Indigenous Opportunities | Rail Network Maintenance Trainees | Port Hedland 8/6


Location: Port Hedland

Job Type: Full time


About Us

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people looking to start or continue their career in mining to Think Big with 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.

About the Role

We are offering a number of exciting Maintenance Traineeship opportunities within our Rail Network in Port Hedland. The program is designed to develop cultured, engaged, highly skilled and work ready trainees, providing you with nationally recognized qualifications upon successful completion. You will be provided with industry-leading training and mentoring by some of BHP's talented workforce. You will also experience first-rate working conditions with a focus on safety, quality and teamwork.

The traineeship will take you through the Rail Network Maintenance teams that maintain the track, and involve everything from cutting and replacing rail to measuring track geometry and checking data sets.

Successful candidates will start their training on a 5/2 4/3 roster, then move to an 8/6 day shift only roster when operational. (Subject to change with operational requirements). The roles are either offered FIFO from Perth or Residential if you are already based in Port Hedland.

We will take your experience from other industries and help you apply it to mining, Why not You? Why not now? Hear from some of our current employees - BHP Values Your Experience

What can BHP Iron Ore offer you?

  • A two year intensive Traineeship with the industry leader;
  • Nationally accredited Certificate II in Rail infrastructure maintenance.
  • Specialised training;
  • Competitive remuneration package;
  • Long term employment opportunities;
  • Mentoring and guidance; and
  • Full uniforms and PPE

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants wishing to apply for the Maintenance Traineeship program must meet the following criteria;-

  • Hold a current and valid WA "C" class Manual driver’s license
  • Strong commitment to your own wellbeing and the wellbeing of others
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills both written and verbal
  • Proven attendance record (recent school or employment history)
  • A high commitment to safety systems and procedures
  • Enthusiasm to learn and motivation to succeed
  • Demonstrate basic administrative and/or computing skills.

These positions will only be open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

About Our Process

At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks.

BHP also requires employees in Australia to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our people (from the 31st of January 2022 or earlier depending on relevant state health directives). If you are applying for a role at BHP please consider this new requirement when submitting your application. BHP will also adhere to any relevant health directives that may be made that affects our workforce. For further information please see our website (LINK)


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/these positions is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), and s 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).

We strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In particular, BHP has a deep commitment to the traditional owners of the land upon which it operates. In Western Australia this includes, but is not limited to, the Njamal, Kariyarra, Palyku, Banjima, Nyiyaparli, Ngarla, Ngarlawangga, Yinhawangka, Thalanyji, , Tjiwarl, Tarlpa peoples, together with the traditional owners of Kalgoorlie. Providing employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is an important part of our 2017 – 2021 Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). For more information about our RAP, please visit here.

To submit your application click on the "Apply" button

  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • We reserve the right to commence recruitment proceedings immediately.
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