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 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
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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.
Occupations Required at the BHP Jimblebar Mine Project
- Electrical Trades
- Mechanical Trades
- Building Trades
- 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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