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I was wondering exactly how you apply for an apprenticeship with a mining company? I've got something organised already, through an internal connection, but I wanted to suss my options.

 

 

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For most of the larger companies they advertise on their sites in the careers section. I dont know if it would be worth inquiring through

the apprenticeship host if you go down that way.

What trade you looking to do?

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For most of the larger companies they advertise on their sites in the careers section. I dont know if it would be worth inquiring through

the apprenticeship host if you go down that way.

What trade you looking to do?

 

Diesel fitter an turner. I'll be a qualified motor mechanic when I apply.

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Try going through WorkPac

 

Roxby Downs Industrial Send this listing to your mobile(08) 8671 4622

Lot 7/ 719 Olympic Way

Olympic DamSA5725

 

Guess who they service.

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What trade is your apprenticeship?

I got offered a job in karratha over in w.a think they are looking for

Boilermakers

Welders

Sparkies

Scaffolders

Riggers

Fitters

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What trade is your apprenticeship?

I got offered a job in karratha over in w.a think they are looking for

Boilermakers

Welders

Sparkies

Scaffolders

Riggers

Fitters

Motor mechanic + doing the modules to get signed off as heavy vehicle. Possibly also auto elec depending on how much I can get on recognition.

 

Thanks for the help boys.

 

 

 

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I remember when I was 20 and looking to go into the mines. I have a mate who is an engineer with a mining company who pointed me in a few directions...and from what I found out, it was bullshit...the couple I contacted took preference for the locals in their town before looking outside for workers.

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Glavas are you in SA? Mt gambier has a new mine that will be booming within 2 years also. I can find outthe company for you, or google probly will

Sure am mate! I found one...limestone mine?

 

 

 

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Females? In mining towns? Lol.

 

Don't blame them. I would hate to be a female living in a mining town.

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"getting into the mines" is no different then any other job. Like said above, apply as a trade assistant first. they get paid $2 less then a tradesman.

 

So far i have worked in 4 mines in w.a and 3 here in qld.

 

Monadelphous in applecross W.A

 

Downer

 

Lang o rourke

 

AGC

 

They are just a couple of mobs you can apply for. ring them and ask what projects they are manning up for etc. All of them companies you dont need any skills as a T.A as for every site you will do site specific inductions (confined space) safe work at heights etc.

 

Oh and as for the femals. There are plenty on site these days, 70% of them are gorgeous, sparkeys, drivers, store persons etc..

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"getting into the mines" is no different then any other job. Like said above, apply as a trade assistant first. they get paid $2 less then a tradesman.

what type of tradesmen are we talking about here

T.A's dont get any where near as much as a sparkie or a boilermaker well not on the jobs ive been on

 

downside of being a T.A is your always the first to get the slack when they have to count down on the numbers as the job is coming to an end

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the job i was just on my T.A was on 39.80ph, which is $2.80 lower than what i was on. Most jobs i have been on they only get paid bugger all less, still clear 2-2.5k per week. Thats with monadelphous at the Yandi RGP5 project. Most companies these days use a grading system towards the end of a project, your supervisor will fill out a report about you. say 1-5, five being highly desirable, also at the end of most jobs i have been on, they keep just as many ta's as tradesman as Fitters,Boilys and riggers dont want to clean up and do all the little odds and ends. Alot of people get let go, and if your a slack ass and your supervisor gives you 1 star out of 5 then your time is up as soon as they want to cut men. All jobs are different though i guess.

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yeah ive worked with monadelphous B4 in Darling Downs building the Orgin gas fired turbine power station

not a bad company to work for

 

most jobs that are remote and u are staying in a camp they will slack T.A's first mostly because they would rather keep the room for a tradesmen instead of a T.A

but if your a T.A and your a local they will tend keep u on because your not taking up any room in the camp

 

were you on the ALCAN G3 PROJECT?

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Nah, So far i have been to Yandi 2, Yandi RGP5, Karatha, Port headland, Olympic dam SA, Riverside (QLD), Moranbah and blackwater "mines"

 

Glad to be home for once and not doing fly in/out. A mate of mine was on the G3 project, Scaffholder (Roy) was going to head up there but went back over west.

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yeah i was at

 

Karatha W.A - LNG

Karatha W.A - pluto

Port headland

Olympic dam

Gove N.T alcan G3 prject

Mortlake VIC Orgin gas fired turbine power station

Darling Downs orgin power station

Chinchilla qld orgin power station

dalby qld

gladstone qld

townsville qld

 

wont be doing any more remote work, well i dont want to but im kinda use to the big dollars now gonna try and live a normally, stay local for a change and if i start having money troubles ill get onto another project

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haha, i'm stuck in gladstone at the moment. just done my medical yesterday. Where were you QAL? BSL? Yarwun? Dalby powerstation ay? i was there with Billfinger, glad to get out of that place.

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Yarwun

 

i worked with Billfinger AWESOME COMPANY!!!!!!!!!! i worked for them on the Mortlake Orgin power station

guess it was awesome because the union was so strong and powerful in Victoria

i was clearing 3g's a week after tax and because mortlake wasnt far from a town we just found a place to rent ( i hate f**king camps ) i ended up renting a nice little beach house and my mrs came to live with me while the job was going

it was kinda like a working holiday :lol: i remember when i got the slack some sparkies in my crib shed asked me if i was gonna go on holiday and i replied " i thought i was on holiday "

 

oh yeah billfinger changed their name to connect instructor or some shit

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Yeah Billfinger are good company. Really look after their blokes. They just won another 3.2m project in dalby. Another gas power station. Mortlake sounds like a mad job. I'm in with mono's pretty well now, seem to be looking after me so far.

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yeah im in with Intercon engineering now my old man just became a full time supervisor for them

 

if i get another job offer to go back to Victoria im taking it

Victoria's union jobs are just to good to turn down

when u get big job in Victoria u will understand

 

put it this way

toilets blocked go home

35 degrees to hot go home

no power in the crib hut go home

no running water go home

any sort of rain even if its a light little drop sit in the crib shed

more then 4 hours of rain in total go home

ground to wet to walk on sit in the crib shed

scaffold wet wait for it to dry

 

every thing and anything not to work

and the best thing about it is, is it drags the job on for even longer

u get in trouble if u get to much done :lol:

i use to hide all day and play on my phone i had to bring a charger with me because i played on it so much my battery died by lunch

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Thats the way, i heard victoria was like that. Better pay to apparently. Theres a shit load of work comming up here, hopefully im not stuck here to long. Couple LNG plants about to kick off. How come you arnt on that Orange job? On a good wicket at home.

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pay and conditions are alot better in Victoria

heaps of desalination projects opening up in Victoria

planing on trying to get on one of those if i start having money trouble but until that happens this im just gonna take it easy at home do small jobs here and there to get me by

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links to some info on the projects in VIC?

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links to some info on the projects in VIC?

:lol: good luck getting onto a project in VIC

very hard getting in with out knowing the right people

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so if youve never worked in the mines before, where would be the best place to start.. wanting to stay reasonably local and be a TA or a truck driver etc...??

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i posted this in the other thread:

 

have a google around; there are plenty of other forums that have had the same question posted many a time

 

here is a good example of some information you are looking for

 

If you have absolutely no skills, heavy vehicle licenses or background/qualifications in mining or trades, here is a list of possible jobs for you:

 

Mill Operator - to succeed in this job you must be good at shovelling(the garden variety kind), be capable of withstanding long periods in the heat, running up and down stairs, carrying heavy buckets of dirt/slurry/chemicals etc. Mechanical skills/general ability to fix things that are broken is a plus. You will also need to have a keen eye for spotting problems quickly. Most Processing plants do not have airconditioning, temperatures will generally be higher inside a mill than outside. Hosing down spillage is also a large part of your day.

 

Truck Driver - some companies will take you even though you don't have a HR license, but be prepared to start at the bottom of the heap, pay is good, but not the 150k that people rave about...that comes with experience and time. Starting salaries are more realisticly around 50-60k. Sounds like fun, because you get drive big trucks that could crush a small ute without a second glance, but you have a blind spot that goes all the way around you for 5 metres, and drive up and down the same ramp for 12 hours gets incredibly boring. There is a reason why stimulant drug abuse is a major problem for people in this area.

 

Offsider - generally for drill teams, a driller's offsider does all the menial work, fetching, carrying, rigging etc and also acts as a spotter to keep an eye on things in case something goes horribly wrong. They get paid alot of money, but thats only because you are stuck out in the middle of nowhere(away from the actual mine) in the hot sun for days at a time while the geologist does an exploration survey. Its not fun and incredibly boring.

 

Sampler/Lab technician - No, you don't get to play with the chemicals here either, you get to do the fun job of sample preparation so that the qualified lab tech or chemist can play with the chemicals. Your job is to go out to the mill and collect samples in buckets/bottles or whatever system they use, bring them back to the lab, crush, mill, pulverise, bag, and other incredibly dusty, dirty and heavy work there is to do before that sample is ready to be tested.

 

Field technician - these guys are similar to driller's offsiders but they are responsible for assisting the geologist in identifying and cataloguing rock samples.

 

For all of these jobs you will be expected to work a 12 hour shift, alternating nights and days. Rosters can vary between sites. For 2week/1week FIFO sites you can expect 7day/7night rosters. for residential mining towns 4on/4off (or 6/6) is more common, you can expect 2day/2night rosters. All of these will have a 24hour changeover period for transition from day to night shift. If you are on FIFO, you will be living in a village full of demountable "dongers" which is much like a small sea container big enough to house a bed, a shelf/wardrobe, small desk and bar fridge. If your company likes you, you might even get an ensuite toilet and shower. Alot of truckies will actually have to work 6week/1week or 5week/1week rosters. Its mainly the tradespeople and professionals that get the better working conditions that are widely promoted. Most sites will also have such things as random or mandatory breath testing with zero tolerance (BAC = 0) and random drug testing(urine sample). Zero tolerance for these things generally means that if you get caught, you get the sack straightaway and are escorted from the site immediately. Safety is also a major issue, its scary how many workplace injuries are attributed to stupidity(and I've seen some firsthand). Its quite easy to forget that you are working around some very dangerous machinery and that you are so far away from the nearest hospital. If you are in an established town, usually theres a fair amount of mod cons, but you will be more likely to have to pay for your own meals an accommodation, which negates the benefits of a higher wage. This kind of lifestyle isn't for everyone, theres alot of isolation, which really sucks if you have a partner/family. You tend to lose touch with your friends aswell. Some people thrive on it, others get divorced, get depressed and whatnot. Many places won't have mobile reception, and even fewer will have internet access.

 

You will generally have to be over 18 to work on a minesite, you will also have to undergo pre employment medical and fitness tests, aswell be able to provide a recent police clearance. You will definately be required to at least have your C class drivers license. Average entry level wage would be about $165-240 per shift.

 

Knowing all of this, if you are still wanting to work in these entry level jobs, the best places to look are in the paper or on seek. You're also more likely to find work if you sign up with recruitment agencies like SKILLED. Other places to look are general applications directly to mining companies, most of the major companies will have a section on their websites regarding careers/employment. For example, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto Group (Pilbara Iron, Dampier Salt, RT Coal, Argyle Diamonds), Xstrata, LionOre, Iluka Resources, BMA(BHP-Mitsubishi alliance), Barrick Gold, KCGM (Kalgoorlie Consolidated aka the Superpit).

 

taken from http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/682500

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i looked into all this but it seems knowing people is abviously the best way. but i just wanna drive trucks up there.

 

gl alex! youve got a trade behind you anyway so your chances are much better :P

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yeah im in with Intercon engineering now my old man just became a full time supervisor for them

 

if i get another job offer to go back to Victoria im taking it

Victoria's union jobs are just to good to turn down

when u get big job in Victoria u will understand

 

put it this way

toilets blocked go home

35 degrees to hot go home

no power in the crib hut go home

no running water go home

any sort of rain even if its a light little drop sit in the crib shed

more then 4 hours of rain in total go home

ground to wet to walk on sit in the crib shed

scaffold wet wait for it to dry

 

every thing and anything not to work

and the best thing about it is, is it drags the job on for even longer

u get in trouble if u get to much done :lol:

i use to hide all day and play on my phone i had to bring a charger with me because i played on it so much my battery died by lunch

 

Sounds like my kinda job, where do I sign? :woot:

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