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dh and i were talking about him going to work in the mines for a year or two. i was just wondering what the qualifications your dp needed for it to happen. dh is a diesel mechanic adn has his HR licence adn his dangerious goods licence. not sure if any of that will help. but we really need to money atm.
also how do you all find it having your dh/dp living away from home?
is it very hard?
thanks for any replies.
Oh I could tell you what they do in WA - Not sure how they do it in NSW - I think its all pretty much the same.
But cos your DP is a diesel mechanic I dont think he will have any problems with getting a job in the mines
From memory they need to have a drug test and a health check and sit a day course about working n mining sites
As for working away - My DP has just started doing this (we used to live in Kalgoorlie - mining town now we live in Perth and do FIFO) He is on a very good rooster 8 days on 6 days off and we are coping well DP rings everyday Im coping Ok with the kids - But havent really run into any "trouble" yet
Hope my ramble helps LOL
With your DH's qulifications I can't see it being a problem getting a job in the mines. We too (like tjrmum) are in WA, so don't know how you'd go getting something FIFO of Sydney.
As for coping with Dh being away, you tend to adjust and set up routines that make life a little simpler and more organised for you. DD didn't really have any problems adjusting when DH went back to a mining job (after 8 years out).
Good luck with whatever you decide
Hi there, yes the HR licence will come in handy for sure :yes:
Same again drug and alcohol tests are a must, cant quite remember what else DF did.... he flys in tomorrow so ill ask him if he knows of anything else even specifically to your DHs trade if he knows anything :D
Like the other girls i am in WA as well so it may depend on what jobs he goes for to what quals he may need.
Is there any places he can possibly enquire to what he may need to aquire?
My DF does 2 weeks on 1 week off.
Its hard some days with DF working away (ya know kids playing up, sickness and missing out on special days) but this life does have its plus sides as well. We get one whole week home with DF to do whatever we like.... which is alot more time than what we had together when he worked in the city.
All the best hun :hugs: ill try find out what i can....
My husband has worked in the mining/construction industry as a diesel mechanic in Kalgoorlie and Karratha WA and we are now in the 'bowen basin' (based in Mackay) QLD. You shouldnt have trouble getting work in any of these areas.
You will find lots of work advertised on web sites such as 'seek' or you can phone some of the labour hire companies based in the area you have in mind. They will then start ringing you when any work comes up (which is pretty regularly) You dont have to settle for the first job that comes up, if you are not in a hurry you may find a position will come up that pays your moving costs, includes a low rental house or maybe they will pay all of the induction coures costs for you (sometimes worth $1000+)
I would also recommend that you shop around for a shift roster that suits you. My husband does 4 on 4 off (stays in a camp for 3 nights) and this suits us really well. I dont like that he is away, but in many ways it works really well. When he is away, I am totally independant and plan my days to suit, then when he is home we have up to 4 full days to spend as a family - it is great quality time. For us - a 2 weeks on roster would be way too long away from home.
Just a couple of other things to bear in mind - the living costs (ie rent) are likely to be pretty high, and houses are actually pretty hard to get in the 'booming' towns. Other facilities such as childcare and even doctors can also be hard to get into so you may want to check this out before makng a big move if you think you are going to need it.
One last 'plus' to this lifestyle is that you are not alone - there are HEAPS of other young families taking advantage of the mining boom. My playgroup is made up of other people who have moved around just like we have!
Good luck and make sure you have some fun. Hope this helps.:o
Hun are you and DH still considering the mines? Got some info from DF which may come in handy. :D Let me know... i might PM you :hugs:
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