Underground Loader Operator - Nickel West - Leinster

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

29 May 2019

Date closing

27 June 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential.With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success.

About Nickel West
Nickel West is a fully integrated mine-to-market business. Our culture is rich with technical know-how, highly efficient and focused on innovation. The business employs over 2500 people from five operations across Western Australia comprising of nickel underground and open-cut mines, concentrators, a smelter and a refinery. We also have plans to expand our operations with new mines in the northern Goldfields and a large nickel sulphate plant in Kwinana.A member of the BHP Group, Nickel West is undergoing an exciting business transformation to become a globally significant supplier of battery materials to the electric vehicle market. Nickel West will soon become the world’s largest producer of Nickel Sulphate, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries. As the world’s largest producer of nickel briquettes and nickel powder, Nickel West is leading the new-energy revolution in Western Australia. Nickel West has an exciting future ahead. We invite you to join us at Nickel West as we seek to energize our future.

About the role

  • Competitive salary on offer plus 12% superannuation and a range of company benefits
  • Family friendly roster 7 days on/6 days off, 7 nights on/8 days off roster flying in and out of Perth
  • 2 years Fixed Term contracts on offer
As a key member of the Production Team, the Underground Loader Operator is responsible for the movement of all broken material in accordance with forecasted bogging rates. You will be required to operate the loader so as to minimise damage to the machine, tyres and bucket while maintaining level roadways to maximise safety and haulage rates. You will be required to bog out both development and production workplaces as instructed.

About You

  • At least 2 years’ experience as an Underground Loader Operator. Experience with 1700 and 2900 Elphinstone loaders is not a must but will position the candidate favorably;  
  • Basic mechanical knowledge of underground loaders;
  • Understanding of underground mining operations;
  • Confidence in communicating clearly and effectively on a two-way radio;
  • Self-motivated with a strong commitment to working in a team and be multi-skilled;
  • Ability to obtain a Site Blasting Certificate; and
  • A valid Australian Manuel Drivers' License.
As part of the recruitment process for this position you may be required to undergo a pre-employment medical and participate in a background screen including a criminal history check, identity check and qualifications check.

Nickel West Leinster
Nickel West Leinster is located 375 kilometres north of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. The operation sources nickel ore from the Perseverance Underground Mine and Cliffs Underground Mine before crushing and processing to produce a concentrate. The Leinster Village and Township offer a unique lifestyle with all the modern conveniences – an Olympic size swimming pool, health and fitness centre, race-course and even an 18 hole golf course. Nickel West Leinster is a clean shaven and non-smoking site.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognize that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people.

On offer is a range of employee benefits including development and career opportunities together with competitive remuneration package, including share options, generous superannuation contributions, 18 weeks of paid parental leave, performance based bonuses and a great working environment.
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