Cleaning Jobs in the Mines - iMINCO Mining Training Information

Cleaning Jobs in the Mines

There are a number of different cleaning jobs in Australian mines and the choice of career can be varied.

Here, you can learn about these positions and what the cleaning job in the mine are all about.

Janitor Cleaning Jobs In The Mines

The mine janitor is also called the “dryman”. He or she is responsible for keeping the mine clean. The work may include sweeping, mopping, cleaning up spills and keeping the bathrooms clean.

Janitors may also be responsible for keeping the on-site offices clean. Much depends on the type and size of the operation.

Like other cleaning jobs, this is an entry level position that requires minimal education and training, although hiring managers may prefer applicants with janitorial experience, even if the experience was gained outside of the mines.

Mechanic’s Helper

The mechanic`s helper cleans equipment and tools. He or she works alongside the mine mechanics assisting with repairs, changing oil and performing tests.

If you like to work around vehicles, this may be an entry-level position to consider. Some helpers are eventually able to earn mechanics` certifications and advance their careers.


In addition to being one of the cleaning jobs in the mines, the laborer position may also entail loading ore, moving equipment and assisting skilled workers. Vacancies in these positions typically fill quickly because experience is generally not required and training is done on the job.

Mining Camp Housekeeper

Remote camps provide living quarters for the miners, commonly known as ‘dongas’. As a part of the miner`s employment package, their living and sleeping quarters are cleaned regularly by the housekeepers employed by the mining services companies.

General cleaning experience may be helpful but is not usually required for these entry-level positions.  Housekeepers are sometimes expected to fly in and fly out with other mine employees.

Kitchen Cleaning Jobs In The Mines

Many remote mining sites also have kitchens and dining areas for the miners. Depending on how the operation works, there are sometimes positions for cleaners to work specifically in the kitchen or dining areas.

These positions are among the cleaning jobs in the mines located in remote areas. Other large operations may have kitchen or dining areas on site, but the general janitor may be responsible for keeping those areas clean.

Other Entry-Level Jobs

Cleaners are not the only entry-level jobs in the mining industry. There are many different kinds of helpers and assistants.

Training for these positions is available outside of the mines. The many training courses offered through iMINCO will not only equip you to work in the mines, but will also give you an idea of what it is like to work at a mine site. This could help you decide if cleaning jobs in the mines or other positions are right for you.

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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 world’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 Queensland’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.

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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.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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