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2022 Mining Engineer Graduate Program

About Whitehaven Coal

Whitehaven Coal is an important player in Australia’s only emerging high-quality coal basin. We help power developed and emerging economies in Asia where there is strong and growing demand for our product, particularly for use in high-efficiency, low-emissions coal-fired power stations. With 20 years of industry experience we have developed a growing reputation for excellence in project delivery and safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operations.

About The Role – Graduate Mining Engineers

At Whitehaven, we are looking to grow and develop our future leaders. This starts with you!

Our two-year development program is intended to give you a breadth of experience across our sites and functions. You will gain practical skills and training from both on-the-job learning experiences and formal development sessions. This is a rare opportunity to rotate through both underground and open cut operations before selecting which area you are interested in pursuing for your permanent post-program role.

The program is divided across three rotations (two x 6 month rotations & one x 12 month rotation). These rotations are residentially based in the Gunnedah and Narrabri region, with the exception of some functional rotations based in our Sydney and Newcastle offices. Our key operational sites include:

  • Maules Creek
  • Narrabri
  • Tarrawonga
  • Werris Creek
  • Rehabilitation sites (including Sunnyside & Rocglen)

What we offer

Relocation & accommodation

We assist by providing camp accommodation in the region for your first 6 months, after this Whitehaven will cover your relocation to the region. At the end of the program, you will be offered a permanent role.

Learning and Development

We provide learning and development opportunities for all graduates tailored to your career trajectory. This includes the relevant technical skills training that you will complete as well as personal development & mentoring to support you in meeting your true potential.

Be out and about

You’ll spend your first year out in the field getting your hands dirty, operating machinery and learning on the job. No two days are the same as you’ll gain a deep understanding into how a mine operates. During your first year you will be placed at two different sites or teams as you begin to build your understanding of the business.

Alignment with Statutory Qualifications

The Engineering Stream is aligned with statutory qualifications through the NSW Resources Regulator that ensure you are job ready at the end of the program. These qualifications include:

  • Electrical Engineer (Open Cut & Underground)
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Open Cut Examiner
  • Mining Engineer

Who we look for

We are looking for graduates who are adaptable, keen to learn and resilient. If you share a passion for our guiding principles of safety, teamwork, respect integrity and excellence – this is a great opportunity for you!

We are seeking applications from recent or soon to be graduates that have completed their course in the last 2 years (2019-2021). For this role as an Engineering Graduate, you will need a tertiary qualification that will likely be in one of the following disciplines:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Process Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Metallurgy / Minerals Processing
  • Mining Engineer

To learn more about the program, head to our website at https://whitehavencoal.com.au/people-careers/graduates-students/

Next Steps

Our applications are still open for a small number of Graduates to join the 2022 Graduate intake starting in mid-January 2022. We are actively shortlisting candidates who will undertake a cognitive and psychometric assessment as well as interviews and a medical as part of the recruitment process for these highly sought after roles.

If this sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you to discuss opportunities with Whitehaven Coal.

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  • Job type:Graduate Jobs
  • Disciplines:

    Engineering, Engineering Civil Structural, Engineering Electrical,

  • Work rights:

    Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand

  • Locations:

    Regional New South





  • Position Start Date

    January 17, 2022

  • Program Duration

    2 Years

  • Closing Date:10th Dec 2021, 6:00 am


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