Over the years I’ve been hiring Diesel Mechanics across mining and civil construction industries, it pains me to see some of the very best get discarded by clients.
Often qualified mechanics whom received their training and qualification prior to the 90s, whilst working across heavy mobile equipment were handed a generic trade certificate. Such titles included:
- Motor Mechanic
- Diesel Mechanic
- Diesel Fitter
- Fitter and Turner
- Engine Specialist
- Mechanical Engineering
It is highly frustrating, for me, to pass on the bad news that unfortunately the client only accepts the wording ‘Mobile Plant’ or equivalent as the training qualifications have drastically changed over the years. I just cannot comprehend what every competent diesel mechanic is feeling when they are told sorry you are just not experienced enough, or you don’t have the right trade certificate to fulfil this position. I’m sorry the system has failed you!
To save continuous stress, increase job opportunities and potentially gain you the best pay packets; I recommend contacting Skills Certified www.skillscertified.com.au who award RPL for the Certificate III in Mobile Plant Technology - AUR31216.
This organisation allows you to continue with work whilst on the side complete a fast-tracked process consisting of providing documentation (resume, trade, licence, etc) accompanied with approximately 50 on-the-job photographs proving your skillset, and last of all work related references.
It will cost you $2,700 to attain the correct trade certificate however if at any stage the process is unsuccessful, you receive a complete refund.
This advice is given to hopefully allow the many highly skilled diesel mechanics out there who have been short changed when applying for owner miner positions, finally secure the role and entitlement they deserve.
I wish you all the success within your career.
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