My Dad worked in the mines in central Queensland and the money is good but like others said you have to know someone. My Dad was also saying they like people who play football so they can have them on the company team (this is in central qld not sure if it's different now or in other places) Most of the people I went to school with went straight into mine jobs after finishing school. Where I used to live is ridiculously expensive though your looking at renting 3 bedroom houses for around $1000. And the cost of living in terms of petrol and fuel is also extreme too. When we lived there 15 years ago Dad was renting our 4 bedroom from BHP for $14 a week so things have definitely changed a lot.
There are a couple of other companies that supply people to do general labouring, cooking, cleaning etc ... with no real experience required.
the hourly rate for this kind of work is roughly the same as anywhere else ... but its long hours so loads of money, and they provide food etc. Usually is 2 weeks on 1 week off ... but the 2 weeks on are 12 hr days (with overtime rates it adds up pretty quickly)
So it does end up being heaps of extra money
If you are interested, pm me and I can put you in touch with one of the companies that I know that does this.
you dont need experince to get into the mines, and although it does help knowing someone, you can get in without knowing someone.
your dp needs to go through somewhere like skilled or monos, check to see if they have any ta jobs going up north. he would be required to undertake a medical and if successful they would organise and pay for all his courses such as working at heights and confined space, white card etc
Hey Tt where's that mine? Just wondering cause dh is in a mine up the valley but he works for a contracting company. So he works side by side, hour by hour, job by job with people earning $45k a year more than him for EXACTLY the same work. So demoralizing!!
My DH works in the mining industry in QLD. He applied for jobs for ages before he got anything and it was only after he did a 'Generic Induction' course (not sure if it's called the same thing in WA). He also got his truck license and senior first aid cert.
Once this was on his resume he seemed to have a flood of offers. No one seemed to care that he was a qualified mechanic. Infact a lot of the guys DH works with have no qualifications what so ever and their previous jobs were completely unrelated.
He did not know anyone in the industry so did not get a job this way. Now he has been working in the industry he has made plenty of contacts which has been helpful to move jobs/find positions making more money.
The money is good. Just make sure the company pays for flights, food and accommodation otherwise it may not be worth it.
DH started out as an offsider for a drilling company...good way to get in without experience. The company will send you for a medical/physical of they want you for a position.
It can be hard to get into and I agree they really love people with experience, BHP are the hardest to get in with. Hubby got his foot in the door via doing lots of courses and his background also helped (army, firefighting and training) but they were all relevant to what he was applying for, yeah he got his foot in the door by working for a temp agency (choice one) he got a lot of good references along the way so that helped too. Knowing someone is also an added bonus, especially if they are higher up the food chain. I'll agree the conditions can be pretty crap the food worse when FIFO but we are very lucky to be living residential at the moment in a closed town, so no random people, no rent, utilities and free facilities (pool, gym) and a free family flight to Perth what works out to be once every fortnight, hubby still does 8 days on 6 days off followed by 7 nights on 7 nights off, and he is home for eating/sleeping while getting half the year off as well.
And yes, the pay is awesome, bonuses and cheap gold prices for employees help
We are in the mines in Roxby Downs, SA. They are going to be the biggest open cut mine eventually.
My DP is a fitter & machinist by trade but has other certificates. He just put his resume in at skilled, and then he got the job. He doubled his salary from what we were earning in Adelaide. He works 9 on 5 off. I would be applying for shut down work such as sentry work then you will have some sort of experience then you will be able to hear about jobs etc.
Your partner if he has no experience in those kind of trades could get sentry work for shut downs, T.A, even cleaners get great money.
Goodluck hun xx
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