Thiess invests in future leaders by providing graduates the opportunity to contribute to innovation, work on global projects and develop a viable skillset for the future.


Designed to attract the best and brightest, our Graduate programs are a challenging and rewarding way to kick-start your career in the mining industry. From day one, we’ll help you apply what you’ve learned at university in a real work environment. You’ll be supported to develop your skills and capabilities to drive innovation, deliver outcomes and achieve the career you aspire to.

What we look for

We’re looking for motivated students who can help us create safer, smarter and more sustainable ways to recover the resources our clients need to build a better future.

As a Thiess Graduate you will need to be:

  • Creative and flexible – you’re innovative, adapt to change and think creatively to find better solutions.
  • Team player – you’re willing to contribute your skills, can work collaboratively, are a strong communicator and are eager to learn from others.
  • Motivated to make a difference – you have the confidence to challenge ideas, maximise opportunities and contribute to a high-performing team.

Our graduates come from a range of backgrounds and disciplines including:

  • Engineering (Electrical, Mining, Mechanical, Civil, Mechatronics)
  • Geology
  • Surveying
  • Environment
  • Digital & Technology
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Health & Safety

Our programs

As a Thiess Graduate, you will experience structured, on the job training, guided learning plans and ongoing professional development. Our programs vary in length and frequency depending on the region and can include working in both office-based roles and remote locations supporting our operations.


Our Australia Graduate Program is designed to challenge and reward, helping you realise your full potential sooner.

Applications for our 2023 Graduate Program are currently closed. Please check back early next year for our next intake. 

Over the two-year program, you will undertake up to two twelve-month rotations with placements in various roles, projects and functions.  

How to apply and important dates 

Applicants can apply via the Current opportunities page on our website. 

Register now 

For more information on our Australia Graduate Program, please email


We offer a range of opportunities across our Indonesia operations. Join our program for your chance grow and go further. 

 Applications for our 2022 program have now closed. Please check back at the later this year for our next intake. 

Australia FAQs

How many graduates does Thiess employ each year? 
Our intake numbers vary, but it is usually around 18-30 positions. 

Will I be a permanent employee? 
Yes. Graduates are employed as permanent employees at Thiess, subject to a probationary period of six months.

What is the purpose of graduate rotations? 
The purpose of rotations is for graduates to gain exposure to other business areas, expand their skill set, be exposed to different career pathways and broaden their network within the company. 

How are rotations determined? 
Rotations are mapped, considering graduate preferences, business requirements and functional lead recommendations focusing on the learning and development requirements for each discipline area. 

Will I receive relocation assistance to support moving to my rotation placements? 
Yes, Thiess provides our graduates with relocation assistance should they need to relocate to commence employment on our graduate program. 

What accommodation options are available to graduates in the regional areas? 
If you are placed at a Thiess project in Queensland, camp or shared graduate accommodation is available.
If you are placed at a Thiess project in New South Wales, shared graduate accommodation is available in either Singleton or Muswellbrook.

What is a learning plan? 
Each graduate is issued with a learning plan that guides their learning and development and assists them in reaching their career goals.

What professional development does Thiess provide? 
In addition to on-the-job training and mentoring, our graduates participate in professional development days, covering a range of topics that focus on soft skill development. 

What happens on completion of the graduate program? 
Our program aims to transition our graduates into operational or functional positions once they have completed the program. The rotations are designed to give graduates the relevant exposure and experience to transition successfully. 

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