Large dump trucks are commonly used by mine companies to move materials from the mine to the storage area or waste dump and from the storage area to the processing plant. Dump Truck Drivers is responsible for operating the truck and transferring material safely and securely from one place to another. It is a very rewarding job and is not as much physically demanding as other jobs in and around mine sites. A big advantage as well is working inside a air con cab while working in the hot weather which is common where most mines are located.
In Australia, the mining dump trucks are very large. Commonly used dump trucks have capacity of about 350 tonnes and are up to 7 meters high. On contrast to their massive structure, the mine dump trucks are relatively pretty easy to drive. There are no age or gender restrictions for the position of a dump truck driver.
Many companies are even employing women dump truck drivers. It has been realized that women truck drivers tend to have good safety records and lesser repair costs. Thus, women are highly encouraged to apply for a position of a dump truck driver at Australian mines.
Dump truck drivers are expected to work for 12 hours shifts in both day as well as night shifts, as the need may be. Usually dump truck drivers get about a week off from work for every 3 weeks of work. Some companies employ dump truck drivers on a roster that include 9 days on work and 5 days of rest. The roster depends on the mining company running the individual mine.