BHP WAIO Train Driver Traineeship | Port Hedland | Residential & FIFO

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About Us

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 the Role

The BHP Iron Ore Rail Operations team are thinking big for the future of Heavy Haul Train Driving in WA.

We have developed an initiative that will change the way we recruit and train locomotive drivers into the future of Rail and BHP, enabling our experienced professional team to pass on their pride, passion and performance to a new cohort of train drivers.

The Rail Operations Trainee Program is your opportunity to follow an intensive course to learn our safety systems, how we operate, and the skills required to become a qualified shunter. The course then progresses onto a driver training program that will see you pass-out as a qualified heavy haul train driver on completion.

Trainees will utilise new technology, virtual reality, and hands on scenarios to accelerate their learning in a program more ambitious than anything we have done previously in Rail. This trainee pipeline enables candidates new to the industry to develop a career that will support their development and families for decades.

You will work alongside a supportive team, interface with Shunters, Drivers and Trainers in a new training centre on site in Port Hedland. With periods in our Perth office to be trained on other facets of our business.

Reporting to one of our Training Supervisors, the role will be challenging, the course will require focus and confidence.

Once qualified you will be responsible for some of the longest, heaviest trains in the world, across a network spanning 1,330km of track. You will work 12 hours shifts starting around the clock and there will be long periods where you will work alone. The role is based in the heat of the Pilbara and includes emergency response, breakdown rectification and compliance to strict regulatory safety processes. But you will be supported every step of the way, as you learn the industry and tasks required to become a professional driver.

About You

We are eager to engage with people who have a genuine interest in starting a career within the Rail industry and come from a range of diverse backgrounds. We are looking for adaptable, positive, individuals who are open to exploring the world of rail whilst learning something new every day. As a BHP Trainee Train Driver, you will learn to operate within Safe Work practices to ensure the reliable delivery of Iron ore from Mine sites to the Port Hedland Port Terminal. It is critical that you perform all duties in accordance with Network Rules, Regulations and Safe Operating Procedures.

The following skills are a sample of the attributes you need to be successful:

  • The ability to maintain high standards of safety, equipment serviceability, housekeeping and compliance with specific tasks and procedures
  • Able to be decisive and autonomous, be prepared to stop if instructions are unclear and have the confidence to make those decisions instantly
  • A friendly and collaborative approach to colleagues and customers
  • Committed and reliable, keeping up with training whilst fulfilling operational requirements
  • Current West Australian C Class manual driver’s license.
  • Computer literacy would be advantageous

Rosters and Location

You will be trained on our sites in the Pilbara on a 7 day shifts, 7 days off, up to 12hrs per day roster for both FIFO and Residential groups. Before transferring to our typical operational rosters.

Our qualified FIFO drivers currently work 7 day shifts then 7 night shifts then 14 days off rosters. Our residential teams currently follow a 3 day shifts, 3 night shifts then 6 days off roster. All of our team have rolling sign-on times so those shifts could start at any time of the day or night in a 24 hour period, informed in advance.

Once qualified your operational location could be based anywhere on our network, with FIFO from Perth. With both Newman and Port Hedland if residential.

We ask you to consider how these rosters will fit in with your lifestyle before applying for these opportunities.

About Port Hedland

Port Hedland is home to our Port and Rail operations and is the largest regional centre in North West Australia. The 20,000-strong population enjoys well-established education services, entertainment, shopping and medical facilities.

As a successful residential applicant you will also be provided with subsidised rental accommodation in addition to power and water subsidies.

As a successful FIFO applicant you will have access to outstanding facilities at our villages include; a fully equipped gym, TV lounge and games rooms. All rooms at the villages have their own en-suite bathroom, television, refrigerator and air-conditioning.

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.

We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.

To submit your application click on the 'Apply' button below before18th April 2021.

Reference Number – 35137

  • We reserve the right to commence recruitment proceedings immediately.