• Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Portland


Just as aluminium is the element of possibility, so too, are our current and future employees. When you join Alcoa, you have the opportunity to help define what it means to be a sustainable aluminium company. Our 135-year legacy gives you the systems and tools to thrive. We invented the industry and today we are redefining what it means to be a sustainable aluminium company from mines to metal. We are open, honest, accountable and do what we say we’ll do. We relentlessly pursue outstanding and sustainable results and creatively transform ideas into value. We treat all people with dignity and provide a diverse, inclusive work culture. We work safely, promote wellness, and protect the environment. Come grow your career, collaborate on a global scale and deliver materials essential to the world. Learn more about the endless career possibilities for you at Alcoa!

About the job

We are seeking enthusiastic, driven, motivated and team-orientated individuals to join us on our journey in permanent and fixed term Operator roles at our Portland Aluminium Smelter. Perhaps you don’t have industry experience? No problem! Just bring a can-do, positive attitude; because for us, the right attitude is everything!

Our operators enjoy:
A great work/life balance on a 12hr shift roster with generous remuneration
Returning home every day, enabling you to enjoy those special family occasions
Working in a physical and rewarding environment, while building skills and knowledge to assist with career growth
Flexibility – the ability to work with different members of your crew, working across different departments and growth opportunities to progress your career.
Being a part of a supportive, inclusive and encouraging team environment
Training opportunities to operate a number of different types of machinery; licences will be provided.

If these opportunities appeal to you but the job is unfamiliar, here are a few of the day-to-day duties and expectations of a Smelter Operator:

Each shift starts with a toolbox meeting with your Supervisor and team-mates where you discuss safety, priorities for the day and tasks to ensure production occurs in a safe and efficient manner.
Monitoring processes to ensure there are no safety hazards and the equipment is running efficiently
Perform routines involving computerised, electronic and remote-controlled equipment, manual handling, machinery operation and working in hot environments.
Working with engineers, trades, maintenance crews and contractor groups to help problem solve and implement ideas to help bring safety improvements and efficiencies to the business.
Participate in various work-place programs around health and safety, wellness, inclusion and volunteering.

Throughout all these tasks you will be supported and mentored on the job by experienced fellow operators as you learn the ropes. There is room to grow and take on extra responsibility as your knowledge and skills develop.

About you

To play a part in our ongoing success we are seeking someone with:

The ability to learn new skills and follow safe work instructions
To be fit and able to work in a practical / hands-on work environment
A dedicated approach to work
High Risk work licence – Forklift & Crane preferred but not essential.
Flexibility is required, as the role is a 12-hour rotating shift roster.
Basic computer literacy
A current driver’s licence
Problem solving ability
Well-developed problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills
A high level of self-sufficiency and initiative to work both independently and as part of a team, and
Commitment to the environment, health and safety in the workplace; with strong values toward working safely and care towards oneself and others.

Why Alcoa?

Our values – act with integrity, operate with excellence, care for people, lead with courage – are at the foundation of everything we do.

At Alcoa we strive to create an inclusive workplace where employees can bring their whole selves to work regardless of their background. We know it starts and finishes with you, which is why our value ‘care for people’ is so important to us. It ensures not only your physical safety but also provides an inclusive and welcoming workplace for people from all walks of life, encouraging diversity of thought from each and every person.

We embrace change, new ideas and promote a culture of respect and equal opportunity. Our employment programs, underpinned by diversity and equality, continue to be recognised and rewarded. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, women and LGBTIQ+ job seekers.

As an Alcoa employee, you will embark on growth opportunities and can truly make a difference being part of an organisation that respects and considers flexibility whilst empowering you with stimulating and challenging work.

Flexible work arrangements may be considered, please let us know when you apply if this is something you are seeking.

Our Locations

Alcoa’s Australian operations represent one of the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting systems and add value to Australia’s local, state and national economies at every stage. Our Australian operations support approximately 4,370 direct jobs including multiple entry talent pathways/programs, predominantly in regional Western Australia.

Supported by our head office in Booragoon and the Bindjareb Regional office in Pinjarra, our operations include: our world-class Technology Development Centre of Excellence (COE), two bauxite mines in Western Australia (Huntly and Willowdale); three alumina refineries in Western Australia (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup); one aluminium smelter in Victoria (Portland); two dedicated port facilities in Western Australia (Kwinana and Bunbury); and two Alcoa Farmlands sites in Western Australia (Pinjarra and Wagerup).

Applications close
Sunday 3rd July, 2022

Please include a cover letter and your current resume with your application, by the close date.


All appointments are made subject to the successful applicant complying with the Victorian Government Immunisation directive for the mining industry which mandates 1st COVID vaccination by 15 October 2021 and fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021 for all Alcoa employees.

Please note that if you are progressed to an interview for this role you will be asked to provide proof of COVID vaccination or confirmed vaccination appointment.

Alcoa employee’s proof of vaccination is managed internally through our medical centres.

Please note that no agency applications will be accepted at this time.

Additional information

You will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for an interview, this process can take up to four weeks from the closing date.

This position is available only to permanent Australian residents or applicants who hold the relevant Visa with authority to work in Australia. Please ensure this information is clearly stated on your application.

To apply for this job please visit au.engineerjobs.com.

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