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Old 10-29-2011, 12:46 PM
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Work for a miner?

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I'm considering moving to Australia for at least a year in 2012 and I'm interested what are my possibilities to get work in mining industry.
I'm 26 years old married male from Finland and I've got one year of experience in underground work as an all rounder and dumper operator (Tamrock Toro), and three years experience in construction as all rounder, lorry driver and excavator operator (1,5 tons to 33 tons). I've got Finnish blaster license, vocational qualification for construction machine operator, first aid course, work safety course, road work safety course and hot work permit. I'm currently employed by a Finnish mining company.
I've completed high school (lukio), conscription (reserve officer) and studied 1,5 years in National Defence Academy, the Finnish cadet school. I gained very good evaluations, but terminated my studies in the academy by my own will as I wanted to pursue civilian career instead.
I'm in good shape as I've ran three marathons, my cooper's test is 3000+ and I regurarly train with 32-40kg kettlebells, so I'm really not afraid of physical work - quite the opposite actually. I know my English (simultaneous interpreter in NATO seminar for example), I'm social and I know computers as well. I'm willing to work anywhere on the continent.

So what safety courses etc are mandatory for working underground, and is there some sort of gap course to update my blaster license to Australia-compatible one? How immigrant-friendly mining business is anyway? And what other options I have for a visa besides working holiday?

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Old 12-02-2011, 11:29 AM
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Hey Erski,

I can provide some suggestions of courses you could undertake. Let me know if you still requre them. In my experience most of the mining companies will provide training. There are of course mandatory medicals, however most training is provided onsite which includes licences. Some companies also have free seminars that are a good source of information.

The most important aspect is experience. That can make the difference and is what a lot of companies look for. Most people start with recruitment agencies and then make contacts internal to mines where they can work directly with the miner.

I am sorry I can't be of assistance with your visa questions.

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Old 12-04-2011, 08:38 AM
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Hi John,

My name is Justin. I want to move to Australia to work in mining. I do not have any experience but I am looking for companies what will do on the job training. If you have any advice on companies that off onsite training and sponsorship, I would appreciate that information.

Justin


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Old 12-04-2011, 11:39 AM
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Hi Justin,

You have two options, one is to approach companies direct such as Rio Tinto etc and then the other option is labour hire companies. They offer short term contracts where you can get to know the people inside the companies that run the mines.

One option is to take jobs no matter what they are and your qualifications. I have heard of Engineers getting positions as cleaners just to get in.

Do you have any qualifications? Do you have an idea of where you you want to work and positions you are chasing?


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Hi John,

Thanks for getting back to me. I find your advice helpful. I don't have any experience in any particular area. I know that most companies are looking for experienced workers. However, I am will do anything to get in the door.

I would like to work in West Australia but I'm not married to that. I would like to learn how to run a grader or a driller but short term, I don't mind driving a dump truck or being a cleaner.

Justin


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Hi Justin,

I am not sure on your visa restrictions and working requirements (not an area I am experienced in) however, without experience you might find it easier if you could turn up ie. visit actual sites and locations.

In terms of the job types you have mentioned there are trainees and labourer / assistant positions for all of those. Sometimes with the dump truck operators they prefer inexperienced people. However it is also very competitive at this level as they do pay well. For the other roles you would be targetting companies that subcontract to the large sites or oganisations.

I have started another thread with a list of company sites you might be interested in.

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Hi John,

I would be interested in seeing that list or companies. Because I'm 28, I believe I can get a work and holiday visa. As I find permanent work, I will pursuit the long term options. All I need is an opportunity. Rio Tinto has an inexperience position available in Weipa QLD. The only problem is that they don't provide any accommodations (transporation,housing, food, etc. Also, it doesn't look like there are any apartments or places to live. I guess because no one wants to live out there, they can't get people to work in that area. I'm trying to figure out how to make it work before I attempt to apply there. I guess i could rent a small RV to live in. What do you think about this? Do you know whats the starting rate for a cleaner or dump truck driver in this area?

May I ask what is your experience and/or qualifications in the mining industry?

Justin


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Old 12-05-2011, 07:29 AM
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Hi Justin,

I listed those companies in a thread as part of this forum. On a daily basis we prepare resumes for clients either seeking entry or already in the mining sector. This ranges from entry level positions to roles with subcontractors and senior / executive management in mining. The result is a collective view of the sector from a number of perspectives. We have done this for more than ten years now.

I have been to Weipa and have some friends up there. You are right about the accommodation, it is very tight. You could try the local caravan parks for long term options. Ideally you would want your employer to put something up. In relation to your plan to get an RV (campervan etc) it is extremely hot in that area, something that might make that option uncomfortable. This is a very remote area that is mostly accessible by air and part of the year by road (eight hours from the nearest major town, Cairns). The fishing is fantastic however, matched only by the huge numbers of crocodiles.

I am not sure of the starting wages for those positions. I have heard of Dump Truck Drivers getting $100k and up.

Hope I have been of some assistance.

Regards


John

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Hi John,

Hope you're doing well. Again, thank you for the information. I'm not completely thrilled about the location of WEIPA but I'm trying to get my foot in the door. They offer a training package for inexperienced workers to use the equipment which is what I need. (is this because there are not enough people to work up in such a remote area? and how much should I expect to get paid as a entry level worker in training?) It's only a 12 month fixed contract so I would probably go to a different area after that time unless they provided better accommodations. By that time, I will have a full year of experience and will have experience operating some of the machines. Here is the listing if you want to take a look. I will attach it at the end of this post.

They say that they don't provide accommodations but I can live with that in exchange for the training. If I have a job, I don't providing my own accommodations.

Thanks for the caravan park tip. I also notice that they have a few lodges and hotels that seem to have reasonable rates.

So, how do you prepare resumes for people who have no experience and make them good enough to be considered by employers? I'm from the United States and an African American male, 28 years old. So is it harder to be considered for a job when you are so far away?

Justin


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banned from attaching url but it's listed on Rio Tinto's website under inexperienced mining workers wiepa.


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