Getting a Job
Due to the resources boom in the Australian mining industry, there are hundreds of vacancies at present. One Key Resources currently recruits personnel for machinery operation positions. There are, however, a wide variety of other positions which are available including:
- Machinery Operators
- Training & Assessment
- Emergency Response and Management
One Key Resources currently only hires personnel with experience operating heavy machinery in the mining industry. We currently look for applicants who have a minimum of six months experience in the mining industry. Previous experience in coal mining would be highly advantageous, however is not essential.
In certain circumstances, it may also be possible to place applicants with extensive experience in civil operations.
Entry Level positions are highly competitive, with hundreds of people applying for a single role. These positions are commonly referred to as “Green” or “Cleanskin” roles. One Key Resources currently only recruits for experienced roles, however, certain companies also run training programs for inexperienced applicants.
Training Programs are usually run directly through major mining companies, and places in these programs are highly competitive. These programs are usually designed to train new operators, and will start with training on dump trucks. Certain programs may also offer the opportunity to train on dozers and graders.
It is also possible to gain experience on similar machinery on civil projects. Machinery Operation positions are much easier to obtain with large civil contractor.
Mine Sites in Queensland currently work with a wide variety of machines. As such, we look for operators with experience on Dump Trucks, Dozers, Graders and Excavators. In general, machinery operated within mines is above 120 tonnes.
Many training providers are currently offering short courses which teach people to operate certain types of machinery. Whilst these courses may be beneficial, most companies will only consider what experience the applicant has had in the mining sector.
Working in the Mining Industry
The mining industry offers a wide range of lifestyles depending on the role and location. A residential role allows you to live near the mine. In most cases this means living in a small mining community.
Many mining roles are offered on a bus in, bus out basis. Buses will usually travel from the nearest urban centre from the mine location. Such roles will usually also supply accommodation and meals in a camp near to the mine.
Certain mine sites may also have an option for Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) work. Whilst the positions are currently rare in Queensland Coal Mines, there are also many sites interstate which currently offer these positions.
Rosters will vary between sites, however, coal mines in Queensland will generally operate on either a four days on four days off roster, or a seven days on seven days off roster. With each roster you will rotate working days or nights. During your days on shift you will work approximately 12 – 13 hours, with lunch, or “crib” breaks during your shift.
Required Mining Inductions vary from site to site, based on who owns the mine and what is being mined. For Coal Mines in Queensland, you will need one of two mining inductions.
Generic Induction Coal Surface (GIQ), or Standard 11
This induction is a 3 day course that is undertaken in order to commence work on Coal Mines in Queensland. The new GIQ has taken the place of the old Generic Induction Coal Surface which existed prior to the 1st of July 2011. In conjunction with a Coal Board Medical, this induction will allow the holder to work on non-BMA (BHP Mitsubishi Alliance) coal sites in Queensland. The course costs between $850 to $1200 depending on the training provider.
This induction is designed for those who have previously worked in mining or civil projects. Cleanskin applicants may need to undertake an employment bridging program in order to be issued with the full GIQ Passport.
This induction is a 3 day course that is undertaken by employees who are about to commence work at a BMA site in Queensland. Whilst the course covers much of the same material as a GIQ, the course itself will not result in the issuance of a GIQ Passport. A BMA induction costs $850 + GST.
Please note that due to the cost involved with these inductions, we recommend that potential candidates do not book these inductions until they have secured a position in the industry.
Coal Board Medical
Created by the QLD Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme, a Coal Board Medical is required for workers on Coal Sites in Queensland. This medical ensures that the holder is fit to work in a coal mine, and generally takes about an hour to complete.
The official medical certificate will not be release by the doctor until the applicant has gained employment in the mining industry. At such time, your new employer will send a Request to the doctor to have the official medical report released. Until this is done, the employee will only be issued with an Interim Report.
Pre-Employment Functional Assessment
Certain companies also require new employees to undergo a second medical test to ensure that the employee is fit for work.
Drug and Alcohol Test
All new employees at any mine site will need to be able to pass a drug and alcohol test at all times. It is standard procedure to request the new employee to present a clear drug and alcohol screen report on their first day.
Additionally, random drug testing is very common and will often be required on sign in to site.