There are many different Entry Level Mining Jobs available if you’re new to mining and you’re curious to learn how to get a start. The types of entry level jobs are varied and cover a broad range of activities, so there’s plenty of opportunity if you’re not afraid to get stuck in and maybe even start at the foot of the ladder.
Mine sites are a hive of activity and for the most part operate 24 hours a day, so there are plenty of ways to land yourself an entry level mining job in Australia.
What you need
The circumstances of employment differ in every State, with the requirements ranging from government certification, safety courses like the Queensland Standard 11 mining induction 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.
Mining jobs can be full time, part time, casual or contract.
- Accounts Assistant
- Administration Assistant
- Data Entry Operator
- Customer Service Officer
- Site Clerk
- Lab Assistant
- Geologist Assistant
- Field Assistant
- HR Assistant
- Service Administrator
- Catering Assistant (kitchen hand)
- Bus Driver
- Security Officer
- Trades Assistant
- Workshop Administrator
- Light Machinery Operator
– FIFO (fly in fly out)
– BIBO (bus in bus out)
– BIBO (boat in boat out)
– DIDO (drive in drive out)
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.