Electricians in the Mines - iMINCO Mining Training Information

Electricians in the Mines

Electricians install and maintain electrical systems. In the minerals and energy industry they are responsible for establishing and ensuring ongoing supplies of power from generators to plant and accommodation units. They may perform the following tasks:

  • Repair and maintain all electrical equipment and process control;
  • Maintain lighting, switches and electrical equipment in safe working order;
  • Install wiring and circuits for extensions and additions to work sites;
  • Carry out electrical fitting, high voltage switching and electronics;
  • Maintain communications and telecommunications systems;
  • Ensure safe work practices near electrical outlets;
  • Read wiring diagrams to plan layout of wiring systems;
  • Install insulated cables and connect switches, outlets and other fittings;
  • Provide enough wiring systems for electrical plant;
  • Connect cables to circuit breakers, transformers, motors, heaters etc;
  • Test circuits;
  • Connect systems to power supplies;
  • Complete electrical calculations;
  • Test equipment using meters, and
  • Undertake high voltage switching

Skills needed:

  • the ability to work under pressure;
  • the ability to use time effectively to complete tasks;
  • excellent verbal communication skills;
  • the ability to work effectively with others;
  • reliable, responsible, able to maintain alertness, must be assertive, have physical fitness, and
  • knowledge of plant and safety awareness, commitment to company values.


Electrician ““ Maintenance: $75,000 ““ $130,000+ Auto Electrician, Mobile Plant ““ Surface: $80,000 ““ $135,000+ Auto Electrician, Mobile Plant ““ Underground: $80,000 ““ $140,000+ Leading Hand: $85,000 ““ $135,000+


Entry is generally through an AQF Certificate III or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification

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.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

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 MineStar™

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.

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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