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Struggle to meet mining truck demand

Caterpillar is struggling to keep up with the demand for underground mining vehicles.

Ian Barnard, from Pit N Port Rental Group previously said it is growing beyond what they can keep up with at times.

“It’s fairly buoyant, there seems to be extended delays for new equipment supplies, we pretty much do underground equipment, and there’s a waiting list of about two years now to get that equipment, so that’s where rental comes into play,” he said.

120 jobs before years end

On the back of this increased demand the equipment manufacturer has created an additional 50 jobs at its factory in Burnie, Tasmania since November last year and will add 70 more before the end of this year.

The increase in demand for rental equipment is a massive turn around for Caterpillar, which had to lay off nearly 300 workers in 2009.

Local head of operations, Tami Nelson, said the only thing slowing production at the factory is securing enough parts.

“The limiter for us is not what we can build from a fabrication and structures standpoint, but the limiter is can we get enough of the other components we need to build our products.”

Mining Job Information

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

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.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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