There are many different jobs involved in the mining industry in Australia, some are for the inexperienced and some are for people with degrees or a trade.
I thought I’d write about a few of them here as I come from an electrical background and have an interest in other trades too as I have worked alongside them for many years and also a lot of my friends I grew up with have trades too, including being Diesel Mechanics in the paper making industry.
Diesel Mechanics play very important roles within the mining and gas industry.
Here I’ll try and let you know what they do and a how you may get a job in this trade and even how to get started if you want too.
What does a Diesel Mechanic do?
Diesel mechanics service and repair diesel engines and all associated diesel equipment, a task that requires a real extensive knowledge of diesel engines, their systems and their parts.
The common duties in work may range from equipment repair, overhauls, troubleshooting of faults, adjustments, testing, fabrication of parts, maintenance and oil changes in heavy duty equipment that is used in construction, transportation, forestry, mining, oil and gas, forestry, material handling, land clearing, farming and all similar activities to these, where diesel machinery is used.
They are usually employed by companies which own and operate the machinery, also by heavy equipment dealers, rental and service companies, railway transport companies and local bus / transport companies that still run diesel buses and the like.
In relation to the mining industry, the Diesel Mechanic may work on heavy earthmoving, agricultural machinery, heavy lift vehicles and stationary plant equipment and a lot more depending on the industry they are working in.
Work for a Diesel Mechanic is either in a workshop or out in the field and onsite, usually it will be a very dirty job.
In either case, Diesel Mechanics must be equipped and skilled to work with a variety of tools and diagnostic equipment to get their job done quickly and efficiently.
What skills and experience you may need to get a Diesel Mechanic job in the mines?
- Trade Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Diesel Fitting) through an apprenticeship
- Recognition of existing skills, experience or other qualifications
- Experience in similar industry either in Automotive, Manufacturing or Agriculture
- Be physically fit and safety conscious
- Be a team player and have an ability to adapt to shift work
- Willing to work away from home
- No skin allergies or reactions to hydraulic oil, grease and fuels
Where the Diesel Mechanic job may lead ::
All of these below roles are in the mining and related industries too.
- Gaining a dual trade within the mining industry
- Mining work
- Working in training or maintenance planning
- Supervisory or Management positions
Summary and where to look for Diesel Mechanic jobs in Mining ::
So there you have it, a short insight into being a Diesel Mechanic in Australian mines, if you are looking for work or looking at a career as a Diesel mechanic, look on the Australian Job search sites, there are plenty at the moment in the mining industry and also in associated indutries, just type “Diesel Mechanic jobs in mines Australia” into your computer search engine.
If you are looking at just starting your career as a Diesel Mechanic and want to work in the mines, you have to start somewhere, so go and get qualified, just type into your computers search engine “Diesel Mechanic course” or “Diesel Mechanic apprenticeship” and there are many ways to get your qualification or get on the road to working in this job in Australian mines.
Or another alternative, whether your qualified or not, ring up the companies that hire Diesel Mechanics and ask if they have any positions or if they take apprentices if you are looking to start your career, I remember ringing around for jobs when I was young, ringing shows a bit more get up and go and resourcefulness on your part and that may be a good thing in the potential employers eyes, you never know what may happen unless you put yourself out there.
If you like this list and are interested in mining you may also want to read Mining Towns in Australia
Or you can go back to the main page, Jobs in Mining