Geotechnical Technician | Minerals Australia | Indigenous Opportunity | Bowen Basin

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About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential.

Indigenous Peoples are critical partners and stakeholders in many of BHP operations both within Australia and around the world. Many of our operations are located on or near lands traditionally owned by or under the customary use of Indigenous Peoples and the long-term nature of our operations allows us to establish long lasting relationships with these Indigenous communities.

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 the Role

We are seeking a motivated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who is interested in pursuing a career as a Geotechnical Technician. No Mining, Engineering or Geology experience necessary!

Geotechnical Engineering is a critical department within BHP Minerals Australia, accountable for slope design, monitoring and management to ensure the safety and sustainability of mining activities.

This role is responsible for assisting the Geotechnical Field Technician and Site Geotechnical Engineers in installing instrumentation and monitoring equipment, managing data acquisition and completing preliminary interpretation. You will be trained to establish and manage telemetry communications for monitoring equipment across all BHP operated Coal Mines in the Bowen Basin.

Through this program, you will work and learn about mining in general. A typical day will be a balance of office and field work, you’ll work closely within the team but will have the opportunity for independent projects to challenge your growth.

Following the completion of the 2 year fixed term program, the intent is that a permanent role is awarded within the Geotechnical team.

About You

Training and development in the role specific responsibilities will be provided to the successful applicant.

The ideal candidates we are seeking will:

  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Must have an unrestricted light vehicle driving license.
  • Live locally to the Bowen Basin as the role will be based in Moranbah on a 4/2/4/4 or 5:2 roster.
  • Have completed (or completing by the end of 2020) secondary schooling or minimum 5 years work experience in any field with an interest in Science, Maths, and Computing based subjects.
  • Have a strong desire to learn and develop a range of new skills associated with Mining, Engineering, Technology and Earth Sciences.
  • Be curious and inspired to learn. To achieve your career goals, you may be open to pursuing further company supported Vocational (Cert III, Cert V or Diploma) or Tertiary education (Associate Degree) at the conclusion of, or during the program.
  • Be motivated to achieve individual and team goal and objectives with a willingness to actively contribute to attain results.

To apply

Include with your application a resume and cover letter which states your interests in applying for this role.


The role is based residentially in the Bowen Basin either, drive in drive out (DIDO) from Central Queensland, or being based locally. Let’s discuss how we can make this work best for you.

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 this position will only be open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants. The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and s 105 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld)

Providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is an important part of our 2017 – 2020 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). For more information about our RAP, please visit the below link: