Aurizon jobs

 
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
this is nothing new. they do this every couple of years if they cant fill the positions from within Australia.
wn514
Why Wn514? Are they crap depots? Not enough money being offered to attract qualified drivers? Towns aren't good places to live? Or is there just a plain driver shortage in WA?

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  themetptc Junior Train Controller

Location: Ballarat
this is nothing new. they do this every couple of years if they cant fill the positions from within Australia.
wn514
And yet if they advertised or employed trainee drivers they would have hundreds of applicants (if not more).  But we can't do that, trainee is such a dirty word in Australian industry these days, very sad.
Sim
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
Why Wn514? Are they crap depots? Not enough money being offered to attract qualified drivers? Towns aren't good places to live? Or is there just a plain driver shortage in WA?
Spiritman

nothing wrong with the depots the money or the towns. so that just leaves your last option.
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
nothing wrong with the depots the money or the towns. so that just leaves your last option.
wn514

If you've lived there all your life and are used to the place then yeah, nothing wrong at all. But it's a big culture shock to anyone who comes from outside and many people can't put up with that for too long.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
If you've lived there all your life and are used to the place then yeah, nothing wrong at all. But it's a big culture shock to anyone who comes from outside and many people can't put up with that for too long.
Typhon

by "outside" do you mean interstate or overseas. for someone coming from interstate it would not be much of a culture shock and the fellas that have here from overseas have adapted to the "culture shock" very well and quite a few of them have become Australian citizens.
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
I mean interstate and overseas. I'm mainly talking about Kalgoorlie and places similarly remotely located. It's a huge culture shock if you've come from somewhere, say, Sydney, which no amount of money will compensate for. There's a reason why these depots are only looking at local hires. What I'm saying is they're not crap depots, and not necessarily crap towns, but for someone who doesnt come from there it can be very hard.
  Speedbird Train Controller

What class locos are Aurizon using in W.A.?
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
I mean interstate and overseas. I'm mainly talking about Kalgoorlie and places similarly remotely located. It's a huge culture shock if you've come from somewhere, say, Sydney, which no amount of money will compensate for. There's a reason why these depots are only looking at local hires. What I'm saying is they're not crap depots, and not necessarily crap towns, but for someone who doesnt come from there it can be very hard.
Typhon

typhon mate I fully understand where you are coming from. I joined the railways with westrail at Forrestfield and after a couple of months transferred out to the country with the intention of doing my country service and going back to the city. after I got out to the country I found that I loved the country lifestyle and nearly 29 years later I am still out here and have done service in several country depots. I think it is a case of if you don't give it a go you will never know.
wal.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
What class locos are Aurizon using in W.A.?
Speedbird

speedbird, your question would probably have been better asked in the W.A. section rather than the employment section. but I will give it a go. on the standard gauge we have L,LZ,LQ,Q,AC,ACA,ACB,ACC and DC's. I don't work on the narrow gauge but I think there are P,S,DBZ,ACN,AD,DD,DAZ and AB's. I am not sure if ther are any D classes still getting around. others may know more.
wal.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
I mean interstate and overseas. I'm mainly talking about Kalgoorlie and places similarly remotely located. It's a huge culture shock if you've come from somewhere, say, Sydney, which no amount of money will compensate for. There's a reason why these depots are only looking at local hires. What I'm saying is they're not crap depots, and not necessarily crap towns, but for someone who doesnt come from there it can be very hard.
Typhon

People who lived a city/suburban life would find it hard to live in a small country town mainly due to the lack of public services such as schools, shopping centres, public transport, health services etc. In a country town of say less than 1000 people, there would be only one primary school, one high school and one pre-school/childcare centre, no University or Tafe. There would be a handful of street shops such as post office, newsagent, bakery, convenience store, pub/hotel, cafe/restaurant, petrol station, car mechanic, probably no woolworths, coles, aldi, kmart, target, big w, myer or david jones, but maybe a local supermarket or specialty stores. Everyone would need a car to get around, there is only public transport of train and buses connecting other remote towns or to the capital city, no airport in a country town. There's probably one small hospital with a small handful of doctors and nurses, maybe one dentist. So the bare minimum essentials are still available, but the living environment is a bit different when you move from the big smoke into bush country.
  Stuart@Asciano Locomotive Fireman

Location: Melbourne
Hi Guys

I do not wish to be out of place particularly as I work for Aurizon's main competitor... but I was just reading the comments about them hiring from O/S and find it fascinating - why do you feel they would need to do this? Are the skills better from drivers in the UK or South Africa? Are they preparing for their workforce to all retire?

Here at PN we have not had to ever consider hiring from overseas and remain committed to engaging our local workforce as well as building our future drivers through engaging Trainee Drivers.

Just interested in hearing your thoughts...
  juniorboii Beginner

Skills better?? No. Company seeking short to medium term work force without fear of losing to a competitor ie rio bhp fmg yes. The companies will do this,and I can see why, so they can provide some stability for unpopular depots for 3 to 4 years without threat of qualified drivers or trainees jumping ship to companies that own private rail roads and don't require full drivers quals.
To bring someone in from os may prove a little expensive however,training and replacing a trainee can be costly as well especially when they leave mid term. So I can why aurizon does this,especially in WA.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
Skills better?? No. Company seeking short to medium term work force without fear of losing to a competitor ie rio bhp fmg yes. The companies will do this,and I can see why, so they can provide some stability for unpopular depots for 3 to 4 years without threat of qualified drivers or trainees jumping ship to companies that own private rail roads and don't require full drivers quals.
To bring someone in from os may prove a little expensive however,training and replacing a trainee can be costly as well especially when they leave mid term. So I can why aurizon does this,especially in WA.
juniorboii

totally agree with what you said junior. aurizon do hire drivers and trainees locally when they can. but when they need fully qualified drivers to fill current vacancies for which they have not had enough applications they look elsewhere. there is a lot of competition for drivers here in the west with aurizon, pn, qube and labor hire companies. then of course you have rio, fmg and bhpbilliton offering the big money up north.
hello stuart. pn may not have gone looking o/s for drivers but they have certainly employed drivers that have been bought over here on 457 visas by other companies. I also know that pn like aurizon here in Kalgoorlie have had an ongoing shortage of drivers here in Kalgoorlie over a number of years and have had to take on contract drivers from labor hire companies several times to fill gaps.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
totally agree with what you said junior. aurizon do hire drivers and trainees locally when they can. but when they need fully qualified drivers to fill current vacancies for which they have not had enough applications they look elsewhere. there is a lot of competition for drivers here in the west with aurizon, pn, qube and labor hire companies. then of course you have rio, fmg and bhpbilliton offering the big money up north.
hello stuart. pn may not have gone looking o/s for drivers but they have certainly employed drivers that have been bought over here on 457 visas by other companies. I also know that pn like aurizon here in Kalgoorlie have had an ongoing shortage of drivers here in Kalgoorlie over a number of years and have had to take on contract drivers from labor hire companies several times to fill gaps.
wn514
Aurizon seem to want to get in early before the new FY starts with "Expressions of Interest for both Trainees and Qualified" http://www.seek.com.au/job/24722201?savedSearchID=8045792&tracking=JMC-0000784j&etcid=3067&etrid=5c2a0168-e286-e211-a4be-9c8e992ccf48
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
aurizon jobs australia wide. go to http://careers.pageuppeople.com/493/cw/en/#/listing/ . this includes drivers in western australia.
cheers,
wal.
wn514

go to this site and you will see they are calling for trainees, qualified drivers, casual and fulltime positions and operations maintainers.
wal.
  Spiritman Train Controller

Location: Camden, NSW
go to this site and you will see they are calling for trainees, qualified drivers, casual and fulltime positions and operations maintainers.
wal.
wn514
WN514 plenty of opportunities for WA and QLD, is this because people have moved on, retired or growth (new contracts)?
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
WN514 plenty of opportunities for WA and QLD, is this because people have moved on, retired or growth (new contracts)?
Spiritman

a bit of everything spiritman. I know they have recently signed new coal contracts in nsw and qld and iron ore is pretty busy for them over here in the west.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
Got my thanks but no thanks email for the Aurizon WA trainee loco driver positions. Not surprised as the recruiter said they received a lot of applications. I've still yet to hear back from the Rollingtstock Maintainer position in Forrestfield which I applied a month ago. This is better than not trying because people who don't try will never know where they get.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
Got my thanks but no thanks email for the Aurizon WA trainee loco driver positions. Not surprised as the recruiter said they received a lot of applications. I've still yet to hear back from the Rollingtstock Maintainer position in Forrestfield which I applied a month ago. This is better than not trying because people who don't try will never know where they get.
ChrisSun

sorry to hear that you got knocked back chris. but don't give up, your turn will come.
  BHPDash8 Station Master

Got my thanks but no thanks email for the Aurizon WA trainee loco driver positions. Not surprised as the recruiter said they received a lot of applications. I've still yet to hear back from the Rollingtstock Maintainer position in Forrestfield which I applied a month ago. This is better than not trying because people who don't try will never know where they get.
ChrisSun
Rollingtstock Maintainer position in Forrestfield? Is that the one working on the Ballast Drainage Team? I've applied for that as well and still haven't heard anything back either!
  A4Skyhawk Station Staff

Location: Gladstone
Who wants my Aurizon job ???...........not very happy with what is happening at present with general moral at my depot at an all time low ........a very good chance I won't be working for them in 2 years time.
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
Who wants my Aurizon job ???...........not very happy with what is happening at present with general moral at my depot at an all time low ........a very good chance I won't be working for them in 2 years time.
A4Skyhawk

well if you are not happy, then why wait leave now and let somebody else have a chance.
  A4Skyhawk Station Staff

Location: Gladstone
well if you are not happy, then why wait leave now and let somebody else have a chance.
wn514

That is not a very nice thing to say................ I don't think that at the current time they (Aurizon) would fill my position......they seem intent to do "More with Less" and that is one of the reasons so many people are not happy...........Yes I will leave sometime possibly in the next couple of years.......just get a bit more money behind me first....then you can apply Laughing
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
That is not a very nice thing to say................ I don't think that at the current time they (Aurizon) would fill my position......they seem intent to do "More with Less" and that is one of the reasons so many people are not happy...........Yes I will leave sometime possibly in the next couple of years.......just get a bit more money behind me first....then you can apply Laughing
A4Skyhawk

don't need to apply.
  ChrisSun Station Master

Location: Melbourne, VIC
Disappointment again from my QLD application for expression of interest for Trainee Loco Driver positions. I've heard Aurizon has been making train drivers redundant, but why would they if they are looking for trainees and experienced loco drivers.

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