Earthmoving jobs: Start small and build up
IT WOULD be pretty difficult to successfully argue that you could just drop yourself into the operator's seat of a massive piece of earthmoving equipment and just get on with working.
It's not going to happen. You need to know what you're doing. Which means you need experience, which puts us in a loop - can't get a job without experience, can't get experience without a job.
What you can do though, is make yourself as employable as possible.
Richard Burke, owner of Diggerman Training on the Sunshine Coast, said he recommended starting out smaller and working up.
"Our advice would be to get a licence that does not require a great deal of experience to operate, such as a roller or loader," he said.
"Register with labour hire companies and highlight you have one of these licences.
"Once you are in the front door it is up to you to prove you can be reliable, work safely, follow directions and be eager to learn.
"People with these qualities will be welcomed back and may be offered further training or employment."
Diggerman Training does exactly what its name suggests - provides prospective operators the training pathway they need to a career in civil construction or earthmoving.
"We try to guide inexperienced operators the best ways for them to break into the industry through the different pathways not clearly shown by others outside the industry," Richard said.
"Our trainees have built roads and bridges, developed site pads, installed irrigation and worked in many locations where civil works are required.
"We have a large training facility where operators get the opportunity to do real site-specific training rather than repetitive sterile training. We promote small class sizes so students get plenty of time in machines and more one-on-one time with the trainers."
As the heat comes off the mining sector and the CSG/LNG industry continues to gain pace, there are still opportunities for operators across Queensland.
"At present we are working in Injune on a gas project and we also worked in Chinchilla last year," Richard said.
For more information about Diggerman Training, visit www.diggerman.net.au.