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MinRes drives safety success on road trains


Hauling over 300 tonnes ore over endless stretches of road is no easy task, but Mineral Resources (MinRes) is giving the next generation of road train drivers the skills to thrive.

MinRes’ multi combination (MC) driver training program recently hit a major milestone by welcoming its 100th candidate.

The MC driver program started in October 2023 to meet MinRes’ huge demand for heavy haulage truck drivers across Western Australia and northern Queensland.

The program provides practical and individual training to those set to drive the 330-tonne quad road trains to and from MinRes operations such as the Onslow Iron project in WA.

Daily safety checks, vehicle pre-start inspections, operating the side tipper trailers, and radio communications are all skills on the training docket before trainees get behind the wheel.

The program’s 100th candidate, Kelly Mottan, expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to develop these skills.

“I’ve previously worked in the mining and logistics industry and after driving dump trucks I knew the next thing I wanted to do is drive quad road trains,” Mottan said.

“I saw the job advertised and I knew it was a company I wanted to work for with their innovative approach and investment in resort-style accommodation.

“It’s great to see women out there breaking down the barriers. For anyone considering it, I would say go for it – you have everything in front of you.”

According to MinRes, the MC program holds a 93 per cent retention rate. Once complete, MC program graduates are placed at MinRes and client sites across the Pilbara and Goldfields regions of WA.

Graduates can also progress to a fully-fledged MC driver position within six months of commencing the program.

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