FIFO Electrician Jobs are some of the most rewarding positions in the mining industry in Australia and around the world. The position is very diverse and can cover a broad range of duties and tasks.
The rosters for Fly In Fly Out Electrician jobs is usually an 8-6 or a 14 & 7. Meaning that you work for eight days straight and then have six days off, or you work for 14 days and have seven days off. As there is not an excess of electricians in the mining industry, some companies are still paying for flights to and from your nearest airport.
The duties covered as an electrician are much the same as your average industrial sparky, just on a lot bigger size. The size isn’t the only thing that is different, the safety surrounding electricians in the mining industry is quite amazing. The lock out tag out principles are very strict, which helps save lives as there can be numerous people needing to work on the same circuits and in the same areas. It would be disastrous for one worker to liven up a circuit while another employee is working on something 100 metres down the line.
Electrical certificates differ between states, so if you are fully qualified in Queensland, you will still have to complete some paperwork to get certified in Western Australia. It makes it quite painful when you have to wait on this if you have already lined up a position in a different state
Below is some certifications that can help you get a job. Most of them, you will need before you start, but some your new company may put you through them.
- Electrical Trade Qualification * In state your working in*
- Confined Space Work
- Working at Hights
- Senior First Aid
- Gas Testing
- Construction Card
- Drivers Licence
- High Voltage * if working in High Voltage areas
Some duties and tasks on site
- Fill out safety paperwork
- Assist in Digging trenches
- Pulling Electrical cables
- Laying Electrical cables
- Electrical Wiring
- Maintain Safety at all times
One of the major issues with being an electrician on a mine site is the number of safety briefings and orientations you go through. Companies actively seek employees who have current orientations, as it saves them a lot of money and time.