Job Sites: How to Find a Job at Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine – Pilbara, WA

Job Sites: How to Find a Job at Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine – Pilbara, WA

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About Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine

From the Roy Hill website

The Roy Hill Project is a 55 million tonne per annum (Mtpa) iron ore mining, rail and port project being developed in West Australia’s Pilbara region.

Situated approximately 115 kilometres north of Newman, Roy Hill is a world-class,
low phosphorus, Marra Mamba iron ore deposit located in the Pilbara – one of the world’s premier iron ore provinces – and the only independent iron ore project with West Australian majority ownership.

The Project will consist of a:

  • Conventional open pit, bulk mining operation from multiple production benches
  • 55Mtpa wet processing plant
  • 344 kilometre single line, heavy haul railway
  • Purpose built, dedicated two berth iron ore port facility at Port Hedland, capable of receiving, stockpiling, screening and exporting 55Mtpa (wet) of direct shipped iron ore as lump and fines.

The Roy Hill Project has a defined mineralisation of more than 2.3bt of +50% Fe iron ore of which 1.2bt is +55% Fe, enough to sustain a mine life of more than 20 years

Roy Hill is on track to load its first shipment of ore for export in late 2015.

Roy Hill operations consists of three key parts:

Roy Hill Mine and Processing

The Roy Hill Mine has an initial mine life of 17 years, with a likely extension beyond that of 12 years. Roy Hill is an owner operator, conventional open pit, drill and blast, truck and excavator bulk mining operation.

Roy Hill’s purpose built, world class mine processing plant will utilise low risk, proven technology to process 55Mtpa (Wet) of lump and fines iron ore. It and will be the largest single feed processing plant in the Pilbara region.

A wet processing and beneficiating model has been selected, as approximately
70 per cent of the bedded ore resource is below the water table and contains wet, sticky plastic, clay-rich shale bands, which are difficult to handle in a dry crushing and screening process.

Roy Hill Rail

Roy Hill’s independently owned and operated railway is a 344km standard gauge, single line, heavy haul railway built to transport 55Mtpa of iron ore from the Roy Hill Mine to the dedicated Port stockyard facility, in the Boodarie Industrial Estate south of Port Hedland.

Five ore trains per day will operate from the Roy Hill Mine, each consisting of two diesel electric locomotives hauling 232 ore cars with a total payload of 31,132 tonnes of ore. Due to the undulating nature of the terrain to the north of the mine, for the first 30 kilometres of the journey to Port Hedland, each train will initially be assisted by rear located, manned banker locomotives.

Roy Hill Port

Roy Hill’s purpose built, world class iron ore port facility at Port Hedland is capable of receiving, stockpiling, screening and exporting 55Mtpa of iron ore as lump and fines and has been designed to accommodate possible future expansion.

The Port stockyard has the capacity to store over 2.3 million tonnes, with ten 230,000 tonne live stockpiles, with space to store additional material as necessary.


Location Profile – Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara

Port Hedland, Newman, Ningaloo Reef, Onslow, Karratha, Millstream Chichester National Park, Dampier, Mackeral Islands, Tom Price, Pilbara, Karijini National Park, Marble Bar, Rudall River National Park, Iron Ore, Rail, Port, Natural Gas, Salt, Manganese, Fishing, Snorkelling, Diving, 4×4, Skate parks, Tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Hockey, AFL, Swimming, Gorges, Hiking, Boating, Adventure

Population: 48,610 (2010) ABS

Pilbara Regional Council Link

Pilbara Region – Rents as at Jan 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $950 – $1600

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $1100 – $ 2300

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 1450 – $ 3000

Pilbara Region – House Prices as at Jan 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $310,000 – $759,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $395,000 – $1.150,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $490,000 – $2.700,000

Climate data for Port Hedland Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 49.0 48.2 45.9 42.4 38.8 35.5 34.4 36.8 42.2 46.9 47.4 47.9 49.0
Average high °C 36.4 36.2 36.7 35.2 30.6 27.6 27.2 29.1 32.3 34.8 36.2 36.6 33.2
Average low °C 25.6 25.5 24.5 21.4 17.2 14.2 12.3 13.2 15.4 18.4 21.3 24.0 19.4
Record low °C 18.1 16.3 15.8 12.2 7.0 4.7 3.2 3.7 7.7 11.1 12.4 16.6 3.2
Avg. Rainfall mm 62.2 94.8 50.1 22.4 27.0 20.7 11.1 4.9 1.3 0.9 2.7 18.1 316.3
Avg.Rainy days 5.1 7.3 4.5 2.0 3.1 3.0 2.2 1.2 1.0 0.8 0.6 1.8 32.6


Number of opportunities for Jobs at Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine

From Roy Hill careers website

Construction of the Roy Hill project is now in full swing, with more than 3,500 currently employed on the Project through major contracting firms. We are now recruiting for a wide variety of Operations positions across all departments including mining, processing, port and rail.

In a snapshot:

  • Peak construction workforce of  more than 3,800
  • Operations phase: more than 2,000 employees at full production, consisting of more than 1,500 FIFO employees and a number of employees living in Port Hedland. The balance will be based at the Corporate Headquarters and Remote Operations Centre in Perth.
  • Operational employee numbers will increase by 320 in 2014, 530 in 2015, 250 in 2016 and the remainder over the period 2017 to 2020.

Companies Involved with Jobs at Roy Hill Iron Ore Mine

Note: Roy Hill is gradually moving from the construction to operations and maintenance phase.

Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd – Owner / Operator / Maintainer – Roy Hill Careers Page – Roy Hill Linkedin Page

Downer EDI – Mining Operations – Downer Mining Contract Announcement – Downer Careers Page – Downer Linkedin Page

Easternwell – Drilling Services – Easternwell Drilling Services Contract Announcement – Easternwell Careers Page – Easternwell Linkedin

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Occupations Potentially Required for Jobs at Roy Hill sites

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Gas Fitters Trades
  • Production Plant Operators
  • Mobile Plant Operators
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators / Riggers / Doggers
  • Labourer / Trades Assistants
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to Help you get a Job at Roy Hill sites


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


Roy Hill Union 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.

At this stage we cannot find any current maintenance agreements.  Periodically we check this and will add the appropraite EBA’s if and when they are found.


Disclaimer: Cribhut Group is not an employer or recruiter for the above mentioned site, this article is provided for information purposes only.  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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