JimBobsCooters said:Most of the well paying construction jobs will require some form of technical qualification in Australia. There are a bunch of jobs that just require tickets but they don't pay as well generally and are more competitive to get into because getting a ticket normally just requires a semi-functional brain. Only really the engineering and geology stuff requires a university degree though.
If you're not making 100k with a trade in Australia then you should be looking for another employer, you can basically double/triple the city rate by working on mines but the boom has certainly died off on that front making it far more competitive to get into and hold your gig. I've met carpenters, sparkies and mechanics making over 300k a year on mine sites though it's certainly on the higher end of the scale.
There's been a bit of a crack down on foreign visas as well which makes it harder for non-Australian's but it's still not difficult to get by any means but you'll probably cop a price cut to get it over an Aussie (which is why you'll get hired over said Aussie and then he'll sook it).
Have you ever met any americans on a work holiday visa at the mines or in a trade?