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Are you trade qualified and searching for a mining job?
Construction and trades jobs in the mines are still available – but there are so many people who have no idea where to look, or how to even start. Mining companies are always searching for skilled tradesmen with a variety of construction experience who can transition to working in the mining industry.
When new workers enter into the mining industry, there are new rules and work practices to follow, especially when it comes to personal safety education and Work Health and Safety protocols.
Not only do tradespeople have to be qualified and experienced in what they do, there are induction courses and mine-site specific inductions that must be completed before being allowed on a mine site.
So what’s next?
iMINCO has created a series of e-books to help tradespeople understand the Australian mining industry and demystify the steps to take to get into a mining job. There’s no absolute pathway or ‘magic bullet’, however it does involve a bit of work and a lot of extra research. Mining jobs for tradespeople will always be available as long as the resource sector is chugging along.
Despite the slackening off of the price of iron ore, coal and other precious metals, Australian mining still has a lot of life left in it.
The industry is always searching for highly skilled and motivated people who see a mining-related career as a solid and long-term employment option – and not just a quick money-making win for themselves.
Mining companies are a relatively safe bet from an employee perspective, or even as a contractor. Contracting of course, as in any industry has a ‘shelf life’, and requires every worker to make that extra effort to get themselves noticed by the company who employs them.
The old saying ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ can certainly be applied to the mining and resource sector.
Prepare in advance – get the right mining training
There are many mining jobs that existing tradesmen can apply for. Your existing trade qualifications will give you the edge when applying for a position with a mining company.
- Standard 11 Induction Training Mining Induction (Generic Induction)
This course is a prerequisite for most jobs in Queensland coal mining
- Supervisor Course
If you have had experience in supervisor roles you can undertake the mining equivalent course
- Machinery Tickets for Mining
There are many different tickets available to operate machinery like your dump truck ticket, excavator ticket, water truck ticket or front end loader ticket
- Mining Specific Resume
You need to make sure your resume is mining specific so you get past the first stage. You need to describe how your current skills are transferable to mining. Check out the mining resume tips here
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 pays, 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
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.