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Driving A Dump Truck Is A Key Mining Function

Dump TruckA dump truck isn`t necessarily the first piece of equipment most people think about when they consider the job of a miner, but these big rigs are actually an essential part of many operations. Because all mining does not take place below ground, there are many different facets of the job and in surface or open pit mining, there are many kinds of heavy machinery that come into play.

Unlike traditional below ground mines, surface excavations involve stripping away large amounts of soil and rock at a time. Moving that kind of load requires the use of heavy machinery that can include excavators and earthmovers. Because these vehicles are larger and heavier than standard vehicles, they require special training and a special license to operate.

Often, the license needed to operate a dump truck will also cover the operation of other pieces of heavy equipment. And getting such a license will require specific training that not only encompasses the basics of driving but also the specifics of manoeuvering around an excavation site, which can be a very tricky proposition.

There are many potential hazards on a standard surface mining site. These can include holes, gradients and even pedestrians. As most sites are heavily populated with workers, it is necessary for drivers to move carefully in order to avoid accidents. Even the slightest misstep can cause a vehicle to pitch or tip over and the results can be devastating.

The safe operation of a dump truck, excavator or other piece of heavy equipment is essential to the overall mining operation. Without this equipment to haul away excess waste, it is impossible for the mine to make progress. And this same equipment is also needed to carry the product of the mining operation to the smelting facility so that it can be properly processed.

Of course, driving is only one of the responsibilities that a heavy equipment operator will have. There will also be lifting and hauling, which usually requires the operator to be physically fit and capable of putting in long hours of manual labor. While the job doesn`t require any particular education, it does require stamina and strength as well as a clear head.

Particularly at mines, where safety is of the utmost importance, there are generally strict safety measures that must be followed by each dump truck operator. Employers will pay close attention to make sure you are adhering to all workplace rules and do not present a health or safety issue. You`ll also need to maintain a clean driving record, free of traffic violations.

If you are up to the challenge and want to be a part of the mining industry but don`t feel that working underground is something for you, consider the many opportunities available at surface mining sites. Operating heavy machinery such as a dump truck or excavator may be your key to gainful employment and the perfect way for you to become an active member of one of Australia`s most profitable and productive industries.

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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

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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
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