In the ‘Job Sites’ series we run over the major Australian Blue collar job sites from all over this big beautiful country of ours, plus a few other exotic locations. In each post we include an Overview of the site, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, potential Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that may help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements – if there are any. 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 job sites around Australia.
Note: ‘Job Site’ articles are aimed to help workers looking for production, maintenance, shutdown and contracting work. If you are looking for Major Construction Project Jobs you may want to check out our Major Project Articles.
About Trade Jobs in Antarctica
One of the best perks about being an Australian blue collar worker is the opportunities to go work in remote and interesting locations both in Australia and overseas. We know a bunch of crew who have worked all over Australia, in NZ, PNG, all over SE Asia, in the Middle East and quite a few who have done the full or half season in Antartica – all of them loved it. Here’s some details to set you in the right direction if you are keen.
- Australia’s government via the Australian Antarctic Program (AAP) conducts various activities in Antartica from scientific research through to logistics and transport.
- The AAP runs and maintains three year-round research stations, Casey, Davis and Mawson.
- The population at each station ranges between 40 and 100 over summer, and 15 to 20 over the winter months. Each season more than 500 expeditioners travel with the Australian Antarctic Program.
- Each station is made up of station leaders, tradespeople, scientists, doctors, chefs and communications experts. There is also a remote support team at head office in Australia.
- If you are considering this one, you will probably have a thousand questions, like:
- What’s it like living there?
- How do I get there?
- What do I pack?
- etc etc?
- Here is a link to the 2016-2020 Australian Antarctica Handbook to give you some background.
- And here are a couple of videos to give you an overview:
Organisations Involved with Trade Jobs in Antarctica
- Australian Antarctic Program – Australian Government
For the latest announcements, Major Project, Shut-down and Even-time roster jobs
Occupations Potentially Required for Trade Jobs in Antarctica
- Instrumentation & Electrical Trades
- Mechanical Trades
- Plant Operators
- Mobile Plant Operators
- Plant Operators
- Cleaning Staff
- Labourer / Trades Assistants
- Health & Safety
Qualifications to Potentially Help you get a Trade Jobs in Antarctica
- Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or Licences
- Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
- Drivers Licences
- Cert IV or III Instrumentation (For Electricians)
- High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
- Safe Working in Confined Space Course
- CPR and First Aid Certificate
- Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening.
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
Disclaimer: Cribhut Group is not an employer or recruiter for the above mentioned site, this article is provided for information purposes only. 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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