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BHP Billiton Iron Ore Vacation Program - Human Resources

BHP Billiton is the world's largest diversified resources company and is an industry leader in the supply of iron ore to the global steel industry from our Western Australian Iron Ore operations. With seven mines, two ports and processing facilities and an award winning 1000+km rail system, BHP Billiton Iron Ore is more than equipped to meet the demands of the global iron ore market. We are expanding our Iron Ore business as we develop new ways to deliver superior products to our customers. Join our exciting business and give your career the challenge it deserves.

The BHP Billiton Iron Ore Vacation Student Program provides current tertiary students with the opportunity to work alongside seasoned professionals and live residentially at either Newman or Port Hedland, over the three month summer vacation period. The Vacation Student program is designed to deliver BHP Billiton with a future talent pipeline of graduates who will one day be leaders across our global operations. Each year over 70% of Iron Ore vacation students are offered permanent graduate positions across BHP Billiton.

We invite highly motivated and enthusiastic undergraduate students to participate in our Vacation Student program for 2010/2011. We encourage applications from students in the following disciplines: 

  • Mining Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Communications Engineering
  • Process Engineering / Production Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Surveying
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Environmental Science
  • Community Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Finance

Vacation students will be exposed to our operations across a number of locations including Perth (Residential), Port Hedland (Residential), Newman (Residential) and our contract mining operations in the Pilbara (FIFO from Perth). These exciting opportunities will be available to students across Australia. Roles that are Perth based and those that are FIFO to our contract mines will be available only to those students who reside in Perth.

Safety is our number one driver within our business and your proactive 'safety first' attitude will be highly regarded. You are a self starter and will treat this as a once in lifetime opportunity to learn and work with some of the most talented people within the rapidly growing mining industry. You will be working on some of our most important projects currently being undertaken within our Western Australia Iron Ore Operations.

We are looking for students:

  • Currently studying a Bachelor degree, honours, masters or PhD;
  • Interested in the opportunity of working residential in Perth, Port Hedland or Newman to gain experience and familiarity with BHP Billiton Iron Ore;
  • Interested in working FIFO from Perth to our contract mine sites;
  • To be available to participate in interviews in September 2011.

All meals and accommodation will be provided to FIFO and residential student whilst employed in the vacation program. As we are a 24 /7 operation, some rosters will also require students to work over the Christmas / New Year period.

This opportunity presents a fantastic experience to develop meaningful, future networks within the mining industry. Vacation placements may provide you with an excellent stepping stone to a graduate placement in the future with BHP Billiton.

Submit your application before 17th August 2011. All applications must be received electronically via

We reserve the right to commence recruitment proceedings prior to the stated closing date.

BHP Billiton Iron Ore is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

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