exactly what you need to do to beef up your mining job chances.
- 2> Get your copy of the iMINCO “Experts Guide to Entry Level Mining Jobs book“. This is a good read for new starters who have never worked in mining before.
- 3 > Learn about the mining industry and get weekly updates in your mailbox with iMINCO Project News.
- Move into mine-site management by completing a Supervisors course G1, G8, G9 (online Supervisor training courses are available too)
Dump Truck Operator Salaries
How much can a dump truck production operator earn in the mines?
Depending on where you live, or which state the mine is located in, as you can see from the information below, the salaries are very different. In Queensland and New South Wales, mining wages are pretty much the same for Dump Truck Operators. Working at a Western Australian mine you can expect to earn about 20% more than if you worked in QLD or NSW.
Dump truck operator jobs are advertised on SEEK and other mining jobs boards regularly.
According to online jobs website Indeed (au.indeed.com), the average salary for a Dump Truck Production Operator in Australia is $41.98 per hour. Salary estimates are based on 326 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Dump Truck Drivers. The data was collected from past and present job ads on Indeed over the last 36 months.
Payscale.com Dump Truck Driver Pay Estimates
Looking at the salary of an entry-level Dump Truck Driver with less than 1 year experience, you can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$33.75 based on 24 salaries. You can see how this differs from the Indeed overview of $41.98.<.p>
A recently new Dump Truck Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total pay of AU$30.65 based on 73 salaries. A mid-experienced Dump Truck Driver with 5-9 years of proven operational work, can earn about AU$27.73 based on 34 salaries. An experienced Dump Truck Driver with 10-19+ years of experience earns an average total compensation of AU$25.72 based on 14 salaries.
With so many different and conflicting reports, it's difficult to know what the pay is for a Dump Truck Operator.
Blackwater, Queensland Dump Truck Salaries +40%
According to Payscale.com, Dump Truck Operators in the Queensland Bowen Basin are of Blackwater, earn an average of 39.7% more than the national average. Dump Truck Operators also get higher than average wages in Western Australia (26.6% more) and Kalgoorlie (17.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Melbourne, Victoria (19.6% less), Brisbane, Queensland (16.2% less) and Sydney, New South Wales (14.3% less).
SEEK mining job salaries for dump truck production operators
What are dump truck operator employers looking for?
The following list is a collection of requirements you'll find in most advertised dump truckk operator jobs
- Experience operating CAT trucks
- A willingness to work rotating rosters
- Ability to contribute and work positively in a team environment
- Able to pass a pre-employment medical including drug and alcohol test
- Competitive Hourly Rate plus super on all hours worked
- Current Drivers Licence
- Current Standard 11 or willing to obtain a Standard 11
- Have a strong commitment to safety and Zero Harm and ensure this is a
- priority and at the forefront of all your decision-making
- Have a strong work history
- High level of safety awareness
- Relevant current RII Competencies
- Relevant RII/ SSE sign offs/ Competencies
- Right to work in Australia - Birth Certificate or Australian Passport
- Sound Work History
- Be reliable and a team player
About the Bowen Basin
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.