Took the red pill.
Took the red pill.
Or a company that contracts to the mines. Once you have 'mining experience' and have a few contacts it's much easier to get into.
My DH works for Westrac, he used to do FIFO now he has an office job, but they have plenty of jobs for mechanics and mechanical related trades and professions.
He is a qualified HD diesel mechanic and I am an engineer, similar to the poster above!
[QUOTE=lydie;6316513]We are about to enter into a new chapter of our lives together. DP will soon join the ranks of miners and will be working 2 weeks off and 1 on. QUOTE]
Is that right, 2 weeks off and 1 on? My Dh thought it was 2 on and 1 off at home.
Can you work at the WA mines from VIC (where we are) and if so, do they cover flights?
It's the old story...it's not what you know it's who you know. DP got his position through his brother-in-law. That seems to be the way with most of the people I know who have gotten in.
I agree with other statements about the time off and the money making it worthwhile. Sometimes it was hard when my kids were little (they are only 20 months apart) but having him home for 6 full days, in a row, per fortnight is fantastic! He gets so much more quality time with them, not just the feral hour before bed. I like my own space too, so I don't mind him not being here every day. My DH has been doing FIFO since long before we had kids so it's what we're used to. I can't imagine him doing a 9-5 job (not that there are many in his field). And the money he earns means I can choose to be a SAHM
Get a good phone deal My house phone/internet bundle includes unlimited calls to mobiles so I can chat to him every night, often for an hour!
The time away and time home depends on the company as does whether you live. Some mines such as the one my dh works at prefers local people over eastern staters which I believe is a good thing, and people that work here from interstate should be encouraged to relocate here and be provided a house which some mining towns are pushing for. But most mines that do cater for FIFO from the east to WA do pay for flights, some pay both ways, some pay one way.
Last edited by Blessedwith3boys; 29-01-2012 at 08:09.
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