With so many jobs and careers out there today that are involved in and around the mining industry here in Australia, there are some jobs that are for the inexperienced worker and other jobs that are for people who have the necessary experience with degrees and/or with a trade behind them.
I thought I’d write about them here as I come from being an electrician in my early years and have an interest in other trades too as I have worked alongside with them for many years, my friends which I grew up with have a vast amount of different trades too, we were mainly in and around the paper mill industry (That’s right Paper Makers) and now they/I work in different places all around the World.
The Line Worker and Cable Jointer, on site’s and in jobs around the sites, play very important roles within the mining and gas industry in Australia and around the World.
Here I’ll try and let you know what they basically do and a how you may get a job and even how to get started if you want too.
What does a Line Worker Cable Jointer do?
Line Worker and Cable jointers can do a lot of varied work, in a nutshell though a line worker is a job / trade that constructs and maintains electric power transmission and distribution facilities, this can also roll out into telecommunication equipment such as fibre optics etc, a cable jointer makes and repairs joins in power supply and control cables which can also include telecommunication equipment too, so there is a lot of crossover’s in these jobs.
Some of the work that may be done by both jobs include pulling electrical cables through underground pipes, pulling cables into overhead cable trays, join cables in transmission and distribution systems, preparing low and high voltage cable joints, all types of cable terminations, connecting and installing electrical equipment and overhead lines, testing and locating cable faults, the maintenance and repairing of cables, updating location diagrams as changes occur, connecting conductors between sub stations, help in the manufacturing and preparing cable jointing components, digging trenches, service pits or tunnels, encasing cables in protective covers and installing or replacing cables to name a few things.
What’s the difference between a Line Worker Cable Jointer and an Electrician?
A Cable Jointer is a professional who works with heavy insulated cables such as telephone, high-voltage, fibre optic cables and all inbetween.
An Electrician is a tradesman who specialises in the electrical wiring of buildings, stationary machines, related equipment and many other facets of electrical supply.
A Lineworker is a tradesman who maintains and constructs electric power transmission and distribution facilities, also more recently the term has been used for those who maintain and install telephone, cable TV and fibre optic lines too.
What skills and experience you may need to get a Line Worker Cable Jointer job in the mines?
These skills and experience relate to entry level apprentice Line Worker or Cable Jointer through to an already qualified Instrument Fitter.
- Be sound in literacy, math’s and science at a minimum of Year 10 schooling
- Experience in similar industries which might be manufacturing
- Be physically fit and safety conscious
- Team player and ability to adapt to shift work and sometimes long hours
- Be capable of working at heights and also in confined spaces
- Appropriate safety course qualifications
- Are willing to work away from home
- Complete an apprenticeship into the industry
- An Electrical Trade Licence in some circumstances
Where the Line Worker Cable Jointer job may lead ::
- Power stations
- Industrial processing plants
- Manufacturing and production
- Mining sites
- Construction industry
- Domestic and industrial wiring installations
- Telecommunications industry
- Electricity supply industry
Summary and where to look for Line Worker Cable Jointer jobs in Mining ::
So there you have it, a brief insight into what it takes to be an Line Worker or a Cable Jointer in the Australian mining industry, if you are looking for work or looking at a career in this job role, look on the Australian Job sites, there are many around at the moment in the mining industry and also in all the associated mining industries, just type “Line Worker Cable Jointer jobs in mines Australia” or “Line Worker Cable Jointer jobs in mines Australia” into your search engine.
If you are considering or just about to start your career in this job and want to get out and work in the mines or in the fringe industries of mining, you have to start somewhere, so go and get pre qualified, do your inductions for your employment, pre vocational or pre apprenticeship training courses and your ready to go and don’t be afraid to ask questions of people in the know.
Whether you have your qualifications or not, you can call the companies that hire in these job roles or the mining companies and ask if they have any positions or the best place to start as you are looking to begin your career, I remember ringing around for a lot of jobs when I was young, this was before I started my own trade and also after, ringing companies shows a bit more get up and go on your part and that is a great thing in the competitive current market, you never know what lies ahead unless you put yourself out there and get into it, so make those calls and start your career as an Line Worker or a Cable Jointer in the mining industry.
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