Cadet Mechanical Engineer


Location: Wollongong

Job Type: Full time


About South32

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come.

Illawarra Metallurgical Coal is a long term and leading coking coal supplier which operates two underground Metallurgical Coal Mines, two preparation plants and a logistics chain.


Cadetship Overview

This 2-year paid part-time cadetship is a unique opportunity for 2nd, 3rd or 4th year Mechanical Engineer students to jump-start their career and pursue an exciting pathway within the Mining industry.

Based in the Illawarra, your part-time placements over the 2 years will allow you to balance your university study while completing meaningful work relevant to your degree with the opportunity to be made permanent. Combine your engineering studies with work experience to build the perfect foundation for your career, all while receiving professional and financial support in a paid role.

If you’re studying a degree of Electrical Engineering now is the time to take control of your future and achieve your professional ambitions by launching your career at South32!

Why South32?

  • Gain practical underground mine experience
  • Financial Education Assistance for University Fees
  • Study leave to complete course requirements
  • Undertake projects to improve operational efficiencies
  • Contribute to South32’s safety guarantee
  • Participate in a team that embraces collaboration and an inclusive culture
  • The opportunity to participate in networking events to connect with other career entry cohorts and line leaders
  • Mentoring in the workplace
  • Free parking on site

To be successful you will:

  • Be a 2nd, 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student currently enrolled and studying Mechanical Engineering
  • Be available to start part-time employment from February 2024
  • Hold a current driver’s licence
  • Commitment to full term of the cadetship and study requirements;
  • Willingness to learn and develop new skills and knowledge;
  • Demonstrated interest/passion in Engineering and problem solving;
  • Have strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Have strong mathematical and spatial awareness;
  • Applicants must have the right to live and work in Australia


This position will be based at one of our two underground mines in the Illawarra, Dendrobium or Appin mine, which are located in the southern coalfields of New South Wales, near the coastal city of Wollongong and approximately 75 kilometres south and southwest of Sydney.

Our culture

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.

Our values of Care, Trust, Togetherness and Excellence will guide your decision making and interactions, while supporting you in generating courageous solutions.

We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.

South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.

Please ensure cover letter is included as part of your application.

Applications for this job will close on Wednesday 4th of October

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