Finding a mining job in Australia…..rich reward or perilous pitfall? Read the inside dirt from someone at the coal face!

by Richard , updated on October 24, 2013

Can you really find a job earning 150K in the mines in Australia?

Hands up who’s heard a story like this?

My friend’s gardener lost his week-day job and couldn’t find another one. So he went over to Western Australia and found a job driving trucks in the mines. He only works for three days a week and is earning $150,000 a year.

Can you really get a 150K job in the mines with no experience?

It’s funny how you hear these stories about mining jobs from someone who knows someone.

The almost manic interest in the resources sector coupled with very high levels of job-loss anxiety is a heady cocktail of expectation you need to drink with some caution.

Here’s the insider tip from someone who’s actually working on a mine site in outback Western Australia.

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Meet my nephew James – who found a job in the mines without experience.

James has been working on the mining site for about 5 weeks.  He’s recently married and has made the difficult decision to try his luck in a mining job, away from his wife. He has done this as an investment in their future.

He just recently flew back home. I had the chance to catch up with him and hear about his experiences. I thought this would be a great opportunity to hear what it’s really like, and to share those insights with our InterviewIQ audience.

But before we talk to James, let’s first of all highlight the common perceptions out there about mining and resources sector jobs…..

  • If you land a job on a mine site, you’re going to be on big money, even for menial work ($80- 120,000+), because you’re in a remote location and it’s hot, unpleasant and uncomfortable.
  • It doesn’t matter if you don’t have specialist skills.  Getting lots of qualifications (mine site “tickets” like Safety, Vehicle, Security and Heavy Rigid) will make you employable.
  • The best first step is to get those relevant mining tickets under your belt.
  • Then approach recruitment agencies who will place you in a mining job.

After a chat with James, I had to re-evaluate all of those perceptions.

If you have no experience, should you approach recruitment agencies to find job in the mines?

James found that as an unskilled/unqualified potential mine site worker it was basically a waste of time approaching recruitment agencies.  He found they aren’t very interested in you if you don’t have specialist skills to sell (eg engineering, trades, drilling experience etc).  Plus they encourage you to get a heap of mining site tickets, which adds up to quite a lot of money, with no guarantee of a pay off.

Of course it’s likely that not all recruitment agencies do this, but it was certainly James’s experience.

How did James find his first job in the mines?

James found his job through networking.  He spent 3 months calling everyone he knew that had some connection to the mines.  He called friends of friends of friends.  He followed up every lead and was persistent yet patient. He knew because of his lack of experience there were a limited number of jobs he could get, so he identified those jobs and focused his efforts there.  James works as a personal trainer and is a very sociable, connected person in his home city, so he had a good head start.  But he estimates that he had at least 40 conversations with people before he got offered a job.

Only when he had a job offer, did James then go and get mining qualifications which were specific to the mining site that he would be working at.  That way he didn’t waste his money.

And after 3 months his efforts paid off!

James secured a job on a drill site at an exploratory mine 3 hours drive from Newman in Western Australia.  Basically in the middle of nowhere. He started there 6 weeks ago.

What is it really like to work in an unskilled job in the mines?

Here’s the hard part.

James’ job involves bagging and carrying ore samples from the drill.  It’s dirty, dusty, back-breaking, monotonous and uncomfortable work.  And that’s just in winter.  James has to wear long sleeve shirts, trousers and a hard hat for sun protection so in the summer it will be almost unbearable.

James is extremely fit and strong and isn’t shy of hard physical labour.  So he has a head start on many potential mine workers.  The plain naked truth is that this sort of work doesn’t suit everyone.  And it’s not just the physical, routine nature of the work you should consider.  Often you’re working in remote locations, away from family and friends for extended periods.  So there’s a substantial ongoing mental challenge as well.  Although it’s a sobering thought, these are important points to consider before making the leap into the mining industry.

So I’m guessing that you’re thinking James is at least earning big bucks?

How much is James actually earning in mining?

Well I’m sorry to blast another perception out of the water but James is actually earning about the same that he would at home as a Personal Trainer!

Mining companies have been burnt by high levels of unskilled worker turnover. They turn up and disappear almost before they’ve unpacked their bags.  And mine sites are often in remote locations so it isn’t easy to replace a worker at short notice.  So they test their workers out to see if they can demonstrate commitment, reliability, productivity and aptitude.  Just like any other employer.  It’s unfortunate to have to burst the “pot-of-gold” bubble but unless you have in-demand skills, mining companies do not appear to immediately hand you a bag of money.

How will James get to earn good money in mining?

Well he’s already been looking around and his plan is to move into the construction area as a Tradesman’s Assistant.  He has to prove himself first, get to know people and then wait for a vacancy.  But he could then be earning $3,000 a week or around $150,000 a year.  He has given himself a specific time frame to achieve this which he thinks is realistic.  I also believe it counts in James’s favour that he’s doing this for a specific long term goal to set up his own business and secure his family’s future.

On a side note he’s also discovered that the recruitment agencies are now more interested in helping him because he is establishing a track record of productivity and reliability.

So if any of this has not put you off, and you’d still like a job in the mines, here’s James’s scoop on what you need to do.

The inside dirt on finding a mining job

  • Do your homework and expect to have to network for an extended period to secure a mining job.  It’s who you know not what you know;
  • Talk to as many people as possible who work in mining jobs to find out what it’s really like.  And then reflect on whether it will suit you;
  • Try not to be too blinded by the promise of huge salaries.  If the work doesn’t suit you then you won’t be earning huge salaries.  It could even cost you money;
  • Don’t jump in and sign up for too many mining qualifications or “tickets”.  It may be wise to secure the job offer and then discuss with your new employer what tickets to go and get;
  • Expect to have to prove yourself in a dirty, unpleasant, monotonous job before you start earning good money; and
  • Try to have clear and achievable goals as a motivation for moving into what can be a physically and mentally challenging industry.  This will help see you through the tough times.

Finally, good luck making your fortune!

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Sarah Mitchell October 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Hi Richard,

Thank you for the accurate portrayal of what it’s like working in the mines. As you can imagine, we deal with people all day long who think they can walk onto a site and earn a huge income for very little effort. The reality, as you illustrate here, is much different. Mining is hard, dirty work and most miners in Australia spend significant amounts of time away from their family.

The sad thing is many people spend a small fortune on getting licenses, tickets and certifications that will provide no return on investment. So many dodgy companies are operating in this space giving bad advice and trying to cash in.

You’ve done a great service with this blog post. We’re going to share it around our social networking sites.

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Hollie October 9, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Could u help me get a job please

Dean October 10, 2012 at 2:34 am

LOL, no chance to earn $150,000 as a TA. TA’s rate is up to $130,000, sparkies rate is from $150,000 $180,000. Work in mines is not for everyone, extreme heat and humidity, away from family, unpleasant roster (4 weeks on 1 week off) etc

William o dwyer October 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

im Irish an would love a job in the minds certainly not afraid of hard work and very apt wit machinery..so anyone got any idea how to get or who to contact to require a mining job please email me..

vk tupai October 10, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Thanx for this good story it really helps me to prepare myself ahead n wat to expect in the mine industry….cheers

Lisa October 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

Your article describes what it is like for some of the job seekers. There are others that do magically land themselves a job within a month! I know, I speak to trainees every month – I listen to their stories. How do they succeed so quickly – it is helpful to know someone in the industry or relocate to a mining town.
For me, it took 3 years of applying before I got my first job.
Dont be too hasty to discount obtaining tickets/qualifications. It wasnt until I got 3 tickets/qualifications under my belt that I landed two interviews in which I was successful with one. Some companies do look for those tickets/qualifications to help create a shortlist from the thousands of applications they receive.
I would also like to point out that not all jobs are hot and dirty. Driving a dumptruck is the cruisiest job of them all. You sit in an air-conditioned truck all day and only feel the heat when you have to walk from your truck to the crib room for lunch!
In saying that, the hours are long and being away from family and friends often can be taxing. You just have to be smart in how to deal with it – eg. video skyping with family and friends every night.
I’ve been in the industry for 7 years and I love it.

Richard October 14, 2012 at 3:39 am

Hi Lisa
Thanks for you comments. You raise some interesting aspects of working in the mining industry and it’s great that you’ve given me an opportunity to address them.
You’ve highlighted that some people do manage to land a mining job “magically within a month” of starting their search. Many of us have heard these examples and they are quick to be highlighted by the media. The purpose of my blog was to highlight the other side of the coin….that for many people it takes much longer and it often requires strategic planning. Moving to a mining town to secure work is one strategy, but it is one that involves high risk with a high likelihood of no income stream in a regional country town. This is a risk that many people (such as my nephew) who are older and with entrenched financial commitments can ill afford to take.
You’re correct too that some mining companies do shortlist from those with tickets/quals….but many more don’t. And there appears to be a number of unscruplous companies out there convincing unsuspecting mining job seekers to sign up for costly quals without explaining that this can be a high risk strategy (as Sarah Mitchell points out in her comment from 8 October). My blog’s intention was to highlight this fact…..so that jobseekers can be wisely cautious…..and ask more questions before they sign up.
And again of course you’re correct that not all jobs are hot, dirty and back-breaking (eg driving dump trucks), but many more are than are not. And unfortunately it tends to be the good news stories that get the media attention and enter into urban folklore….The reality is that most people working on mine sites are not quarantined from the harsh realities of the environment in an air-conditioned dump truck cabin.
That’s a great suggestion about using Skype as a tool to reduce home sickness. Unfortunately for my nephew it’s not an option as he’s in a remote location at an exploratory mine site with no internet access. He can’t even get mobile reception so is largely cut off. There’s always many facets to our working lives. Hopefully my blog (and your comments) have highlighted several aspects of the mining industry that were previously “below the radar”. Thanks again Lisa.

Richard October 14, 2012 at 3:42 am

Thanks Dean. I’ll pass your assessment of income ranges onto my nephew. I think he’ll still be more than happy with $130,000. 🙂

Livai Tabulutu October 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

The story sound intrested to me. Since 20years I still working for the same company as an Estimator in Govt Printing but for me its time for a change. I like to change my carreer now and love to work in the mine field. It will be a new prfessional to me. I will be available if you contach with me asap.

Lisa Mirtsopoulos October 15, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Thanks Richard for your response. I have some other observations.

1. The article focused on one job from the many entry-level jobs that are available in the mining industry. Driller offsider happens to be the most dirtiest and hardest of them all. Other options exist which include office and pit work in different amounts. Eg. Geologists/geo-techs, mechanical fitters , Safety Advisors, heavy machine operators, serviceman, tyre fitters, de-watering technicians, mine technicians, surveyors, admin staff, logistics (bus drivers, rubbish management), warehouse staff, cleaners etc.

2. The case study in the article was a job based in exploration – drilling based on tenements where the mining company needs to do sampling to establish grades and quantities of ore in order to complete a feasibility study. Therefore, you are in the middle of nowhere, with minimal facilities and no communications.

3. However, being a drillers offsider on a mine site can be more pleasant in that you will have access to full amenities, a well-established camp site and communication networks. The actual job is still the same.

4. You are correct that you must do your homework, talk to as many mining people you can, find out what they do, how they do it, what qualifications you need (and you do need tickets/qualifications for some jobs as can be viewed in the job adverts), the best way to increase your chances of obtaining a job and what the lifestyle is like. When I decided I wanted to drive dump trucks, I found someone who made a video of their typical work day. I watched it in awe and it confirmed to me that I was making the right decision.

5. Most importantly, do educate yourself on the FIFO/DIDO lifestyle. I have trained many people and some don’t last two weeks because it was not what they expected. You do work long hours (12 hour shifts) and day plus night shifts. ACES (Australian Coal & Energy Survey) is conducting a study on the social, physical and psychological impacts of shift work. This type of work does affect family dynamics and relationships. Therefore, definitely do your homework, not only for the job aspects but for the mining lifestyle too.

6. About risks, life is full of taking risks. Without risk, we as humans would not move forward. No one told me that it was a risk to spend thousands of dollars to study three years at Uni because a degree does not guarantee you will get a job. Once you get the certificate, you are left to your own devices. In fact, I never ended up using my degree in any of my jobs. However, it did open my mind, I gained new skills to use elsewhere and it opened opportunities for me.

7. Spending money on education/qualifications is a good risk and is only perceived as bad when people place value on the cost rather than the outcome they want to achieve. Yes there are unscrupulous people out there, in all industries, which is why the internet is a great tool to search for feedback before going ahead.

8. I totally agree with the last point in the article – you must be focused on the goal. It may have taken me three long years to achieve my goal but what is important is that I never gave up on that goal.

I wish the best to all other mining job seekers.

Glen Mallaby October 18, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Check out the underlying link for average mining income… Not really $150k on average

http://content.mycareer.com.au/salary-centre/mining-oil-gas

If you cant handle time in remote isolated locations away from friends and family, long hours and hard dirty and dangerous work then it is not a career for you. If your a whinger or a loner who can’t tolerate others you won’t last…

I have been in mining for over 10 years now and the thing I have learnt most is you won’t win a job with no experience when the industry is going into a nosedive and experienced and trained up people are losing their roles…

If you perservere and get lucky you may get in however I wouldn’t be expending my dollars buying tickets for non-existent jobs on a hope I may get in….

Cheers

Glen

Jenni Proctor (@JenniProctor) October 20, 2012 at 3:12 am

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Paul Porter-Howland February 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Hello All,

The simple fact is that its about who you know.
I have worked in the exploration industry all over the world as a manager and a ceo of a European company. I am also confident and capable on Excavators/Dozers/Scrapers and many other machines. I arrived in Aussie from NZ after trying for a few months to get a job in mining online and with phone calls with no luck. Im sure if I went to Perth I would have more luck but I am currently in Melbourne now and have been trying for another 4 months still with no luck. I have HR and whitecard and all my plant tickets and still I dont get any replies.
So even with 20 years of civil and mining experience its very hard to get work.
I am currently a Project Manager earning possible more than what I would get in the mines but I really love working in remote locations and on big machines, I will keep trying but I sometime feel the people in the agencies have no clue as to what make a good operator.

Susan February 24, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Hi, I would be interested to hear from womean who have worked as drivers in the mining industry….how did they do it, what was the money, hours, expectations and reality and was it physically demanding?
Susan

ANUJ MITTAL March 11, 2013 at 5:07 am

How do I get a mining job?

Steve McCarthy March 16, 2013 at 5:19 am

Paul Porter – That seems a very honest and realistic message and thank you for taking time out. I was going to head over from the uk as i fancy the location and the remoteness. But maybe you have brought me back to planet earth and saved me a lot of money. I will still investigate more but thanks….I am a transport manager and have driven everything i just fancied the challenge of super trucks…

England

Jacky March 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Motswana women looking for unskilled mining jobs.I need anyone who can help me find a job.I am a graduate

Jacky March 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Motswana lady looking for unskilled mining jobs.I need anyone who can help me find a job.I am a graduate

glena March 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I would be interested of any available work @ the mines domestic cleaner/kitchen hand
Im in Australia . No family here not afraid of the isolation..

Justin Brannam March 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I’m from the U.S and seriously considering relocating to Australia. I work in a open pit coal mine and make $80,000 a year. I work in the plant and also operate equipment. (Haul trucks and scraper). Do you think it would be worth my time to look for employment?

Daniel Richards April 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

Hi Richard i am righting this for as much feedback as possible. Iv bin a chef now for almost 8 years and the with the long as well as the unsociable hours with working in the heat and stress in a kitchen has made me think a lot about trying to land a job in Western Australia mining and trying to urn some big bucks. But with only one qualification that iv bust my balls for, the pay just is not getting me any were for my unknown future. So i would be most grate full for some help into trying to land a job in Australia even tho i live in the UK 🙂

Sunnuy April 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

LISA.

I WOULD TURN THE AIR CONDITIONING OFF, BECAUSE IT KILLS YOU SLOWLY.BETTER SUPPORT SOME HEAT…BELIEVE ME.

GOOD LUCK

Tyler April 22, 2013 at 2:17 am

Hello Everybody!

I came from the US in December as one of these hopeful unskilled workers looking for good money and work in the mine. I too am very fit and love hard work. It is now mid April and I finally landed an entry level job as a cleaner at an Iron ore site. This position pays $63k annually and is for a six-month contract. That equates to roughly $5k a month working 2 weeks on 1 week off and 12 hour days for 14 days straight. I have been working general labour jobs and at a restaurant here in Perth. With both jobs I am able to make about $3-4k a month. I am super stoked about starting and have a little over a week before I fly out. This did not come easy and it is going to be a lot of work for not a lot of money ($20/hr) but the hours add up. I got this job through networking and talking to people. That is key to getting hired. Good luck!

Graham Quayle May 2, 2013 at 10:36 pm

If enybody can help me get into the mining industry call me
on 0432 598 911.

vivienne asela May 3, 2013 at 12:47 am

I live in cairns, applying for a housekeeping position and unable to find one. Trying some mines in australia, I’m inerested in going to WA mines and the area i’m looking at is cleaner so that i can fly in and out of town

cristiana mendes May 8, 2013 at 6:36 am

hello, you could help us get a job in the mines in australia?
we are a couple Portuguese very interested in working in australia, more specifically in the mines, we have technicians in technical courses of food and drinks with experience in restaurants and catering, but available to work on something else, I have family in australia already with permanent residence, my husband has the course for technical and industrial mechatronics has a license to drive trucks taken in military training, I can also get a license to drive trucks. would like very much to know what to do to be able to work with the mines in australia, if we could help was really satisfying. thank Cristiana Mendes and Jose Vilas Boas.

Christine May 18, 2013 at 4:51 am

Moved to WA from NZ and got my unskilled husband a mining job after 48 hours of applying online, my 5 relatives that work in the mining industry couldn’t even help my husband get a job. I just devised an application plan and went hard out applying for jobs that I knew my husband could do and would probably be too good for so he would stand out. It’s all about how and where you apply, or who you know.
Husband started on $80,000, still not sure if its worth it. 2 weeks he is home is awesome but the other 2 weeks not so much, especially when you have kid/s.

Christine May 18, 2013 at 5:02 am

Paul Porter

If you moved to Perth I’m sure you would get a job in the mines in no time. My brother in-law started in construction here first and was a supervisor in the mines operating machinery within 3 months. He had only been driving a digger for a couple of years in NZ so had no where the amount of experience you have. Companies just want to know you have stick ability more than anything I think, they spend a lot on training.

Essel John June 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

please my name is Essel John from Ghana and i am excavator operator i want you to help me find a job at Australia mines. I have about (12) years experience please help me find the job there please.

G Jack June 16, 2013 at 6:19 am

Hi people, I currently work underground in Western Australia. It is NOT a good time to be job hunting , many experienced workers with lots of contacts are out of a job. And agree about the training tickets – dump trucks etc. These courses can cost thousands , and can get you no where.
Starting salary at our mine for a nipper ( roustabout ) $A 70,000.
Don’t believe everything you read in the paper !

James June 16, 2013 at 7:44 pm

alright guys, im Jay from the UK, im looking to move to Australia for work in the mining, ive worked in construction since 2009, only as a painter though, so i know my chances are slim, but even as a labourer id work on the mines im a hard worker who would work in all weather conditions i know the weather is nowhere as near as hot as Australia over here but im sure my dedication would overlap any downsides to the mining work…

just what types of jobs on the mines can someone like me get my actual qualifcations are:

painter an deco nvq2
bricklaying diploma 2
cscs card
forklift licence
manual handling
abrasive wheel
tiling certificate

5 day steel fixing which all i did was nipping tying steel

Margie June 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

hi my name is Margie and I am trying to get jobs for me and partner in the mines. we are both hard working and very committed so if anyone can give me some contacts I would be forever grateful. cheers.

robin banks July 1, 2013 at 5:12 am

I want a job in the mines. Give me one now. Call me on 0418448748.
I want good pay and good conditions.
I want good holiday.

Bruce Lewindon July 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hi, I’m 40years old from Melbourne and am currently seeking a career in the mines of W.A.
I am a fully qualified electroplater and have been working in this same trade for the past 25 years as the production manager. I am willing to do most any job but am partial to learning all aspects of driving the dump trucks. I am a very hard worker and would really appreciate the opportunity in becoming one of the team, and even though I would be classed as an unskilled applicant I have plenty of other skills that I can contribute to the team.
I would really like to hear back from you with regards to my next step in this process.
My easiest contact is 0425 769 445.

Thank you,
Sincerely Bruce Lewindon.

Gyush July 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm

help me.I like to work in mining industry.how do I get job in mine?

Phillip July 9, 2013 at 10:32 am

G’day all.
Well I have been reading this blog now! It amazes me how the assumptions grow! Ok first of all I am not speaking out of the mining perspective, however the energy sector which is also known as the CSG Market! Even thou the CSG – for some ridiculous reason are referred to as mining! Just a few minutes ago I got onto this weird blog where they state that unskilled personnel working on the pipelines for the LNG project is earning 150K (LOL) wow they must be lucky I guess! well there is a few people earning that money, but you will find they have a world of knowledge and experience (Experience – WOW such a big word) Experience is the key in this industry, and unfortunately there is a huge shortage of that in Australia, plus a big miss perception. Make no mistake, I do not claim that Australia does not have the people to perform the job, as a matter of fact they are more than capable! The matter of the fact is that all the sudden Australia experience 2 major booming markets due to technology that allows as to find more use of natural resources! and due to the HIGH demand of Skilled work forces in specific areas you will find that some of the employers will pay top dollar to keep them! Now 4 years in this boom Australia have reacted extremely good to the situation, and you will find that they have adapted extremely well to the market by ensuring they can provide qualifications and Titles to the jobs to take “Unskilled” personnel and put them on a 4 YEAR training program! Even thou it will still take you 6-8 years to become a valuable member of this extremely Tiny industry! So yes it takes you 8 years to become something, from day 1 to the 8 year term you will be working you bum off! and a huge amount of people don’t make it (No Brains) oops that sounds harsh but guess what it is a harsh industry with 0 tolerance towards mishaps! I have been living in Australia for 4 years, and I can tell you it is the best place to work in! For some reason you still have the flexibility to work outside the box, what I mean by that is the simple fact that a great around of the companies have not caught up with all the procedures and strict rules! Some think it’s strict or the Australian standards are strict! but I promise you they are not, however they are catching up! I give it 8-10 more years and they will be full on, after all Rome wasn’t build overnight! its a slow complicated process! And that’s why I am in the role! to take on the challenge! Passion!!!!!!

Phillip July 9, 2013 at 10:41 am

Ohhh and some Permanent employees work equal rosters like 2 weeks on 2 weeks off, non permanent employees work 2 weeks on 1 week off!!!! you really need to consider your options! 12hr days! To be honest there is very few people that are permanent! and if you are a contractor or non permanent! Well you have to be worried especially in the bad economy we have that was created by our dearest LABOUR which are greedy!

Bob the builder July 11, 2013 at 3:01 am

I’m sitting in a donga right now at a mine site in the pilbara. This whole operation is a falocy. Overpaid workers doing next to nothing except shooting the shit with each other. I’m a permanent unskilled worker making 65k plus super. 12 hour days 2:1 roster. Nobody does anything except sit on their bums and get paid. I’m on vacation and backpacking thru oz for a year and landed this job. For me it’s vacation so I don’t really care. I do my job, get paid, get laid. End of story.

-bob

glenn July 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

hi
great article
i suppose theres two sides to every story
im 45 and just lost my job of 28 years and completely desperate, my body is worn and sore from hard work,
ive been trying to get into the mines also, but found all the ‘pay to get tickets crap’ which totals up to thousands of dollars for no guarantees , simply business favours amongst companies ,,,,,,,,,
ive made some contacts who said dont waste your time , do what i say to u, ie get a resume done towards making u look good in their eyes and apply constantly, stating no previous experience but dead keen to learn any new skills, i was told they do like ‘greenies’ because older prior experienced people are set in their ways etc !!!!!!!!

Barbara Stephans July 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Hi All:

I am doing some research for some television producers. We are looking for Americans who are currently working in mining in the Kalgoorlie area or other areas of Western Australia to possibly participate in a television project about mining. Please email me if you are currently in Western Australia and would like to discuss this. I may be reached at Barbwsteph@gmail.com

Many thanks, Barb

I have to say…it is so fascinating to me that people are going to another country to work. If I weren’t older and out of shape, I’d be checking it out. Bravo to you who have!!! And what a great resource this article is!

Paul July 18, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Hi I live in Ireland. Me and my family is looking to emigrate out to Australia. Me and my wife have both been out before. I worked on the buildings out there. But we’re back here in Ireland and ready to make the move. I am a qualified panel beater/ spray painter I also have qualifications on putting up security camera and alarms. But since I’ve thought of moving out to Australia I’ve done my dumper ticket and traffic control tickets hoping it would help me secure a job in the mines. We have decided my wife and children will stay In Melbourne with her sister and brother while I go to work in the mines if I’m successful in getting a job. I was wondering is there anybody out there that knows how to get into the mines or company name that I could apply to. Anything would be a help. I would like to be near certain of a job before we move. U can reply via my email if you’d have anything that can help me thanks. http://Www.pigeonmcguire@hotmail.com

Karalyn July 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Hi Barbara – best of luck with all of this! Sounds like a fun project.

Karalyn

frenchie July 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

As many people on this page, I’m searching for some connections for jobs in the mining industry. I’m from Belgium, 27yo, currently working in a restaurant but like 15hours a week… I got no family here so don’t mind being in remote locations.. I have experience in cleaning, catering, driving pallet trucks, working in cold-storage warehouse, and I have an academic background in human resources (master degree and other certificate from Belgium).I would really appreciate if someone could help to have some connections for mining jobs… thank u so much for your help… please text or call on 04 0153 1286

Omoyemi David July 21, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Hello,
and thanks for all the grate blog and comments out there, I currently live and work in Dubai United Arab Emirates, and I am highly interested in moving to Australian to work in the mining Industry, talking about difficult terrain which region is more difficult than UAE in the world, it’s a desert and extremely hot than anywhere in the world. I will appreciate any information on how to secure an offer from employer in the mining sector in Western Australian.
I look forward to hear from anyone who wish to help me genuine information.

David.

Brian Chanda July 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

Hi Everyone,I would love to get a work a job in the open pit mining company in Australia as a face shovel face operator.currently i’m one the fastest loading operator loading minimum 24 and maximum 30 loads per hour.I have worked with face shovels for more than 5years and i will be very glad if i can be connected or helped to get a job in the mines.Please you can use my email. brianchandab@yahoo.com cell number. +260963540979

bradley irwin August 2, 2013 at 3:02 am

Hello my name is bradley irwin.im 24 and have no experience.im absolutely desperate for some sort of entry level job.im willing to relocate and in the progress in getting my dump truck license.my mobile number is 0412100386
kind regards.please so one help me

Kyla Jones August 6, 2013 at 12:43 am

Hi Frenchie. It’s always difficult making connections to progress your career. Have you thought about registering with miningoilandgasjobs.com? It’s free and creating a profile will improve your visibility, increasing your chances of getting headhunted by a top employer in the mining industry.

Good luck and please feel free to get in contact if you have any questions.

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