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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 searching 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 searching until you find it.
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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