How to get a Job at the APLNG Export Pipelines Project, QLD

In the ‘How to get a job at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country.  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.


About the APLNG Export Pipelines Project

From the APLNG Website

Australia Pacific LNG today (16 August 2011) announced it has awarded MCJV, a joint venture between McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd and Consolidated Contracting Company Australia Pty Ltd, a multi-million dollar contract that will deliver the main gas export pipeline for the project and provide more than 1,000 construction jobs to the region.

Australia Pacific LNG Project Director, Page Maxson, “MCJV is a large Australian-based contractor with extensive experience in delivering major pipeline projects and we will benefit from that expertise with delivery of a pipeline on schedule and to our stringent specifications.  The pipeline is a critical component of the project acting as a transmission line to carry CSG from the gas fields to Curtis Island in Gladstone where it will be processed for export to international markets.”

From the McConnell Dowell Website

MCJV, a joint venture between McConnell Dowell Constructors (Aust) Pty Ltd and Consolidated Contracting Company Australia Pty Ltd, today announced it will commence immediate delivery of the Australia Pacific LNG 415 km main export pipeline and associated facilities.

The delivery of the 36” and 42” diameter gas pipeline and associated facilities from the coal seam gas (CSG) fields in the Surat and Bowen basins in south western and central Queensland to Curtis Island, off Gladstone, follows MCJV’s completion of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and early works contract awarded in December 2009 by Australian Pacific LNG.

Mark Twycross, General Manager – “MCJV will have a peak workforce of more than 1000 people and will deliver the large diameter gas pipeline and associated facilities over a two year construction programme.”

Major site works will commence in mid 2012 with completion due by the end of 2013.


Location Profile -Toowoomba & Darling Downs

Toowoomba, Surat Basin, Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles, Bunya Mountains, Farming,  Coal, Agriculture, CSG, Power Stations, Hunting, National Parks, Country Pubs, Moto X, Trail Riding, Wineries, Inland Fishing, 4×4, Camping, Bushwalking, Boating, Canoeing

Population (Region): 250,000 est (2012)

Toowoomba Regional Council Link

Western Downs Regional Council

Toowoomba Greater Region – Rents as at May 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 165 – $ 325

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 185 – $ 425

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 280 – $ 1000

Toowoomba Greater Region – House Prices as at May 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 150,000 – $ 330,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 150,000 – $ 455,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 250,000 – $ 3.300,000

Climate data for Toowoomba
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 39.3 37.0 35.0 32.3 27.2 26.1 24.7 29.5 31.6 36.2 38.1 38.9 39.3
Average high °C 27.6 26.6 25.5 22.9 19.6 16.9 16.3 17.9 20.9 23.7 26.0 27.5 22.6
Average low °C 16.7 16.6 15.4 12.3 9.1 6.3 5.3 6.0 8.5 11.5 13.8 15.7 11.4
Record low °C 8.9 7.2 6.1 3.5 -1.8 -3.6 -4.4 -4.2 -0.4 1.9 3.8 7.4 -4.4
Avg. Rainfall mm 132.1 121.1 94.6 61.9 58.4 56.8 52.0 39.5 46.7 72.2 89.5 120.0 944.0
Avg.Rainy days 11.5 11.1 10.9 7.9 8.2 7.4 6.9 6.1 6.7 8.2 9.5 10.6 105.0


Companies Involved with the APLNG Export Pipelines Project

MCJV  – McConnell Dowell and Consolidated Contracting Company joint venture


Occupations Required at the APLNG Export Pipelines Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning and Catering Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the APLNG Export Pipelines Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or QLD Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Australian Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP’s, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
  • Safely Working at Heights for EWP workers
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • Dogging/Rigging Tickets
  • First Aid Certificate


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition


APLNG Export Pipelines Union Greenfields Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.



Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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    • Owen

      Hey Wesley, doesn’t have any ties with the recruitment for this project. MCJV use an Employment Portal on there website, you will have to register your name and details in the ‘careers’ section. If you are having trouble finding where to register your details, give the HR staff a call in there Brisbane office, they will be able to point you in the right direction.


      Owen @ Cribhut

  1. Annette Pirie

    My partner is a carpenter how does he go about applying for a job on the gas pipeline? Are there any positions available in Brisbane or Toowoomba? Regards Annette Pirie

    • Owen

      Hey Annette, doesn’t have any ties with the recruitment for this project, so I don’t know the exact answer for work in Toowoomba or Brisbane question. If you click through on the McConnell Dowell link on the website and introduce yourself to the HR staff in the Brisbane office they will be able to help you out.

      MCJV use an Employment Portal on there website, you will have to register your name and details in the ‘careers’ section.


      Owen @ Cribhut

  2. shane

    how do you go about actualy attaining one of the jobs on the pipeline ? i cant seem to even get a reply, and i havent seen much in the way of boosted employment,so where exactly do you you apply to share in this so called boom in queensland

    • Owen

      Hey Shane,

      It all depends on what you do, if you have relevant experience and which stage of the project they’re in?
      Have you put your name down on McConnell Dowell’s career portal? If you have I’d give them a call and introduce yourself, that’s always a good touch.

      Other companies that have work in these regions are Thiess ( call the Brisbane office and talk to their HR staff ), Saipem – they are doing the other LNG pipeline, and I’ve heard are ramping up workers now. Their website is a little harder to navigate around, I couldn’t find any contact phone numbers, but again you’ll need to use their career portal ( ).

      A trick I’ve personally learnt with some of these career portals is – If you log into your profile it brings your profile back to the top of the pile, these companies want to see that you’re keen.

      I hope this helps you out mate, if you want to have a chat about it all give me a call on (07) 54 713 112


      Owen @ Cribhut

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