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Process Technician - Nickel West - Kalgoorlie

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Western Australia

Work type

Full Time

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Date published

14 June 2019

Date closing

28 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. Come and be a part of this 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, with a large Nickel Sulphate plant is being built at our Kwinana Refinery, this is 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 4 shifts (both day-shifts and nightshifts) on 4 days off roster
  • Great residential role - be home every day (no FIFO option)

We are currently seeking Process Technicians from trainee level to experienced operators for open positions within our Furnace, Converters and Materials Handling Teams.
The Furnace department is where molten nickel matte is produced, this is then transferred to the converting area where the molten is further processed to produce a higher grade Nickel Matte. This matte is then granulated and either sold to export customers or transported to the Kwinana Refinery for further processing.
As a Process Technician, you will be responsible for the safe operation of control systems, slag haulage and materials handling trucks, loaders and other machinery, conducting workplace inspections, carrying out data collection, maintaining accurate records and participating in continuous cost and process improvement initiatives.
For those who are new into the industry, we will train you in the essential skills on how to safely monitor and operate plant and equipment.  As part of this traineeship, you to gain a nationally recognised Certificate III qualification that will provide the foundation for a potential career within BHP
Applicants should be motivated to create a career in the mining and processing industry.  All required training will be provided on the job, people of all backgrounds and experience are encouraged to apply. 
  These roles rotate through various tasks, some machinery operation, some process plant operation and you will be required to work both day and night shifts on 2 days on, 2 nights on, 4 days off roster.

About You

  • Ready to start work in the mining and processing industry.  All levels of experience welcome to apply.
  • A commitment to always work safely and be proactive in identifying safety hazards and controls.
  • Willingness to learn and thrive on a complex process plant.
  • Ability to handle complex tasks in an effective manner
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to learn

  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 Kalgoorlie
Kalgoorlie is the largest inland city in Western Australia and due to its central location is positioned at the heart of the Goldfields as a vibrant mining town and a major gateway to the Eastern States. Although fairly isolated, the City of Kalgoorlie/Boulder offers modern shopping facilities, a huge variety of sports, and schooling for all ages up to high school. There are contemporary housing options for all budgets, sporting clubs and leisure complexes of all descriptions. The Kalgoorlie Nickel Smelter receives nickel concentrate from our mining operations in Leinster and Mt Keith as well as from our Third Party Feed concentrator in Kambalda. Nickel West Kalgoorlie incorporates a flash furnace smelter, converters and an acid plant which has the capacity to produce up to 110,000 tonnes per annum of nickel matte.   All Kalgoorlie roles are residential, FIFO is not an option.  Nickel West Kalgoorlie is a non-smoking operation.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise 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.
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