Mining Contractors in Australia
Getting a foot in the door in a mining career starts with finding out who the contracting companies and labour hire specialists are that contract to the big mining companies.
iMINCO has built a big list of the largest mining contractors in Australia, so you can start to research the ones you’d like to work for.
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BGC Contracting's two operational business units (Mining and Civil) deliver a wide range of mining and construction services across the resources, oil and gas, government infrastructure, building and manufacturing sectors.
- BG Group (QCS)
Although BG Group are based in the UK, they are a leading player in the global energy market with operations in more than 25 countries over five continents. BG Group entered Australia to develop coal seam gas projects and construct and own a liquefied natural gas plant. Their plans are for an initial two-train 8.5 mtpa plant, with first LNG in 2014 and potential for expansion. Australia is a key growth asset and central to BG Group`s LNG strategy.
As a global engineering, construction, and project management company, they are building some of the biggest infrastructure on the planet. In Australia they've built mines, ports, smelters, power stations, and refineries, helping to develop local resources and industry since 1954.
- CMC Group
The CMC Group has a growing construction portfolio with annual turnover exceeding $200 million and a team of more than 300 staff. CMC has established itself as a major multidisciplinary construction group servicing the mining and resource, gas and water sectors throughout regional and metropolitan Queensland.
- Drill Torque
Drill Torque is one of the largest contract drilling companies based in Queensland, with a highly trained and skilled workforce and rig fleet geared to meet the growing needs of Australia's ever-expanding resources sector. They have facilities in Townsville and a support depot in Cloncurry, and are strategically located to service the Mount Isa belt, Bowen Basin, Surat Basin and the Northern Territory.
- Downer EDI
Downer EDI Limited (Downer) is a leading provider of engineering and infrastructure management services to customers operating in market sectors including Minerals & Metals, Oil & Gas, Power, Road & Rail Infrastructure, Telecommunications and Water. Downer is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and employs over 21,000 people in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region. At 30 June 2011, Downer had over $20 billion of work-in-hand.
- Essential Mining Services
Essential Mining Services (EMS) was established in 2006 and was predominantly an electrical based business with a focus on underground mining. During 2008 EMS expanded into the field of mine site construction and supplying labour direct to mine sites.EMS prides its self in achieving targets with an emphasis on safety and has successfully displayed this over the past five years.
- Fenner Dunlop
Fenner Dunlop are a leader in engineered conveyor solutions, providing services to the mining and resource sector. They employ 750 staff in 23 locations around Australia.
Golding are a civil and mining services contractor in the resources, energy and infrastructure sector with a direct workforce of over 1750 people plus contractors on projects throughout Queensland and Australia. They are active in mining of coal (Queensland Bowen and Surat Basin), gold (Mt Rawdon west of Bundaberg) and phosphate (Phosphate Hill - south east of Mt Isa), industrial and resource infrastructure, industrial plant maintenance and building construction.
- Hastings Deering (CAT)
If there was one mining contractor that stand out in the mining industry it would be Caterpillar. They are the world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. Hastings Deering is the company people have relied on for over 60 years for sales and service of Caterpillar earthmoving equipment which is used extensively in many open-cut mining operations in Australia.
- HSE Group
HSE has developed experience in working with a variety of mining methods and commodities, primarily in coal and iron ore but also in copper/zinc, nickel and gold.
Jetcrete Australia is the largest specialised shotcrete contractor in Australia and has been successfully operating for over 28 years with current projects throughout WA and the Eastern States, providing the unique service of concrete spraying to a number of major mine sites.
- J & L Mining
J & L Mining Services Pty Ltd is based in Emerald and provides labour hire services in the Central Highlands of Queensland. As a geographically placed mining contractor, they employ Boilermakers, Labourers, Plumbers, Carpenters, Cleaners and Admin staff and they have built a sizeable network of casual qualified employees, servicing the mining industry in QLD.
- John Holland
John Holland is one of Australia's leading and most diversified contracting, engineering and services providers. Their expertise stretches beyond the traditional civil engineering and building markets to industry leading competencies in energy and resources, mining,power, rail, tunnelling, water and communications. John Holland is part of the wider Leighton Holdings Group
- KJM Contractors
KJM Contractors is South Australia`s premier remote area specialist with additional office locations in Brisbane, Roma and the Cooper Basin providing total logistic support and remote site solutions to the mining, exploration and geothermal industries.
- Leighton Contractors
Leighton Contractors is one of Australia`s most recognised, diverse and established industry leaders. They have more than 12,000 people providing services to the infrastructure, mining, telecommunications, civil construction, industrial, energy, health and services sectors.
- Macellar Mining
MacKellar Mining based in Queensland, provides fully maintained equipment [predominantly Caterpillar] to the mining and resource sector with an impressive range of equipment that includes excavators (Komatsu and Terex), CAT dump trucks, CAT tracked and wheeled dozers, water trucks, CAT graders, ancillary plant and equipment.
Macmahon is a leading Australian contract mining and construction company with operations throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Mongolia and Africa. It's location in Perth makes it a strategically placed mining contractor and directly employs more than 4500 people.
- McConnell Dowell
McConnell Dowell are an international and diverse group with 10,000 staff in total working on projects in Australia and Asia across many construction disciplines including power and water, infrastructure, mining, oil & gas and petrochemical.
Manpower is the global leader in contingent and permanent recruitment workforce solutions and a good source of jobs for people who are looking to get into the mining and resource industry.
Mastermyne maintains a reputation as a company that does what it says it`s going to do. Now ASX listed, they deliver mining services through Queensland and New South Wales to long term clients including Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Xstrata and BMA.
- NRW Holdings
NRW is a leading mining contractor as well as having significant experience in the civil construction industries. Since 1998 NRW has held the enviable position as one of Australia`s prominent providers of diversified services to the resources and infrastructure sectors.
PYBAR Mining Services is a national underground mining contractor with core competencies in underground mine contracting and labour, machinery & equipment hire.
- RML Group
RML Group Mining Services Pty Ltd is a Mining and Civil Contracting company that specialises in earth moving equipment repairs and maintenance and services various mines throughout Australia. They carry out shut downs, long and short term contracts, FIFO and DIDO as well as remote area location work.
Shadforths is a Quality Assured Civil Contracting Company and is a family owned business that has been operating in Queensland for over 35 years and have established themselves at Nebo, Moranbah, Emerald and Biloela. They have completed a number of infrastructure projects for BMA and Xstrata. They own and operate one of the largest private fleets of earthmoving, pipe laying, road maintenance and road-building fleets in QLD with a fleet consisting of over 250 individual items.
Thiess are proud to be Australia`s leading construction, mining and services contractor. From humble beginnings more than 75 years ago, they have build a solid business and have a wide breadth of experience, capabilities, skills and resources across the mining and civil industries.
Watpac is one of Australia`s leading contracting and property development groups, undertaking projects in the civil infrastructure, civil landscaping, mining, construction, and refurbishments markets.
The Wisely Group is a well respected organisation that supplies expert support services to the mining, construction, engineering and industrial sectors across Australia.
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Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.