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2023 Graduate Program - Mechanical Engineering

About the Program

The Whitehaven Coal Graduate Program is an exciting two-year development program intended to grow and develop our future leaders. You’ll gain practical skills and training from both on-the-job learning experiences and formal development sessions. To ensure a breadth of experience, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the success of a range of our sites and offices through the rotation program.

The program is based on rotations to give you the best understanding of our business possible. These rotations are residentially based in the Gunnedah and Narrabri region in NSW, except for some functional rotations which are based in our Sydney and Newcastle offices. Our key operational sites include:

  • Maules Creek Open Cut
  • Narrabri Underground
  • Tarrawonga Open Cut
  • Werris Creek Open Cut
  • Rehabilitation sites 

What we offer

Relocation & accommodation 

We assist by providing 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.

Other Benefits

  • Company ownership through the annual $1,000 Whitehaven Employee Share Gift program 
  • Short term incentive scheme
  • Employee referral scheme offering $3000 for successful referrals
  • Industry leading parental leave policy offering 26 weeks of paid leave plus super for primary caregivers
  • Salary sacrifice opportunities, including novated leases & remote area housing benefits
  • Women’s leadership development and mentoring programs for senior and emerging talent

About You

We are looking for graduates who are adaptable, keen to learn, resilient and want to build a rewarding career in mining.  You must be prepared to relocate to the local area and share a passion for our values of safety, teamwork, respect integrity and excellence.

We are seeking applications from recent or soon to be graduates that have completed their course in the last 2 years (2020-2022). For this role as a Mechanical Engineering graduate, you will need a tertiary qualification that will likely be in one of the following disciplines:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering

To learn more about the program, head to the Graduates & Students section of our website.

Next Steps

Once we receive your application, you will be invited to complete cognitive and psychometric assessments. We will then be shortlisting candidates with a view to invite candidates to our Assessment Centres which will be held in late August & September 2022.

Applications close on the 12th of August 2022!

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. 

Whitehaven Coal is committed to increasing the representation of women and Aboriginal people in the workplace. We are striving for an inclusive workplace that brings people from diverse backgrounds and welcomes applicants of diversity of gender, culture and experience.

To be considered for this position you must have the right to work in Australia.

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  • Job type:Graduate Jobs
  • Disciplines:

    Engineering Mechanical, Engineering Mechatronics, Mining Oil

  • Work rights:

    Australian Student Visa, Australian Bridging

  • Locations:

    Regional New South



  • Program Duration

    2 Years

  • Closing Date:9th Aug 2022, 11:28 pm


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