Dump Truck Jobs Can Mean Financial Security
Dump truck jobs are often a subject of discussion when people are considering entering the mining industry. Unlike the much more labor intensive and infinitely more dangerous job of a traditional underground miner, the life of a driver is easier and more stable and can be quite profitable. It is well worth looking into if you are in need of employment.
There are many pros and cons to driving on mine sites. Aside from avoiding the health and safety issues of underground mining, driving requires no extraordinary education. You may need to take a training course to help you learn the specifics of navigating a site in an extra large piece of machinery, but that`s really all there is to it. Almost anyone can be qualified to work a surface excavation site.
The main argument against dump truck jobs is that they can become boring and repetitive. When it comes down to it, the basic description of the work is driving back and forth, into and out of a large hole in the ground, in order to haul away the waste material that is removed before extraction can begin. Many people find the work tedious but at the same time, you are out in the fresh air yet protected from the sun by the truck itself, so it isn`t without its advantages.
Another big advantage is the salary. Some drivers can earn upwards of $100,000 a year. Given the fact that drivers routinely only work about two thirds of the year, that`s not a bad return for your effort. Of course, while you are working you may be putting in 12 hours a day during a regular shift that includes two weeks on and one week off. While there is plenty of rest time built in, it can be tough hours to take.
Though working dump truck jobs can allow you to earn good money as part of the mining industry, it can be a tough area to break into. Often people already working in the industry will refer friends or family members for open positions, making it difficult for an outsider to get a break. But if you are persistent and if you have the proper training on your resume, you may be able to properly impress a potential employer.
As in almost any field, starting off at the lower levels of the employment spectrum is recommended. Since experience plays such a key role in all facets of the mining industry, it is almost impossible to gain higher level employment without paying your dues. This is true even in the pits of surface excavation operations.
The bottom line is that while there are many dump truck jobs available, you should proceed cautiously when trying to gain employment as a driver. Make sure you have the proper training and that you check any and all possible openings. You never know when your opportunity may pop up so you need to be prepared at all times.
You can earn a comfortable salary while enjoying the challenge and excitement of operating heavy machinery with a job at a surface mine. Look into the websites of the major companies for any openings and remember not to give up, persistence is the key. The right position is waiting for you; you just have to keep looking until you find it.
Dump Truck Jobs
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 worldâ€™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 Queenslandâ€™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
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 MineStarâ„˘
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.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.