The news that Atlas Iron has approved the development of the Corunna Downs iron ore project in the Pilbara region has given another welcomed boost to WA mining jobs.
After releasing a feasibility study in December, Atlas Iron found the mine will have a five to six year mine life and a 4 million tonne per annum direct shipping ore.
These figures added to the expansion of Atlas’ Mt Webber mine will see the company target a total export rate of 12mtpa by June 2018.
Atlas Iron managing director Cliff Lawrenson said, “Corunna Downs, together with Mt Webber, will rebuild our production rate to approximately 12mtpa after Wodgina and Abydos cease production in the first and second half of 2017 respectively.
The amendments to the facility will enable Atlas to capitalise on current and future opportunities provided by the stronger iron ore price.”¯
With shipments set to begin in March 2018, the construction and production phases of the Corunna Downs mine will likely start very soon, which is great news for WA mining jobs.
How to get WA mining jobs
Here are some points to look through to help you score a WA mining job:
- Research the Western Australian mining industry (subscribe to iMINCO Project News)
- Read articles on the Australian mining industry
- See what types of WA mining jobs there are on the mining jobs boards
- Understand the resource sector in WA ““ do you want to work in gas or minerals mining like iron ore or gold
- Are you claustrophobic? Is underground mining something you could do every day?
- How do you tolerate extreme heat of 40 degrees plus?
- Can you put up with 12 hour days, often for 14 days in a row
- Will you be able to cope with a FIFO lifestyle? Could you be away from home that long?
- Would you be prepared to relocate to be closer to the mine site?
- Have you worked well in teams or are you a loner?
- What skills, training and experience can you bring to the job being advertised?
- Have you completed a mining induction safety training course?
- Have you considered upskilling or investing your money on mining training or machinery courses?
- What career path do you have planned?
- Do you have a thorough understanding of mining operations in the Pilbara?
- Do you have well-developed people skills?
- Are you the type of person who can take orders without being combative?
- Is your resume up-to-date and looking the best it can be?
- Does your resume have the right mix of keywords to beat resume scanning software?
- Are your interview skills as good as they could be ““ or do you need to improve your confidence?