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Entry Level Mining Jobs

Start Off Right With Entry Level Mining Jobs 

Entry Level Mining JobsEntry level mining jobs are the best way for interested individuals to break into the industry.  There are a number of positions that can offer the opportunity to ease into the field and allow you to build up the body of experience you`ll need to progress further.  Rather than trying to dive in head first at a more advanced position, it is highly recommended that first time workers start at the bottom level and work their way up. 

Though these positions can be more basic and, in some cases, repetitive, they are nonetheless an important part of the overall function of any mining operation and are therefore important in their own right. You can find anything from drilling to working as an assistant in the field or to a trade assistant.  Almost every phase of a mining operation has these types of jobs and they are worth looking into. 

Surveying is the first step in any mining operation.  It is the surveyor`s job to check prospective mine sites and determine whether or not they are actually viable.  Every surveyor needs a surveyor`s assistant, and this is one of the more popular of entry level mining jobs.  A surveyor`s assistant can help to clear a potential mine site of debris prior to a survey being taken, can help with carrying out down hole surveys to determine if there are any deposits and can help to assemble and disassemble the surveyor`s equipment before and after every job. 

Field assistants do related work.  These employees actually work in the lab, but they also travel to prospective sites and take samples, then run them through computer programs to determine the soil content.  They may also help to restore a site to its previous condition after a mine’s operational life has come to an end, to help minimize the impact on the environment. 

Other entry level mining jobs include sample preparer.  These are employees that take samples of soil and prepare them for further examination.  This may entail crushing rock to get at mineral deposits or using computer equipment in the lab to determine the content of a sample or calculate how best to go about extracting it. 

If driving is more to your liking, you might want to consider operating a water truck.  Water is an essential resource at every mining site and it must often be brought to and from remote sites and is used to keep the dust down.  Driving a water truck can lead to operating other pieces of heavy equipment including dump trucks and excavators. 

As with any profession, it is always necessary to find your way from the bottom up.  This is particularly true of those with no prior mining experience.  For these individuals, entry level mining jobs are the perfect way to get your foot in the door.  All it takes is a little patience and persistence and before you know it, you`ll be working your way up to more challenging positions. 

If you`re trying to break into the mining industry, don`t get discouraged.  It may take some time, but your effort will be well worth it in the end.  It can be a long journey and it begins with securing an entry level position. Then you`ll have your foundation and you can build a satisfying career from there.iminco logo

Entry Level Mining 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 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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