How to get a job at the Solomon Mine Project – WA

In the ‘How to get a start at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country.  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.

 The Solomon Mine Project Overview

From the Fortescue Metals Website


Solomon Stage One

Construction of this large, low cost mining operation began in the June Quarter 2011. More than three billion tonnes of high grade ore has been discovered so far at the Solomon Hub, 120 kilometres to the west of the Chichester Hub, and the operation will take advantage of low strip ratios, conventional mining methods and Fortescue’s existing integrated supply chain. A maiden reserve of 716 million tonnes announced in May 2011 underwrites plans for the first stage of the Solomon Hub to produce 60 million tonnes of ore each year from the Firetail and Kings deposits.  Firetail is a bedded Brockman deposit with a product grade of 59 per cent Fe. At the Kings deposit, approximately five kilometres to the south in the adjacent valley, the resource is predominately Channel Iron Deposit, with a product grade of  57 per cent Fe.

Solomon Stage Two

To date, 1.1 billion tonnes of resource has been identified in the area slated for the second stage of development at the Solomon Hub.  This resource base is expected to increase substantially over time as exploration drilling targets key areas. The feasibility study for this stage focuses on targeted production of 100mtpa. Stage Two’s Sheila Valley deposit has mineralisation similar to that of Kings and Firetail and will also be mined using low cost, traditional truck and shovel methods.


From the RCR Tomlinson Limited website

Structural, Mechanical, Piping & Electrical (SMPE)
RCR Resources/RCR Power

Client: Fortescue Metals Group
Location: Solomon Mine, Pilbara WA
Duration: Nov 2011 – Ongoing

RCR has been contracted to carry out Engineering, Procurement & Construction works (EPC) and pre-commissioning of Fortescue’s King’s Ore and Firetail Ore Processing Facilities at the Solomon Mine.

The scope includes RCR core competencies of Structural, Mechanical, Piping and Electrical (SMPE) works and is scheduled for completion in December 2012.

The contract is valued at over $600 million, and follows receipt of  equipment orders for apron feeders and belt feeders to RCR’s Mining Business by Fortescue for the Solomon project totalling $30 million.


From Cimeco’s website

Cimeco is carrying out the EPC contract for this multi discipline project for FMG. The engineering design, supply, fabrication, procurement, construction and commissioning of the three Sizer Hubs at the Fortescue Metals Group’s Solomon Project.

The Solomon Project involves the mining of a world class iron ore resource. It is located in the Pilbara region, 200km south of Port Hedland, and approximately 60km North of Tom Price in Western Australia.

Engineering activities included the installation of the three sizer hubs consisting of the following:

  • Doubled sided ROM Bin
  • Concrete buttress and reinforced earth wall
  • Apron feeder,
  • Primary Sizer
  • Primary conveying system (Incl, weight meter, Tramp magnet and belt splicing station)
  • The Secondary sizer and structure
  • Control building, switch rooms and associated process infrastructure works.

Construction work covered all disciplines including:

  • Civil concrete works;
  • Structural steel and plate work supply, fabrication and erection;
  • Procurement/ erection of major mechanical and electrical items;
  • Piping supply, fabrication and erection;
  • Electrical works including transformers and instrumentation works;
  • Commissioning of 3 x sizer hubs.


Location Profile – Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara

Port Hedland, Newman, Ningaloo Reef, Onslow, Karratha, Millstream Chichester National Park, Dampier, Mackeral Islands, Tom Price, Pilbara, Karijini National Park, Marble Bar, Rudall River National Park, Iron Ore, Rail, Port, Natural Gas, Salt, Manganese, Fishing, Snorkelling, Diving, 4×4, Skate parks, Tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, AFL, Swimming, Gorges, Hiking, Boating, Adventure

Population: 48,610 (2010) ABS

Pilbara Regional Council Link

Pilbara Region – Rents as at Jan 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $950 – $1600

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $1100 – $ 2300

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 1450 – $ 3000

Pilbara Region – House Prices as at Jan 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $310,000 – $759,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $395,000 – $1.150,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $490,000 – $2.700,000

Climate data for Port Hedland Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 49.0 48.2 45.9 42.4 38.8 35.5 34.4 36.8 42.2 46.9 47.4 47.9 49.0
Average high °C 36.4 36.2 36.7 35.2 30.6 27.6 27.2 29.1 32.3 34.8 36.2 36.6 33.2
Average low °C 25.6 25.5 24.5 21.4 17.2 14.2 12.3 13.2 15.4 18.4 21.3 24.0 19.4
Record low °C 18.1 16.3 15.8 12.2 7.0 4.7 3.2 3.7 7.7 11.1 12.4 16.6 3.2
Avg. Rainfall mm 62.2 94.8 50.1 22.4 27.0 20.7 11.1 4.9 1.3 0.9 2.7 18.1 316.3
Avg.Rainy days 5.1 7.3 4.5 2.0 3.1 3.0 2.2 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.6 1.8 32.6



Companies Involved with the Solomon Mine Project


Occupations Required at the Solomon Mine Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning and Catering Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Solomon Mine Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or WA Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Australian Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP’s, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
  • Safely Working at Heights for EWP workers
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • Dogging/Rigging Tickets
  • First Aid Certificate


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition


Solomon Mine Project Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.

RCR Resources Pty Ltd – Solomon Ore Processing Facilities Project Greenfields Agreement 2011

Cimeco Pty Ltd FMG Solomon Project Construction Agreement 2011


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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  1. eden ripp

    hi my name is edee .im trying to get up north as a industrial cleaner ive worked for (ess) iluka for nearly a year now have my white card and im hoping you can help me ,do i need anything else ?any help would be appreciated thank you.

    • Owen

      Hey Eden,

      There is a competency called Certificate III in Asset Maintenance (Cleaning operations). When you said you worked with ESS was that for camp cleaning duties, and is that along the same lines as you’re chasing again? Just trying to find out a little more details about exactly the work you’re after.

      Owen @ Cribhut

  2. jamie

    Hi Owen, I am trying to get started in the mines, work as a labourer in vic, on forrest machinery etc, dont have the tickets though, could you give me some advice on where to start, thanks

  3. nick scott

    Hey mate….been runnin my own business for a couple years and looking at going back to mines..was working underground in mt isa few years back and heavy industry all my life…where do i start?

  4. Dave

    Dave Nate how ya goin I am a qualified boiler maker got basic rigger ewp forklift an couple other tickets how would I go gettin work over west Solomon mine project be goid

    • Owen

      G’day Dave,

      Unfortunately Cribhut doesn’t have any ties with recruitment on the Solomon project. The companies that have been awarded work on the projects are about half way down the article, and links are provided to each companies website. Your best bet is to call their office, introduce yourself and go from there.

      Goodluck mate.

      Owen @ Cribhut

  5. Marlene

    Hi, I have worked as a Peggy and a trades assistant over the past three years I have all of the relevant tickets ,white card fork lift first aide working at heights confined space elevated work platform,cert IV in training and cert IV WHS I am looking for work in Queensland. I am willing tackle almost any thing but would love to get a whs position I hope you can help me

  6. Laurie


    I have thousands of hours dozer experience (D8) in the agricultural industry but I don’t have a ticket. I have expierence on other agricultural plant and have a HC licence with some experience. Grew up on a farm so have lots of labouring,hand tool, welding experience, etc.

    I am looking to get a start at a mine preferably driving a dump truck, but I will consider anything and will go anywhere. I am not afraid of hard work and I am responsible and reliable.

    Any ideas as to where I can get a start? Cheers.

    • Owen

      Hey Laurie,

      Nice to see you have existing experience operating dozers mate. The Haul truck operator gig is a hard one to get on to as every man and his dog is after that, but it definitely isn’t impossible. Because everyones situation is different, family, location and so on, we put together a guide to help people land a start in the resource industry.
      It’s free to download at:

      There are some good tips to getting a start in here, a lot of the times you will need to begin working in one of the mines on a entry level position and work your way up. This is covered in the Kickstart Guide though.

      Good luck mate, once you have gone through it and you have any other questions flick through an email to or give me a call on (07) 54 713 112.


      Owen @ Cribhut

  7. mic Robinson

    hi owen I have just moved me and the family from Sydney to wa hoping to get in the mines, I have no experience for the mines, I have done the standard 11 induction course, I have also worked on the oilrigs, any ideas on how to get a start,,

  8. Daniel

    Hey owne just woundering if they is work for steel fixers im currently working in a mine in Roma , any info would be appreciated .. Thanks..

    • Owen

      Hi Daniel,

      Unfortunately Cribhut doesn’t have any ties with the recruitment on the Solomon Project, so I can’t give you an accurate answer.
      Your best bet is to give the companies a call and speak to their representative about the project. They will be able to point you in the right direction.

      Note : Make sure you hae a set list of questions, the project you’re interested in and all the relavant information ready to go. Also remember to be polite, you will be speaking with the poeple that are involved in getting you a start.

      Here’s the ph number for Forgacs (Cimeco) – (08) 6389 8500

      Good Luck!


  9. Finn

    I am a WA licenced electrician with additional tickets (ewp,work at heights,confined space,first aid)looking for FIFO work in WA.

    • Owen

      Hey Finn,

      As Cribhut doesn’t have direct ties with recruitment in this project permanently, it’s best to use the links provided in the major projects articles to go through to the relevant companies websites and register for work on there specific career portals.
      Also by registering on you will be matched with any new job advertisements coming through on the website and instantly notified by text message and email.

      Thanks for the support mate!


      Owen @ Cribhut

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