- Rio Tinto is again proving it is committed to equipment innovation by testing four Chinese-made haul trucks in its Tom Price Pilbara mining operation. The haul trucks are manufactured by the Chinese truck maker XEMC (Xingtan Electric Manufacturing Corporation) and it is the first time Rio Tinto have purchased custom built dump trucks from China. This year, Rio expects to invest around $1.5 billion on purchases
from China. It’s estimated that around 33% of Rio Tinto’s† Pilbara rolling stock is Chinese-made.
- Rio Tinto Mining Jobs. Rio are currently advertising jobs at their Cape Lambert operation in the Pilbara. The mining job roles are varied and range from experienced mechanical fitters to online maintenance personnel. Apply for these on the mining careers website.
- Monadelphous has won a $320 million contract for construction and maintenance work at Rio Tinto`s iron ore mining operations in the Pilbara.
- AngloGold Ashanti Australia will step up a recruitment drive for its Tropicana gold mine at next week`s Goldfields Mining Expo. According to AngloGold`s vice-president of corporate affairs and human resources, the company is embarking on a Goldfields-focused recruitment drive for the FIFO Tropicana operation, 330km east-northeast of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
- Mining productivity is expected to turn around and post big gains over the next decade, however the sector growth of employment is not expected to be that of the previous year, a latest report says. It follows a decline in mining productivity in recent years as resources companies snapped up employees. People looking to get into the mines should be considering their career options and start to follow closely the mining and exploration activities of the top mining companies in Australia. Up-skilling is an important consideration for people hoping to move into a career in mining. You have to be mine-ready by completing a mining† induction course, mine machinery training or management courses that will increase your employment opportunities in the mines.
- Like it or not, FIFO is here to stay. With nearly half of all resources companies using some form of FIFO arrangements, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy believes it will remain critical to maintaining a viable resources sector in a tight labour market.
- Gold miner Apex has reported a 22.7% increase in its quarterly production for the three months to September, as its Wiluna operation, in Western Australia, continued to deliver.
- Mine workers without the formal qualifications have an opportunity to broaden their mining career prospects as part of a drive by mining companies to retain staff in the West Australian Goldfields. The Paraprofessional mining engineering program is a collaboration between the Goldfields Institute of Technology, The WA School of Mines (Curtin University) and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia. The program aims to help companies retain and attract experienced staff whilst giving the course participants access to learning that will increase their qualifications and career opportunities in the mining and resource sector. Most of the course will be delivered online and on the job over a period of 18 months. This again highlights the opportunities the mining industry can give for those people who have a real interest in furthering their career in the mines. Mining jobs such as OHS and Mining Supervisors are continually being advertised on the mining jobs boards. These mining specific training courses are not difficult to complete and can be often completed on and off-line.
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