Mining Operator - Excavator

Country/Region:  AU
State:  WA
City:  Perth
Job ID:  4760

About Us


Fortescue is both a proud West Australian company and a global green solutions business. We are recognised for our culture, innovation and industry-leading development of infrastructure, mining assets and green energy initiatives.

Our Opportunity


Work Location: Eliwana - Fortescue’s Eliwana mine is located on the traditional lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama people.


Roster: 7D/7N/7R FIFO ex Perth, Busselton, Port Hedland, Broome, Karratha


We are currently seeking an experienced Excavator Operator with demonstrated leadership skills to join our team on a 2/1 roster. The ideal candidate will possess exceptional operating skills with the listed mobile equipment and demonstrate a passion for leadership and team development.

Key Responsibilities


  • Lead and coordinate a small team of operators to achieve daily operational targets.
  • Operate mobile equipment (listed below) at maximum efficiency while ensuring safety, environmental, and heritage standards are maintained.
  • Maintain assets to operational capacity.
  • Continuously improve process efficiency.
  • Demonstrate behaviour that aligns with Fortescue values.
  • Comply with Zero Harm principles on a daily basis.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Ability to skilfully operate some or all of the equipment listed: D10T/D11T Dozer, 854 Wheel Dozer, 16/24M Grader, 993/994 Wheel Loader, CAT6060 shovel, CAT 6040, Hitachi 3600, CAT 6030, or Hitachi 2500 excavator.
  • Proven experience in mobile equipment operation within the mining industry.
  • Ability to read and interpret mine plans.
  • Knowledge of Mine Safety & Inspection and OHS Act.
  • WA Class HR Driver's License.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively lead and coordinate a team.
  • Demonstrated strong desire and passion to be a leader in a dynamic and challenging mining environment.
  • Previous experience in a leading hand or supervisory role (desirable).

Our Commitment


Fortescue is deeply committed to providing a safe culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, and values diversity. We celebrate individual strengths and team members from all backgrounds are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. Our global workforce drives and promotes an inclusive culture, both within our organisation and throughout the communities we interact with across the world. Diverse backgrounds include First Nations Peoples, people with differing abilities, LGBTIQ+ community, gender, neurodiverse, cultural diversity, all age groups, and those with an intersectional or multiple diverse characteristics. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. 


Internal Candidates / Current Contractors please apply via Success Factors Careers Portal. For further information on how to apply please visit the Fortescue Hub. 


Fortescue reserves the right to close applications early should a suitable pool of candidates be identified. Fortescue will never contact you to ask for payment of any kind, whether directly or through a third party.