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We’ve heard through media reports that mining jobs are almost impossible to get for new starters entering the industry. Here’s a positive spin on entry level mining jobs – they’re still out there and if you read on, you’ll understand why.
Over half the workforce at BMA`s new Daunia mine in Queensland prove that entry-level mining jobs are still within reach of ordinary people.
According to a report on ABC Rural`s website, the BMA Daunia mine is proof, you don’t have to be a seasoned mine worker to get to the front of the line when mining jobs come about. You just often need the right training and mindset to get a foot in the door.
“almost 50% of new workers had no previous mine experience”
Forty seven per cent (nearly 200) of BMA`s employees at the mine have never worked in mining before, and come from such diverse backgrounds as teaching, office work and junior rugby league refereeing.
It’s a great job driving giant haul trucks
The workers interviewed by the ABC were sourced from Cairns and Brisbane to work as trainee operators of the mammoth 17-tonne CAT haul trucks at the Moranbah coal mine on a fly-in fly-out basis.
Human resource manager Brendan Storer said: “Some people haven’t driven anything larger than a family car before.”
He says the size of the equipment is one of the biggest challenges for people who’ve never been on a mine site before.
“We’ve got really good supervisors and really good trainers and assessors, so we’ve invested heavily in this training.”
Mining job realities
Trainees interviewed said they were working 7 day on, 7 day off rosters and although the 12 hour shifts were challenging, they were happy to be learning new skills and found they were actually able to spend more time with their families due to FIFO and the rosters giving them a full week off.
Read more about Fly In Fly Out Mining Jobs here:
- FIFO jobs overview
- New Queensland coal mine creates new BMA jobs in mining
- Queensland FIFO mining activity increases
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5 day haul truck course Brisbane
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Reference: Entry Level Mining Jobs | BMA Daunia mine almost 50% of new workers have no previous mining experience
Dump Truck Operator Salaries
How much do dump truck production operators 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 hourly wage (includes bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$42 based on 24 pay reviews.
With so many different and conflicting articles about salaries, it's difficult to know what the exact take home 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 area of Blackwater, earn an average of 39.7% more than the national average. Dump Truck Operators also get more money 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
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