Entry Level Mining Jobs

Entry Level Mining Jobs

iMINCO List of Mining JobsThere are many differentEntry Level Mining Jobs available for people looking to get into the mines. The types of entry level jobs are varied and cover a broad range of activities.

Mine sites are a hive of activity with many operating 24 hours a day, so there are plenty of opportunities to land yourself an entry level mining job in Australia.


The circumstances of employment differ in every state, with the requirements ranging from government certification, safety courses having been completed, mining induction training and of course recognised qualifications. The basics of ensuring you are mine-ready are:

  • Entry level mining jobs mean you have to be physically fit (this can be determined by a pre-employment medical if you are working in a coal mining environment and referred to as a Coal Board Medical).
  • The ability to pass a drug and alcohol test. These will be ongoing for the term of your employment. Mining companies are very strict on this type of compliance. You will be working with and around heavy machinery, large mechanical and electrical machines, in confined spaces and possibly at heights, and more often than not, if you’re not ‘clean’ you may run the risk of your employment being terminated.
  • In some states it is a requirement you pass a criminal history check; and
  • Standard 11 Mining Induction (compulsory in QLD) and/or mine site specific induction training.
Types of entry level mining jobs you can do on a mine site.
Mining jobs can be full time, part time, casual or contract.

  • Housekeeping
  • Accounts Assistant
  • Administration Assistant
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Customer Service Officer
  • Site Clerk
  • Lab Assistant
  • Geologist Assistant
  • Field Assistant
  • HR Assistant
  • Service Administrator
  • Storeperson
  • Cook
  • Catering Assistant (kitchen hand)
  • Handyperson
  • Cleaner
  • Receptionist
  • Bus Driver
  • Security Officer
  • Trades Assistant
  • Workshop Administrator
  • Light Machinery Operator
  • Labourer
Types of mining employment.
– FIFO (fly in fly out)
– BIBO (bus in bus out)
– BIBO (boat in boat out)
– DIDO (drive in drive out)
With many of the mine sites you’ll be working on situated in remote areas, there are specialist accommodation and housing for mine workers to house the ever increasing workforce.
Your sleeping quarters are called ‘dongas’ and can be single or shared cabins situated close to the mine site.Mine site facilities may include rooms that are equipped with a TV (with Foxtel), bar fridge, air conditioning, internet, en-suite shower and toilet.

There will be a dining hall, recreational areas and in some cases a swimming pool, gymnasium, barbecue area and sports area, as well as laundry facilities.

iMINCO Entry Level Mining Job Tips

  • really do your research into the mining industry.
  • get familiar with the mining activity in your state.
  • be confident you can commit to working away from home for extended periods and discuss this with your family first.
  • compile a list of Australian mining companies and mining contractors and regularly visit their website to see if there are any new projects starting.
  • ask your friends and neighbours if they know anyone who is working in the mines (word-of-mouth) is often a good way to get into the mines.
  • visit the mining jobs boards on a regular basis and sign up for job alerts.
  • know exactly what type of job you want to do and be prepared to commit to it.
  • See if you can get an mining apprenticeship.
  • get a good mining resume prepared.
  • do the right mining training courses to make you mine-ready and show mining employers you are prepared for mine work; and
  • subscribe to iMINCO Project News to get regular news and jobs in the mining industry delivered by email.
Call (07) 5520 2522 for more information on the availability and location on a range of mining training courses to help you get entry level mining jobs.
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  1. Reza June 14, 2012 Reply

    Hi…I have been looking to get into the mining industry as a dump truck driver. I know of a couple of companies including yours which provides training. I willing to get the training if it will land me the job, but my concern is which company to go with and if for example if i did the training though your company what would my chances of getting a job.
    can you help me and if get the training though you what is the benefit to for doing so?

    • jonm173 June 14, 2012

      Hi Reza
      Thanks for the question. Dump truck training courses for mine sites will give you the necessary skills that mining companies are looking for. Like anything in life, there are no guarantees, it all depends on a lot of factors. There are a lot of people who have enrolled in the Dump truck training course which is an excellent, 5 day intensive haul truck course that gives you a lot of hands-on training behind the wheel of a CAT 773 haul truck, on a real mine site – driving in all kinds of terrain, during the day and night.

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      R.E. Which dump truck course will give me the best chance of getting a mining job.

  2. Harley December 18, 2011 Reply

    Hi I’m an energetic young indigenous male looking for work in the mining sector, currently studying a Bachelor Of Health Science at the University of Western Australia. I have no previous quantification in the mining arena but am an observant learner and willing to interact with others to get the task done.

  3. Kian McQuillan December 11, 2011 Reply

    Hi there,

    I am looking for any job in the mines such as cleaner or utility worker. I have been looking for the right opportunity for some time now but to date have had no luck! Please let me know if you can help?


    Kian McQuillan

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