So just where are the jobs in mining, and which ones pay the most?
There is currently a skills shortage in the mining industry in Australia.
So read on to discover what you can do to fill this gap.
The shift to new technology also means certain skills are more in demand than others currently and in years to come. Already the more skilled your base, the higher your salary.
Recent ABS data showed where the money is in mining jobs.
The highest paid jobs in mining are usually the ones involving special skills. The mining industry still pays the highest wages in the country, with one in ten full time employees earning a weekly weekly wage of $2,364 or more.
According to the survey, the lowest weekly earnings were reported for people working in accommodation and food services, sales, and community and personal service workers. These areas of the industry averaged around $500 – $700 per week.
Full-time machinery operators and drivers were the most in demand and worked the longest hours, signifying how technology has changed traditional mining jobs from pick and shovel work to operating heavy machinery.
But that could be moving even further forward, to jobs involving technology akin to computer games – blast engineering (http://www.itnews.com.au/News/336174,australian-mines-find-explosive-power-in-it.aspx ).
With the shift to new software that makes prospecting easier, and advances in mineral transportation, many forecasters predict more off-site jobs involving new technology, so there may be a skills shortage in Computer Technology-savvy workers. Simply put, the mining jobs will be in Information Technology and computer engineering.
This is further supported by a recent poll of mining executives, which found 50 % of respondents felt substituting labour with technology would have a positive impact on their business in 2013.
The shift from blue collar to predominantly white collar workers in mining indicates the types of training you need to complete to work on a mine needs adjusting too.
The mining industry in Australia is indeed growing, but many opportunities are dependent on your having a good skills base or at least fulfilling some basic steps to better place yourself to get an interview with a mining company and ultimately, the job.
So what courses can you do to better equip yourself to move with the shifts to new technology and get yourself in with a highly-paid mining job?
Where To Find Australian Mining Industry Jobs
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStarâ„˘
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.