Dump Truck Operator Jobs in the mines.
Dump truck driving jobs are being advertised on the big jobs boards again. There are hundreds of jobs going. This year, we’ve seen a big rise in the number of mining jobs for haul truck/dump truck operators. Yes there’s plenty of operator jobs for experienced operators, although being an inexperienced dump truck operator also has its advantages and at times, mining contractors and employers will advertise for ‘new operators’ to apply.
Dump Truck Operator jobs are always advertised in locations such as the open-cut coal mines of the Bowen Basin in Queensland, to the harsh and remote iron ore mines in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.
If you’re completely new to this type of work and you’re still thinking about it – here’s your chance to do something about it. Get the training and be confident in yourself to know where to look for the jobs and how to get experience.
Wherever you want to work, you will need to make sure you can safely drive these large trucks and be ready to adapt to mine life before you start applying for Dump Truck Operator jobs.
Do dump truck driving qualifications make a difference?
The basic truth is, without the right qualification, you’re chances of scoring a good job in the mines driving a dump truck are scarce. Safety is the biggest priority for mining companies – learn that and you’re already way ahead of everyone else. By doing your dump training course, you are learning on the big trucks. These trucks are huge – and the ones you’ll be driving on a real mine site are the size of a small apartment block (and most of them are left hand drive too).
Start to create your own list of these job boards and learn what the mining companies are looking for in terms of skills, experience and willingness to work FIFO in remote areas of WA and QLD.
There are always dump truck jobs advertised on the big online mining jobs boards like SEEK, Indeed and JORA.
Are all dump trucks the same?
There are many different sizes, makes and models of dump truck driving around mine sites, yet they all function relatively the same. The most common dump trucks in Australia are Caterpillar, Terex, Hitachi, Liebherr and Komatsu.
Who are the top Dump Truck job advertisers?
Here are the companies and recruiters advertising dump truck production operator jobs in the mines
- Adaptive Resourcing Pty Ltd
- Amalgam Recruitment
- Black Wolf Consulting
- Chandler Macleod Group
- Corestaff Perth
- Davidson Projects & Operations
- Denison Gas
- Findmea Pty Ltd
- Fletcher Bros Solutions Pty Ltd
- Global Product Search
- GO2 Recruitment
- Hays Resources & Mining
- MACFORCE Australia Pty Ltd
- MGC Solutions Pty Ltd
- One Key Resources Pty Ltd
- Premium Mechanical Group
- Programmed Skilled Workforce
- Randstad – Construction, Property & Engineering
- Scotford Fennessy
- Stellar Recruitment
- Thiess Pty Ltd
- Top Skill Pty Ltd
- Trinity MSAS
- Veolia Australia & New Zealand
- Westgold Resources Limited
- WorkPac – Biloela
- WorkPac – Gladstone
- WorkPac – Kalgoorlie
- WorkPac – Mackay
- WorkPac – Mackay Project Services
Different types of dump trucks
Mechanical Dump Truck
- Caterpillar 773
- Caterpillar 777
- Caterpillar 785
- Caterpillar 789
- Caterpillar 793
- Caterpillar 797
Electric dump trucks
- Komatsu 830 electric drive
- Komatsu 930E electric dump truck
- Komatsu 730E electric dump truck
- Terex MT3700
- Terex 4400
- Terex 5500
- Terex 6300
- Hitachi EH5000
- Liebherr T284
You’ll also find mine sites such as Roy Hill in W.A. and Daunia in Queensland are choosing electric/hybrid trucks over the diesel-powered ones.
us, 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
Many mine sites run a variety of dump trucks. Some are new and some are older models, however, their basic operation remains the same and you can expect the majority of them to be left hand drive too.
Safety is a primary focus for all dump truck operators, so it is important to have the correct certification before you set foot on a mine site.
What does it look like inside a dump truck?
If you know a little bit about the inside of a dump truck can and how to drive safely you will be well ahead of other candidates when you send in your resume for that all-important job. For new starters who don’t have much experience, this is where you can show an employer you may not have the driving experience, but you know the ins and outs of the machinery and have taken the time to study how everything works. That’s why you need to do some of your own research and find out all you can about these massive machines.
As part of your dump truck operator training course, you’ll be given access to a lot of reading material so you can prepare well in advance. You can also watch these Dump Truck Videos to help you familiarise yourself with the training.
How much is dump truck training?
These monster trucks are the workhorse of the mining industry. The training you’ll be doing is well worth the investment because the machines you train on are worth more than a million dollars. When you’re in the cab and driving this huge piece of machinery around a mine site, you’ll realise it was money well spent – because once you’re in a mining job, there’s so many more opportunities to learn how to drive other vehicles such as roller, compactors, water trucks, excavators, dozers and scrapers.
Not only will you be learning on the biggest training trucks in Australia, you’ll be operating machinery on a site working with other operators.
When you consider your starting wage of around $100k+ is attainable, it is well worth investing the money to get the qualification.
Qualifications and tickets
- Current Standard 11
- Current Coal Board Medical (QLD)
- RII competencies
- Site inductions (BMA Core Induction)
Typical FIFO benefits associated with Dump Truck Operations
- Camp and Meals
- BIBO Camp to Site
- Fantastic modern site with great facilities
- 7/7 Roster – Straight Day/Night
- 12 Hour Shifts
- Super Paid on all Hours
- Ongoing role for an Immediate Start
- PPE uniforms supplied
- Great rates of pay
- Includes paid breaks
- Weekly pay
- Ongoing work with an industry leader
- Steady/stable work – Permanent work after a short probation period
- Working with a team that promotes safety, team work and a positive attitude
- Great site culture and high safety standards
- Fantastic camp which include rooms with TV and air-con, gym, pool, sporting facilities, convenience store
- Good WIFI and Telstra coverage at the camp
Tasks and duties of a Dump Truck Operator
- Inspecting the truck from tyres, lights and brakes to fuel, oil and water
- Performing pre- and post-trip inspections
- Keeping the dump truck clean and in good working order
- Inspecting material to ensure it has been loaded correctly and securely
- Reviewing shipping documents to verify data is accurate
- Maintaining a driver log
- Dumps & Tip Head Experience
- Pre-start checks on machinery
- Maintain equipment
Personal attributes employers are looking for
- Strong understanding and adherence to OHS procedures and practices
- Passionate about what you do
- Great attitude towards safety and team work
- Positive attitude
- Safe history as a Dump Truck Operator
- Current Driver’s Licence
- Minimum 6 months experience working on a mine/quarry site
- Right to Work in Australia
- Maintain fitness for work, pass a pre-employment medical & drug and alcohol testing.
- Provide 2 references relating to your Dump Truck skills and experience
- Previous experience in operating heavy earth moving equipment
- Valid & contactable references
- Operate equipment safely
- Follow company policies and procedures
- Valid Police Clearance
- Understading your obligations under the Qld Coal Mining Safety and Health Act and Regulations