Technical Specialist - Shovel

Job no: 976445
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Lihir Operations - Lihir Island - PNG

Position Overview

Reporting to the Maintenance Supervisor, this role will be the Face Shovel & Excavator Technical Specialist and the successful applicant will be required to work hands on to train and develop the national workforce ensuring they can safely carry out maintenance repairs, diagnose faults and recover breakdowns.

Duties will include:

  • Ensure all repairs and maintenance activities are carried out to the highest standard and any defects found are dealt with immediately and appropriately so as not to cause premature failures or breakdowns.
  • Ensure equipment failures and breakdowns are properly diagnosed and a root cause analysis is completed to avoid the same breakdown from reoccurring.
  • Ensure all safety requirements required to complete a task are hereto and that all hazards’ have been identified and controlled prior to the commencement of any task.
  • Training & Developing the national workforce.
  • Oversee face shovel & Excavator shutdowns / PCR rebuilds.
  • Liaise with Planning and Supervisors to co-ordinate maintenance compliance to our weekly schedules.
  • Ensure housekeeping is maintained to a high standard (5S) and hand tools are looked after and maintained.

This role is a FIFO position working on a 15/13 roster.



The mine is located on Lihir Island in the New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea. Our site offers a range of facilities including a medical clinic, the international primary school for residential families and the Lihir Sports and Social Club with its varied sporting activities and popular bar and bistro.


Experience & Qualities:

Our successful candidate will be

  • Trades qualified with a minimum of 8 years’ experience working in similar mining operations.
  • Have a vast knowledge base and experience with Caterpillar 6050 face shovels, Caterpillar 6030 excavators and Hitachi excavators EX1200-6 and the EX2600-6.
  • Be proficient in trouble shooting and diagnosing in the field autonomously.
  • Knowledge of CAT ET and Cummins engines.
  • Be self-starting, motivated and show initiative. 
  • The ability to work alongside, mentor and train the PNG national workforce will be critical.
  • Have basic MS Office and computer skills.
  • Experience in SAP will be advantageous.


About Newcrest:

Newcrest is the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the world’s largest gold mining companies.

Our people work together across locations in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Indonesia and Côte d’Ivoire and in every location, our people live our values and share our vision of being the Miner of Choice™.

We’re committed to supporting a safe, diverse and inclusive culture where our talents and differences are valued. If you’re looking for a rewarding career that offers world-class opportunities, talk with us. It’s an exciting time to be a part of Newcrest.

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Applications close: West Pacific Standard Time

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