Trainee Process Technicians - Yarwun

Job Description

Process Technician Traineeships – Yarwun Refinery

  • Great opportunity to gain skills for a new career and qualifications, no previous experience required, full training and support provided 
  • Balanced Work-Life Rhythm: Our lifestyle-friendly roster provides a harmonious balance between career and home life ensuring you spend more time with your loved ones and doing the things outside of work, that matter most to you. 
  • Join our friendly teams, who look after each other because your safety and wellbeing are always our priority 

Where we’re all welcome 

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us who we are. 

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds. 

We acknowledge that all people are different and believe that our differences are our strength. The diversity of skills, life experiences and perspectives within our team enhances our way of working and our ability to achieve success together.

About the role

We’re looking for people who reside in the Gladstone region to join us as Trainee Process Technicians, starting in October 2024. During this a 24-month contract you will work towards gaining a Certificate III in Process Operations, which will set you up for a successful career. 

Based in the beautiful coastal town of Gladstone, you will be working at our Yarwun Refinery on a lifestyle friendly roster working 12-hour shifts on a 5 on, 4 off roster (most roles involve nightshift, we can talk about what works for you).

In addition to paying competitively and providing great benefits packages, we want you to live the lifestyle that is right for you and your family. And because of our size and scale, there are many opportunities to learn, grow and do more than you ever thought possible.

Every hour of every shift, your safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. We do the work only if it is safe, and we invest to make sure every member of the team has the quality tools they need to do their job.

Supported by your Leaders, Crew and Training Team, you will learn to:

  • Assist in day to day operation of the refinery.
  • Conduct routine inspections and tasks in your areas to maintain equipment in operational condition.
  • Conduct operational activities including start-up, monitoring and shut down of equipment.
  • Participate actively in safety interactions and improvements

Upon successful completion of this 24-month Traineeship, a Certificate III Process Plant Operations will be awarded along with the opportunity to progress into a permanent Process Technician position.

What you’ll bring  

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Respect for others and an all-inclusive mindset
  • Ability to communicate with your team and leaders
  • A willingness to learn new things
  • Ability to undertake physical work in a hot industrial environment

If you are excited about the role and think you have what it takes but your skill set doesn't align 100% we still want to hear from you. 

We are committed to promoting diversity within Rio Tinto and as a special measure to we strongly encourage women to apply.

What we offer

  • Be recognised for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress. 
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family
  • Company provided insurance cover 
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical wellbeing support
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave, cultural leave)
  • To better suit different family needs, our paid parental leave approach gives all parents the option to take 18 weeks of paid leave after a new child arrives – at a time that suits them 
  • Exclusive employee discounts including hotel stays, banking, accommodation, cars, retail and more

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and materials company. We operate in 35 countries where we produce iron ore, copper, aluminium, critical minerals, and other materials needed for the global energy transition and for people, communities, and nations to thrive.

We have been mining for 150 years and operate with knowledge built up across generations and continents. Our purpose is finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs – striving for innovation and continuous improvement to produce materials with low emissions and to the right environmental, social and governance standards. But we can’t do it on our own, so we’re focused on creating partnerships to solve problems, create win-win and meet opportunities. 

Where you’ll be working

With production beginning in 2004 at our Yarwun alumina refinery, located approximately 10 kilometres north-west of Gladstone in Central Queensland, today the operation produces more than three million tonnes of alumina per year.

Around 700 people support the operation, with an additional 350 contractors on site each year as part of scheduled maintenance shutdown activities. Thanks to its ‘Industry 4.0’ focus, Yarwun is also a leader in trialing new technologies to improve operations on site, including 3D printing, robotics and drones in confined spaces, and is home to Rio Tinto’s innovative Queensland Research and Development Centre (QRDC).

Along with Boyne Smelters Limited and Queensland Alumina Limited, our Yarwun Operation supports the local community in a wide range of initiatives through Here for Gladstone.