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    Quote Originally Posted by Emj View Post
    agree with Thermolicious, qualifications!!! I'm a chemical engineer/metallurgist and DP is qualified as a HD fitter and an LV Mechanic and has also done a fair bit of work with fixed plant!!

    As a parts interpreter maybe look into something along the lines of mechanical planner. Does he have any experience with MS Project, Pronto, SAP or any other type of EMS??? I don't really know what a part interpreter entails sorry!?
    This, ESP the last part lol sorry I have no idea what that job is I will say though you don't need tons of qualifications, it just depends what you want to do, you can get a job driving a dump truck for 12 hours a day with just a HR license and those miners earn $100,000 a year!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beachside Mumma View Post
    It's who you know a lot of times as well as qualifications.
    If you want residential, most places like you to be living in the town before they will consider you and it can be hard to get into FIFO because they like to know you can handle shift work and been away from home. It really is about contacts a lot of the time though. Perhaps try and get something when they're doing a shut, and then he'll have some contacts to help get your foot in the door.
    I agree with this as well, hubby got his foot in by doing work through an agency, made contacts and it went from there


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    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.

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    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!

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    [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?

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lydie View Post
    Can you work at the WA mines from VIC (where we are) and if so, do they cover flights?
    You can, I'm think it depends on the company/position as to weather they cover your flights


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    Quote Originally Posted by Emj View Post
    agree with Thermolicious, qualifications!!! I'm a chemical engineer/metallurgist
    My DH is a metallurgist too

    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Braxtonsmummy View Post
    He works for iveco Australia. He sources parts for the mechanics and runs the service area of the workshop. Is there anything like that in the mines?
    This is similar to a planner role, as someone has already suggested.

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    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.
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