Getting into the mines
I have been over here in Adelaide for 6 months now and i have been trying to break into the mining industry for the last couple of months but i keep getting knocked back due to not having any mining experience. I am a boilermaker/welder with over 20 years experience. Has anyone got any ideas how to get around this?
Yep I totally agree it is difficult to get into to the mining industry, what I have been told if you don’t have mining experience it is tough to break into the mining, an option may be look at the service industries or 2nd tire industries to the mining sector.
So, what I can say is I have just been laid off from Mitsubishi plant closure, and I have just got a short term contract at the Olympic Dam project.
When I know how this world operates I will be glad to advise…. Bearing in mind you may be taking advice from an armature.
Hope all go well
Thanks for the advice.Sorry to here about you losing your job,i hope all goes well for you at olympic dam keep me posted on how you go on in the mean time i will just keep plugging away with my applications until they get fed up of me and have to give me a job!!
Sean, fingers crossed for you. Now your C.V is looking good, I'm sure you'll find work, no worries.
Last edited by Roo1; 21-05-2008 at 10:00 AM.
I have previously posted links to websites in the job section. Send your CV off to all the companies. Yes they do tend to employ people who have experience in the mines but there is a major shortage of qualified people so you might just get that phone call. Good luck.
Mark is a regional project Manager in structured cabling networks.
We were going down the sponsored route but the company has been so slow we are putting our TRA in. .....AFTER WAISTING MONTHS!!
When Mark spoke to the state manager of his potential employer he seemed a little concerned they wouldn't be able to pay him enough for his experience...the wage suited us though!!! But he did mention they lose a lot of staff to the mines because the pay is better.
Is there any call for his skills in the mines??
u can start off by doing shutdown work at the mine sites just to get the feel of things, when your there ask questions about permanent roles. well its friday afternoon suns out 27 degrees and beer o clock. bye
Last edited by Russfamily; 18-04-2008 at 03:56 AM.
Getting your foot in the door
After reading your thread ,the boys at work and i felt that we should give you a few pointers along the way to help you find employment in the mines as we have had the same hassles in the beginning.
First off don't bother sending your resume to the big companies direct ,the human resources people are only looking for the right people with experience and wont even send your resume to the relevant superintendent/supervisor on site.
Try the agencies ,i Know they are a pain in the ass to talk to and give you the run around but trust me with enough perseverance you some times get a lucky break. Unfortunately SA is a fantastic state but where mine work is concerned you have very limited options with where you want to go.
My advice GO WEST its booming here ,the pay would be around $20,000 to $30,000 gross more than working at Olympic dam and that will easily compensate for your airfares a year around $11,000 to $13,000 Gross. That way you can still enjoy living in SA and getting the big bucks!!!!!.
The last thread was right ,try shutdown work 1,2,3 day shuts will get you a sniff but it has to be worth it especially if its in WA. One day shuts are good because the labour hire companies are desperate to make up the numbers for the mine sites requirement's. If your interested i will post some labour hire companies to contact and websites to check out, my mate the big bad boiley knows a few companies to try here as well so that should get you up and running. The only down side is to make it worth your while ,you would be looking at a 2/1 or above rosta to be cost effective to fly.
Last edited by Footsoldier; 25-04-2008 at 01:09 PM.
Reason: Poor spelling sorry !!!!
Hi , was looking into mining work myself, i'm suprised you didn't get snapped up, i'm an Electrical Engineer so in a similar place, I've been in contact with a few mining firms, they didn't want to know, strangely, so go onto their websites and look up the CONTRACTORS that the mines us, these people are screaming for skills like yours, the money is just as good your just working for another firm, also, the mining industry in WA is massive, out of control almost, they are sucking the skilled people in, you can work fly in fly outs (3 weeks at the mine then a week off sort of thing) and they will fly you from Perth, so you just have to stand the fare from Ads to Perth, there is massive movement of people from SA to WA to compensate for the trend (all over in fact not just SA), us poms are then filling in the gaps left by the ozzies, the main mines in SA are iron ore - surface mining and Uranium,(uranium not for me to be honest.)
Also I have had good responses from Agencies finding workers for the mines, a lot of companies in the UK only employ this way too now, through an agency, it's just the trend so try your luck, let me know how you get on!
Just reading a couple of your previous posts, your missus said that she works for Adecco as a recruitment consultant, i just checked their website and they have boilermakers jobs. Why cant she get you a job?