Industry Map Q&A: Heavy Machine Operator

Australian Mining: What are your primary roles and responsibilities in your job? Give us a day in your working

Machine Operator: Heavy machine operator all rounder. mainly grader operator maintaining roads. loading of haul trucks when on 993 or 994 loader.

AM: What training/education did you need for your job?

MO: On the job training was provided.

AM: How did you get to where you are today? Give us a bullet point career path.

MO: -persistence getting into mining
-do the hard yards in a truck
-show up to work everyday
-take any roster you can to get into mining
-work hard and listen to instructions
-willing to work that extra mile

 AM: What tools and/or software do you use on a daily basis? 

MO: A GPS system is used in most mining gear.

AM: What is the one thing that you are most proud of in your professional life? 

MO: My work ethic and rewarded for hard work.

AM: Biggest daily challenge? 

MO: Dealing with incompetent people who don't listen to instructions.

AM: Biggest career challenge?

MO: Being the mining industry the biggest challenge is to hold a secure job; and people not showing up to work making us uncompetitive.

AM: What is your biggest frustration in your job?

MO: The influx of incompetent people who don't listen and are only there for a quick buck. also a lot don't show up to work.

AM: What is the biggest challenge facing your business?

MO: Fluctuating commodity prices.

AM: Is there anything else about your job you want Australia to know?

MO: If your keen to join mining please show up to work and work hard to keep us competitive.


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