|Careers in Stevedoring|
Stevedores use a range of heavy machinery to load and unload cargo, including forklifts, straddle carriers and gantry cranes. Netting, straps and ropes are used to securely lash cargo into place once it has been loaded to avoid damage while in transit. Radios may also be used to communicate with other workers.
In 2010/11 WA handled 53% of Australia’s trade tonnage with a combined throughput of 517 million tonnes and $124 billion in trade value terms. Port Hedland and Dampier Port Authorities were ranked as the two largest tonnage ports in Australia by volume during that time. Trade volumes have increased by 131% from 224 million tonnes in 2000/01 to 517 million tonnes in 2010/11.
The list below contains some of the possible positions that can be held in the Stevedoring industry. Following the links will provide more information on the positions, the associated qualifications and job vacancies in WA.
* Please note that this list is a guide and titles and qualifications may vary.
|Job Title||Qualification||Job Vacancies|
|Stevedore (Waterside Worker)||Certificate II in Stevedoring||Stevedore|
|Gantry Crane Operator||Certificate III in Stevedoring||Gantry Crane Operator|
|Crane Driver/Operator||Certificate III or IV in Mobile Crane Operations and Certificate III in Stevedoring||Crane Driver/Operator|
|Straddle Driver||Certificate III or IV in Mobile Crane Operations||Straddle Driver|
|Equipment Controller||Certificate IV in Stevedoring Operations||Equipment Controller|
|Straddle Carrier Operator||Certificate IV in Stevedoring Operations||Straddle Carrier Operator|
|Yard Planner||Certificate IV in Stevedoring Operations||Yard Planner|
|Container Terminal Manager||Certificate IV in Logistics or Diploma||Container Terminal Manager|
|Operations Superintendent||Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Deployment Logistics/Degree||Operations Superintendent|
Stevedores do not require formal qualification to work, but are governed by regulations regarding safety, security and operation tickets, which require some training. Although there are formal qualifications available for Stevedores up to Certificate IV, the uptake has been minimal, with training predominantly occurring through an eastern states provider and not appearing on WA statistics.