Mechanical Maintenance Technicians - Yarwun Refinery

Job Description

Mechanical Maintenance Technician

  • A permanent role where your safety, career development and success are our priority
  • Various rosters to suit your lifestyle and goals with a huge range of additional benefits
  • Permanent, residential role in the friendly, coastal town of Gladstone

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

About the role

We are looking for Mechanical Maintenance Technicians to join our Maintenance Teams at our Yarwun Refinery. We offer a great working environment and opportunities to learn and grow your career whether you are experienced in this industry or another and we have rosters to suit your lifestyle preferences and personal goals. 

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.

At Yarwun, we are passionate about safety, we look out for each other and work together to find better ways to do things. You’ll be supported by leaders who care about your development and will help you achieve your career goals.

Your experience, career goals and roster preference will determine the team you join and the equipment you work on, and you will report to the Team Leader for your team and your role may involve;

  • Maintaining mechanical assets across the refinery, focused on unplanned breakdown or plant limiting work, troubleshooting and problem-solving equipment failures and improving reliability
  • Identifying defects and providing feedback on asset performance and health
  • Confined space and working at heights activities
  • Working autonomously, being reliable and positively contributing to the maintenance team, understanding the requirement to maintain assets in a safe and reliable condition
  • Identifying and implementing improvement initiatives which will involve working with many different disciplines within the organisation
  • Identifying defects and providing feedback on asset performance and health
  • Promoting and identifying HSE opportunities to improve equipment, processes, and behaviours
  • Being flexible and adaptable to changing business needs

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • A mechanical fitting trade qualification
  • Current and valid C Class driver’s licence
  • Experience in troubleshooting and problem solving mechanical system failures, with the ability to make sound judgments to ensure plant integrity is always maintained
  • A commitment to continuous improvement by identifying process and cost saving initiatives

Some of the equipment at our refinery you may work on –

  • Pumps, mechanical seals, valves, flange management, bearing change outs and alignments
  • Conveyors, caustic pumps and gear boxes, ball mills
  • High pressure steam plant and gas turbine equipment – feedwater pumps, coal mill, high pressure control valves and piping systems.

 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 permanent position working directly for Rio Tinto
  • 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
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Company provided insurance cover
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)

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

Located in Central Queensland, approximately 10km north-west of Gladstone, Yarwun alumina refinery commenced operations in 2004. Processing bauxite from our mines in Weipa and Gove, Yarwun produces more than three million tonnes of smelter grade alumina annually.

As one of the largest industries in the Gladstone region, Yarwun employs over 700 people and has a large contractor workforce.

With a focus on safely improving our process every day, the team at Yarwun challenge themselves to use existing and emerging technology to support our 24 hour operation.

Yarwun is a proud member of the Gladstone community, and along with Boyne Smelters Limited and Queensland Alumina Limited, support community investments that improve the liveability of the Gladstone region through the Here for Gladstone community fund.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of diverse genders and identities, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds. 

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 different.