For those that are interested in pursuing a career in mining, I thought I would let you know a little about what I have learnt from my time in the industry.
Fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) isn’t for everyone. For a start, while most sites are starting to do up their camps due to increased competition for labour, there are still many out there that leave a lot to be desired, especially if you’re used to working in a city environment, be it in an office or outdoors. Some sites will have reticulation to gardens and permanent BBQs for functions. Others are lucky to have a line of rocks to show where to stop your vehicle when parking.
Most rosters available these days are either 3/1 (21days on, 7 at home), 2/1 (14/7), 9/5, 8/6 or multiples and derivatives of that, for example, 5/2, 4/3 is a split 9/5 roster, yet you’re home every weekend instead of every 2nd weekend.
FIFO impacts your life, have no doubt. Instead of being home every night, you’re home for a small chunk of time and then gone for a larger one. If you think that won’t change your social life, impacting on friendships and relationships, you’re an idiot!
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Technical basics you need to know:
1. What is Volt (symbol: V)? - The volt is the electromotive force, commonly called Voltage.
The higher the voltage number, the higher the Force/Torque will be.
2. What is Ampere-hour (symbol: Ah)? - The amount of energy charge in a battery that will allow one ampere of current to flow for one hour. 3.3Ah capacity Li-ion battery provides 25% more run time than 3.0Ah battery.
3. Battery Types:
NiCad: Nickel-cadmium battery low cost battery type was invented in 1899. Should i say anymore?
NiMH: Nickel-metal hydride battery. Development from NiCad. NiMH batteries have up to 30% more energy capacity than NiCad. However
Over the years been through a lots of junk coming out of my post box but this one is really is outstanding!
Here we go add SPAM/Junk in my mail box from Greenies
Those dudes say that Meat eating is a major cause of global warming. Can you believe this? They say that if you eat beans instead of beef, you’ll cut down on global warming. Hmm... : )
First thought: SUCKS! The computer-head-bastards stilling our job
Second: Let's do some thinking! Please consider that i do not know the real deal (never been working with remotely controlled excavator). So just a common sense based on known by me technologies.
: Machine still need an operator with excavation experience. Plus, someone will have to do a pre-start check. No job loss there.
: You would be able to scrape asbestos from the distance without any harm to yourself. Safety that is as well as more work can be covered!
: Load/unload the excavator on the truck without jumping in and out. Productivity that is!
: Confined spaces. My personal view is that this technology is a must in this case. Productivity and Safety there!
: Operating machine from the distance can be difficult due to limited vision. Productivity loss!
: You will have to rely on the network, which will provide connection between control panel and the machine. P.S. It is year 2010 and so far any wireless network is proved to be slow and unreliable. Live network cable next to an excavator have to be very well secured.
Yet again Lawrence Davis Training Group answer all my questions and offered a 2 day Skid Steer course considering my previous excavator training with them. Total cost as of 15.09.2010 was $1600AUD for the Excavator and Skid Steer loader training.
Please read my Excavator training review at http://www.oztools.com/where-to-study-excavator-sydney-25.html
Skid Steer training.
This time my trainers was Helena (theory) and Keith( practice ) So, 2 trainers and me.... Was hard really!
They are called skid steers because, literally they are steered by skidding the wheels. Just like a tank, a skid steer loader stops one set of wheels while allowing the opposite set to keep revolving when entering a turn. By operating this way skid steers have the ability to turn around inside their own length.