Entry Level Mining Jobs – The Main Challenges

Entry Level Mining Jobs – The Main Challenges

The Main Challenges


Landing an entry level mining job can be a tough challenge. We  have summarised the main challenges below to help you know how to attack it. This information covers entry level mining jobs and their main challenges, the opportunities and the best solutions.

Getting into the mines for a couple of years, making your money and getting out seems to be the ideal of thousands of Australians, however realistically entry-level mining jobs are fiercely competitive.



There is such a broad range of training organisations so how do I know where to start?

Read the requirements of the job description then search for a reputable training company that specialises in mining. The training company you choose can prove to be a very worthwhile investment because of the additional information  you will learn from the mining experienced trainer. If you are going to do any training make sure you do your machinery training on a mine site. You need to be around large machinery and know how to follow mine suite rules. 


Every time I apply for a role it seems it has been filled.

After sending out hundreds of applications, it is not uncommon to have not received one reply. Many entry level mining jobs are not advertised externally and if they are, many have been filled already by current employees or recommendations. We have heard that it has taken some people 6 months to get a job. These people remained positive even when they felt hopeless. The jobs are there but it does take time. You need to remain positive and keep putting yourself out there. If getting a mining jobs was easy everyone would have one...


All the entry level mining jobs insist on experience.

Right now mining companies and contractors can take their pick of the more experienced and skilled workers. That is not to say they are not hiring new starters. The advantages of hiring new starters are that they are hired at a cheaper rate. The companies are currently trying to save costs. This saves the companies hundreds of thousands of dollars. The ads are written to discourage new starters from applying so they don't get an influx of applicants but if you have completed some mining related training then you have experience. It shows you have an understanding of the mining industry and y0u can apply for the role.


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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