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    My DF clears just over $100k working only 6 months a year. His job description is a plant operator but doesn't only drive dump trucks, he drives diggers and graders as well. He wasn't qualified but through his job he has gotten certificates in Surface Excavation and a few other things. This is in NSW.
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    Do you mind if I ask what he's doing at the moment?

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    DH has similar quals plus a few extra and is applying for relevant jobs around the 160,000-180,000 mark. It depends entirely on where you are, who is hiring and your quals and experience.

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    He'd take a massive pay cut to become a qualified dump truck driver, traineeships are 50k first year & 100k 1st year qualified income.
    DH applied for a traineeship which started at 80,000. The other dump truck traineeships he was looking at were between 70,000-90,000. It depends where you are and who is offering the traineeship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TripleTime View Post
    He'd take a massive pay cut to become a qualified dump truck driver, traineeships are 50k first year & 100k 1st year qualified income.
    You can actually do a course to become a qualified dump truck driver (in qld anyway) its about $5000 last time I checked but that includes something else to which I have forgotten. Doesn't guarantee u a job though. But you are qualified.

    From experience it's more who you know not what you know with the mines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1CrazyMoose View Post
    From experience it's more who you know not what you know with the mines.
    Very, very true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GM01 View Post
    Do you mind if I ask what he's doing at the moment?
    He works in non-building construction. Even though he is his own company, he is employed by the same company who are contracted by ausgrid. He has worked for them for over 3 years and been doing the same work for about 10 years.

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    I would suggest that mining construction could be where he could make some bigger bucks, but I agree that city based construction can still do very well!

    I work in mining construction, most of my clients are the top tier contracts for FMG, BHP, Rio etc, but I work city based. Definately more money in north of WA, but not much more if you're on a good contract rate and cr*ppy lifestyle!!

    So yeah I'd be telling him to stay put!

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    Thanks everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GM01 View Post
    Totally depends what role he will be doing and also whether it will be in operations or construction.

    Construction has higher rates of pay, but rosters can be up to 4 & 1 (28 days on, 7 days off) and the work is project to project. There are a lot of construction jobs going at the moment in WA on projects like Solomon, Hope Downs 4, Roy Hill at the end of the year etc.

    This is my DH what started as a 6mnth stint is now in its 3rd year and the work just keeps coming, hes on about $160k as a steelfixer on a 4:1 roster. In Brisban he was around the $70k mark so its good for us and his line of work.

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    We are moving to Yeppoon next year because DH will be working for a mining company. He has no qualifications. He'll be working offsite in an office doing operations and after tax will be taking home $1000pw. That's 7 - 3 mon - fri. He has the option of doing overtime every day and on Saturdays.

    If he chose to go out onsite he'd start on $2300pw (clear). For a 5 on 5 off roster. This particular company would also pay for his induction & training.

    And yup - its Definately who you know. That's how & why dh has this offer.


 

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