Mechanical Technician (Fixed Plant) | WA Iron Ore | Residential Newman | Talent

Western Australia
May 24, 2024
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About BHP 

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities. Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success.

Come and be a part of this success.

About the role 

Are you a Mechanical Fitter, Boilermaker or Experienced Fixed Plant maintainer with a mechanical trade? Does the sound of reduced costs of living with great pay and benefits, all while living the country lifestyle appeal to you? Well, we are seeking you.

Our Fixed Plant Mechanical teams are currently hiring Maintainers to fill permanent positions at our Newman Operations. Working in a team of mechanical maintainers, and reporting to the Supervisor Fixed Plant Maintenance, you will be responsible for the carrying out of preventive, reactive and planned maintenance tasks to support plant availability in the field. With the support of a strong and proactive Management team, Engineers, Electricians and all of BHP’s resources, you have the ability to continually learn and develop in your career and make a difference to our operation.

These are residential roles based on even-time rosters (day & night shift).

To find out more about working at BHP, and to meet some of our team, click here

In this role you will: 

  • Demonstrate an overriding commitment to health, safety, environment responsibility and sustainable development
  • Maintain a high profile in the promotion of safe working conditions and practices to ensure a safe working environment
  • Undertake preventative maintenance inspections in accordance with maintenance planning systems and recommending appropriate follow-up action
  • Repair and service fixed plant equipment, attend breakdowns and maintain plant availability
  • Ability to collaborate to fault find equipment in breakdown situations
  • Carry out all activities within the whole-of-job scope, including pre-work, preparation of JHAs and organizing materials, execution, testing and completion of tasks
  • Ensure operational discipline in 1SAP Work Management practices, from raising of notifications, execution of Work Orders on both planned and unplanned situations


In this residential role you will be based in Newman, Western Australia on a lifestyle roster pattern.  You will be working at the closely located ‘Mount Whaleback’ mine site, which at more than five kilometres long and nearly 1.5 kilometres wide is the biggest single-pit open-cut iron ore mine in the world. The 5,000 strong population of Newman enjoys well-established town facilities including a newly revitalised town centre and sporting facilities.  As a gateway to the Karijini national park, you will be in close proximity to spectacular gorges, water courses and stunningly unique landscapes. As this is a residential position you will also be provided with subsidised rental accommodation in addition to power and water subsidies.

Other residential benefits include: 

  • Country lifestyle that is complemented by reduced cost of living through company housing and heavily subsidised power and water
  • Close proximity to mine site (walk to work)
  • Be home every night 
  • We will provide relocation assistance from anywhere in Australia

About you

  • Australian recognised Mechanical Trade with experience in Fixed Plant, Mechanical Fitters, Boilermakers or other Mechanical trades with Fixed Plant experience accepted  
  • Minimum C Class Driver’s License – essential
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to safe systems of work
  • Hydraulics experience desirable
  • Previous Plant maintenance roles desirable
  • Experience with 1 SAP or similar systems is highly advantageous but not essential
  • Ability to adapt and work within planned or breakdown maintenance environments
  • Proactive with belief in the value that maintenance can bring to an organisation
  • Team focused and able to work collaboratively
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working autonomously when needed

What is on offer?

  • Career development and company progression with BHP
  • Ongoing training and upskilling opportunities provided
  • Outstanding facilities
  • Permanent positions
  • Competitive salary
  • Generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms
  • A broad range of discounts through our employee benefits package
  • Annual bonus scheme
  • Generous share match scheme
  • Ongoing support for you and your family through our Employee Assistant Program


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. 

If you are already employed directly by BHP, please log in using your BHP email address or apply via our internal jobs portal. 

Supporting a Diverse Workforce  

The size, stability and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance-based bonuses and a best-in-class employee share program. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  

At BHP, we know that we are strengthened by diversity. We are an Equal Opportunity employer that is committed to making BHP a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive and be at their best every day. We are focused on creating a workforce that’s more diverse and represents the communities where we work and live. providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and recognise that true diversity includes gender, age, race, disability status, sexual orientation, religion, neurodiversity, education levels, and many more aspects of your identity.

BHP is committed to providing a recruitment process that is fair, equitable and accessible for all. If you have a disability, we know that it may be helpful for us to adjust our process to make it equitable for your individual situation. If you would like to reach out to someone about your situation and our recruitment process, please email us at