Mechanics (Diesel, Heavy & Light Plant)
Mechanics in the minerals industry can choose to train and work in the following areas:
Heavy Vehicle Mechanics
Heavy vehicle mechanics repair, maintain and test heavy vehicles, other engines and related mechanical components and may perform the following tasks:
- diagnose, overhaul, repair, tune, maintain and test diesel and petrol/gas-powered vehicles, including trucks, buses, bulldozers and other earthmoving equipment, tractors, stationary engines (e.g. generators, pumps, compressors and drilling rigs);
- detect mechanical and electrical faults by using instruments that check charging and starting circuitry, batteries, ignition and ignition timing, fuel injection systems and speed control, cylinder compression, engine condition, braking efficiency, and wheel balance and alignment;
- repair and maintain the hydraulic components of diesel and petrol/gas engines that are used to power attachments such as hoists, booms, scrapers, buckets and augers, and
- use oxy, electric, TIG and MIG welding, hand fitting or machining processes to replace or repair faulty parts.
Plant mechanics ensure the industries machinery operate efficiently and safely and perform the following tasks:
- Maintain and repair all onsite fixed and mobile machinery;
- Regular servicing of vehicles;
- Performance testing of machinery and vehicles to manufacturers specifications;
- Determine the need to replace components or equipment rather than repair, and
- Work on transmissions and hydraulic systems of heavy equipment.
- Satisfactory results in English, Maths and Science to a minimum of Year 10 level;
- Enjoy practical and mechanical work;
- A commitment to safe working practices and the ability to work to safety guidelines;
- An ability to work successfully as part of a team;
- A willingness and capacity to learn new skills;
- Accountability for your actions and output;
- An ability to work shift work;
- An appropriate standard of health and fitness, and
- No skin allergies or reactions to grease, oil or petrol.
Service Crew, Mobile Plant — Underground: $65,000 — $130,000
Heavy Duty Fitter/Diesel Mechanic: $70,000 — $130,000
Source: www.hays.com.au (July 2008)
Entry is generally through an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. For more information on training, visit the VET Courses section of the Education & Training tab above or our Apprenticeships & Traineeships page.
Mining companies and contractors are the main employers of tradespeople in the mining industry. Visit Current Vacancies for links to relevant employment websites.