Mine Operators - Weipa

Rio Tinto

Posted on:  17th Nov 2023

Mine Operators - Mobile Plant

  • The perfect balance, our roster gives you more time for the things that are important in your life and to your family and community
  • Our friendly teams look after each other because your safety and wellbeing are always our priority
  • Permanent employment which includes attractive salary, annual bonuses and a huge range of additional benefits which are designed to make your life better

Where we’re all welcome 

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us who we are. 

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds. 

We acknowledge that all people are different and believe that our differences are our strength. The diversity of skills, life experiences and perspectives within our team enhances our way of working and our ability to achieve success together.

About the role 

We are looking for local people to join us as Mobile Plant Operators, with group interview sessions held locally in February 2024. You’ll safely operating mobile plant including dozers (Cat D11R, T bulldozer), front end loaders (992G and 993K) and rear dump trucks (100Tclass). This is a great opportunity for people with a strong work ethic, commitment to learning and a ‘can do’ attitude who are looking to live an incredible lifestyle with adventure and world-class water activities on your doorstep. With a supportive leadership team and a development plan in place, we’ll help you achieve success and progress your career. 

Living in the idyllic Weipa region, you’ll work at our Northern or Southern Operations and working a rotating 4,5,5 day/night shift lifestyle roster, giving you more time for the things that are important to you outside of work. We have options to suit your lifestyle and goals, at East Weipa and Andoom (Northern Operations) you’ll be home after each shift and for roles based at Amrun (Southern Operations) you will stay at our newly built camp during shift and commute back to Weipa on days off, with an additional allowance to compensate time away from home. 

Whether you’re new to your profession or experienced in your field, and whatever industry you have exposure to, we have opportunities that will provide interesting work and growth opportunities for everyone.

You’ll be part of an inclusive team, supported by your Supervisor to grow and achieve your own personal goals as well as the goals of the team.

What you’ll bring  

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • A manual ‘C’ class driver’s license
  • Respect for others and an all-inclusive mindset
  • Previous experience in operating heavy mobile equipment
  • High degree of ownership and responsibility for the equipment under your control

If you are excited about the role and think you have what it takes but your experience doesn't align 100% we still want to hear from you. 

What we offer  

  • Weipa accommodation benefit
  • Remote area allowance
  • Amrun allowance (for roles based at Amrun)
  • Remote area holiday travel assistance
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A permanent position working directly for Rio Tinto
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Company provided insurance cover
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical wellbeing support
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (annual, paid parental, sick leave)
  • Exclusive employee discounts (banking, accommodation, cars, retail and more

We are committed to promoting diversity within Rio Tinto and as a special measure to we strongly encourage women to apply.

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and materials company. We operate in 35 countries where we produce iron ore, copper, aluminium, critical minerals, and other materials needed for the global energy transition and for people, communities, and nations to thrive.  

We have been mining for 150 years and operate with knowledge built up across generations and continents. Our purpose is finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs – striving for innovation and continuous improvement to produce materials with low emissions and to the right environmental, social and governance standards. But we can’t do it on our own, so we’re focused on creating partnerships to solve problems, create win-win and meet opportunities.  

Where you will be working

Our Weipa Operations includes three bauxite mines, processing facilities, ship loaders, an export wharf, two ports, power stations, a rail network and ferry terminals. Located on the Western Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland, each year the operation produces more than 35 million tonnes of bauxite.  

Our operations are supported by a 1,900-strong workforce—including 26 per cent who are women and 25 per cent Indigenous employees. Activities include mine operations, maintenance, asset management, ports, cultural heritage management, and processing facility management.  

The development of our new mine, Amrun, which was completed in 2018, will extend the life of our Weipa bauxite operations by decades to come and significantly build on our 55-year history on the Western Cape.  

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