How to get a Job at the BHP Jimblebar Mine Project

In the ‘How to get a job 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.


About the BHP Jimblebar Mine Project

The Jimblebar Mine is an iron ore mine located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 41 klms east of Newman.  The mine is fully owned and operated by BHP Billiton , and is one of seven iron ore mines the company operates in the Pilbara.  The new construction is estimated to employ more than 2000 construction workers and 600 operational workers.

From the BHP Billiton website

BHP’s investment into further growth of Western Australia Iron Ore industry – US$3.4 billion (BHP Billiton share US$3.3 billion) for the development of Jimblebar mine and rail links, and the procurement of mining equipment and rolling stock that will deliver initial capacity of 35 mtpa, with embedded options for expansion to 55 mtpa for incremental capital investment.


Location Profile – Port Hedland, Karratha and 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, AdventurePopulation: 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 BHP Jimblebar Mine Project

Fast JV ( Fluor and SKM Iron Ore Joint Venture) – Procurement

Decmil – Install permanent Warrawundu accomodation village

Thiess – Bulk earthworks, Infrastructure and awarded contract to actually mine Jimblebar.

Downer EDI – High Voltage Electrical Contractor

Monadelphous – Structural, mechanical and piping works of stacking, reclaiming, train load out, product sampling and water infrastructure.

UGL – Transfer stations,  interconecting conveyors, ore stockpile crushing, scalping and product screening.

Macmahon Holdings – Construct haul roads.

RCR Tomlinson and Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture – Primary and secondary crushing facilities, including overland conveyors.


Occupations Required at the BHP Jimblebar 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 BHP Jimblebar 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


Jimblebar Mine Union Greenfields 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.

At this stage of the project no EBA’s can be found.  As we find the EBA’s them will be updated into this article.


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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    • Owen

      Hey Hamish,

      If you are looking for work on the Jimblebar Mine Project, the links to the companies involved are in this article under ‘Companies that are involved in….project’. Your best bet is to contact there HR staff and introduce yourself to them.

      Also, take a look at, there has been some good jobs come through lately.

      Cheers mate,

      Owen at Cribhut

    • Owen

      Hey Matty,

      We are expecting a range of different opportunities to come through shortly. Cribhut just had a big win with a new solid employer committing to sending out 50 Ads per month starting next week or the week after and a handful of others looking at between 5 to 20 ads per month soon to follow. Last years employers will also be advertising again when they are back into their grooves. These jobs will be coming through in the near future, hopefully they’ll be chasing workers that suit the mobile plant operator associated roles you’re interested in.

      To register with Cribhut, jump onto Register your details and the website will set you through completing your profile.

      Also, there’s a short explainer video on that page aswell mate.


      Owen @ Cribhut

    • Owen

      Hey Daniel,

      About half way down this article under the heading ‘Companies Involved with the BHP Jimblebar Mine Project’ there is a link of company name.
      Each company name is a link to their website, once you’ve gone through to there website you can apply for any jobs going in the career portal, you’ll find these under ‘jobs with us’ or ‘careers’.
      There is also the option of calling up the HR staff, introducing yourself and enquiring about any positions. To find the relevant office click through on ‘contact us’ and you can find th eoffice contact details.

      Remember to have a set of questions ready before you call up.

      Good luck mate!

      Owen @ Cribhut

    • Owen

      Hey Geoff,

      Unfortunately we have only had a few jobs come through for the Jimblebar Project and that was late last year. Your best bet would be registering your interest on the relevant companies career portals.
      In each major project article there’s a list of all companies that have work on the project and their scope of work.
      The company names are also links to their websites. If you click through on this link and then find their ‘careers’ section, you’ll be able to register your interest for work here.

      Good Luck Geoff.


      Owen @ Cribhut

  1. David

    I am an Intermediate Rigger, will be advanced by next week. I have my Boom lift, working with heights, confined spaces, first aid etc. What are the chances with obtaining a position with only little experience?

    • Owen

      Hey David,

      Having all the tickets will certainly help, as well as the qualifications most of the recruitment teams on these larger projects will be chasing workers with around the 3yrs relevant experience. Even if you don’t have the bulk of the experience it’s still worth registering your interest in work on the project.
      I haven’t heard much about the Jimblebar Mine Project for a while, but I know the Gladstone LNG Projects are chasing Riggers at the moment.
      Here’s the link to register on the Gladstone Project:

      Note, it’s a good idea to log back into each companies career portal every week or two to refresh your profile.

      All the best mate!

      Owen @ Cribhut

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