GWA locomotive drivers (2013)

 
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
have you guys thought about going about it a different way. maybe putting for jobs as terminal operators/operations maintainers/shunters and then using this as a foot in the door to jobs as trainees. I know for example that aurizon do it this way where I work. at least it would be a foot in the door.
wal.
wn514
Thanks for the tip Wn514 but I was already ahead of you on that thought, setting up Seek to send me email alerts for "Terminal/Freight Operator" a few months ago. A couple of days ago I adjusted it to send me alerts for "Rail Operator" as GWA had advertised them. In fact starting out in a yard as a shunter would be a rewarding step to becoming a driver, as you get to see a little bit more of the supply chain that gets freight moved from one place to another.

Cheers

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  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
have you guys thought about going about it a different way. maybe putting for jobs as terminal operators/operations maintainers/shunters and then using this as a foot in the door to jobs as trainees. I know for example that aurizon do it this way where I work. at least it would be a foot in the door.
wal.
wn514

Hi Wal,

I as a matter of fact have applied for the Operational Maintainer and Trainee Loco Driver positions for Aurizon in WA, as well as the Expression of Interest Trainee Loco Driver positions in QLD (Brisbane).

I just got my thanks but no thanks email for the Operational Maintainer position (Kwinana). I guess a lot of people were vying for that spot as that is in the suburban area of Perth whilst other places are isolated country towns such as Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Narngulu (Geraldton), Picton, Merriden and Collie.

For the QLD positions it in Acacia Ryde (Brisbane), Fisherman Islands (Brisbane), Townsville, Toowoomba, Emerald and Rockhampton.

I also have applied for the Rollingstock Maintainer positions at Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Narngulu and Forrestfield this year. So I am trying.

I have previously applied to GWA for Darwin, Port Augusta and Ceduna. If people can't get there hands on driving the suburban TransAdelaide/Adelaide metro trains, they will most likely apply for the Adelaide GWA positions, which is why they are hosting an information session at 3 different times during the day to accommodate the huge interest in these jobs.
  Clyde_AT26HC-2M Chief Train Controller

unless they don't get enough applications from locals, then surely they will take on people from elsewhere.
wn514

If you have read the ad, it stated in bold letters "local candidates only", and with trainee positions especially with GWA they do get an overwhelming amount of applicants. Many have a mechanical background from mines to even locomotive fitters.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
If you have read the ad, it stated in bold letters "local candidates only", and with trainee positions especially with GWA they do get an overwhelming amount of applicants. Many have a mechanical background from mines to even locomotive fitters.
Clyde_AT26HC-2M

no I have not seen the ad but most of those type of ads very generic in form. they are limiting the pool of applicants if they are limiting it to locals only.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
no I have not seen the ad but most of those type of ads very generic in form. they are limiting the pool of applicants if they are limiting it to locals only.
wn514

GWA didn't specify local applicants when they advertised Trainees for Port Augusta, Ceduna and Darwin.  Mostly likely because Adelaide is a large city and there are bound to be 1000s applying whereas it is hard to attract the right people to the small towns even though hundreds apply, most of them do not live within 45 minutes drive of the town's loco depot. Although when GWA are advertising for experienced/qualified loco drivers they are willing to provide relocation assistance for the right people.
  car_fanatica Station Staff

However they then put on people in Port Augusta from Pt Pirie which is further away then Whyalla ???
tryingtodrive

To be fair, that wasn't planned.
Those guys didn't get a choice on that matter.

The 3 of them were employed to be based at the Port Pirie depot as part of that component of GWA's overall expansion, but right when they put these guys on, BHP posted their financial report, and so sent "the mining boom" backwards for the time being.

That then meant GWA decided not to press ahead with those plans, and decided to just continue on with current & regular Port Augusta operations, therefore those guys were transferred to Port Augusta. The 3 of them I know, and they live in Port Pirie & commute the 50 minute drive for each shift.
  tryingtodrive Beginner

To be fair, that wasn't planned.
Those guys didn't get a choice on that matter.

The 3 of them were employed to be based at the Port Pirie depot as part of that component of GWA's overall expansion, but right when they put these guys on, BHP posted their financial report, and so sent "the mining boom" backwards for the time being.

That then meant GWA decided not to press ahead with those plans, and decided to just continue on with current & regular Port Augusta operations, therefore those guys were transferred to Port Augusta. The 3 of them I know, and they live in Port Pirie & commute the 50 minute drive for each shift.
car_fanatica

Hi Car Fanatica


That may be the case for the initial group that was for the southern iron contract but when I went to test last July there was a fair portion of the group were from Pirie and at least two of those went to interview and 1 did get a position.

That was well and truly after the ore train had been sorted out as running from Pt Augusta and was actually I believe already working that contract.

Have been told from a guy who went in the large group at the start of 2012 that they take some from Pirie so they can use them down there as shunt drivers if needed. Don't know if thats true or not but he should have a bit more inside knowledge

Time to go digging holes instead I think.
  tryingtodrive Beginner

Rather bemusing after all the questions about safety in the tests, and questions about safety during my interview to then see 2 crew getting out of a moving crew coach as it comes back into the depot in pt augusta.

I wouldn't think getting out of a moving rather large sct would be the safest thing to be doing?

What they test us all on obviously doesn't carry over once your in.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
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