How do I get started in the mining industry?
Because of the good salaries on offer, many people want to work in the minerals industry. A large number of these people do not realise how skilled and specialised the work is. Companies constantly get inquiries from people looking for work.
All companies have websites – so it is best to apply on-line, whether it be for a particular job vacancy or an apprenticeship, traineeship or a graduate program.
Remember, there are many contracting companies that carry out much of the work on a mining operation. Depending on the nature of the job, you may need to apply to these contracting companies, rather than the company that runs a particular operation. Often companies will engage people without specific mining experience or qualifications at the base level and recruit and train for other positions from these worker ranks. Labour hire companies are often a good way to get into the mines.
Are there jobs for people with no experience?
Yes, but these jobs are very limited. You can be lucky and get a break if you live close to a mining operation and/or know someone working in the industry. It is far better to get some qualifications and experience first. Often companies will engage people without specific mining experience or qualifications at the base level and recruit and train for other positions from these worker ranks.
Many mining companies use contracting companies to employ skilled operators or tradespeople. A First Aid qualification is valuable as this is an extremely safety conscious industry.
It is important to note that mining operations around Australia have zero drug and alcohol tolerance.
What qualifications do I need if I am looking for a trade/operator position?
• People with relevant and recent experience are highly sought after;
• TAFE accredited Certificates - level III or higher in relevant areas;
• Heavy vehicle (HR) licence and previous experience operating heavy machinery;
• Generic Induction to Coal Mining;
• Coal Board Medical
• First Aid Certificate is an advantage
What employment opportunities are there for women?
Participation in mining for women is slowly increasing with females accounting for almost 10% of the mining workforce in Queensland. Women are often employed as dump truck drivers because they are seen to be kinder to the machinery.
Mining companies are continually looking for more ways to attract women to work in the industry and to help them balance the pressures of children and family. Women are highly valued members of any team across the entire industry. The principles of equal opportunity for all employees, regardless of race, sex or physical disability apply across the resources sector and companies promote a diverse working environment free from discrimination or harassment.
What shifts will I have to work?
There are a range of shifts worked in the mining industry. Common shifts include nine days on with five days off, two weeks on with one week off and four days on and four days off. Shifts are heavily dependant on the mine itself and the position in which a person is.