List of Mining Jobs
iMINCO has created a list of mining jobs to help people understand what types of mining jobs they can apply for.
Mining jobs are still available for those people who are determined to seek out a rewarding career in the mining industry.
Entry Level Mining Jobs
The mining industry is a magnet for people looking to step into a new career that offers a massive range of job roles. Entry level mining jobs are appealing for most people who don’t have any mining experience, because the barriers to entry are quite low.
It used to be the case, back when mining investment and construction was booming in Australia, that mining companies would literally give entry level mining jobs to anyone who bothered to show up.
Times have changed in the mining industry. Jobs that are classed as entry-level are still available as mining in Australia shifts from the investment stage into the productivity stage. As productivity in the mining sector increases, so does the strain on existing workers who perhaps started as an entry level worker and now find themselves working in more specialised roles.
It’s not uncommon in the mining industry for entry level workers to move into other jobs such as haul truck operators and health and safety personnel. Such is the nature of the mining industry, as it morphs and re-invents itself to adjust to an ever-changing market – hence the creation of this list of mining jobs.
The list below is quite comprehensive and includes more than just entry level mining jobs. Auxiliary mining jobs such as labourers, cleaners and assistants are the backbone of many mining operations.
These types of jobs, although classed as ‘entry level’ can be high paying and also open the way for career development within the mining industry.
Entry Level Mining Jobs
- Camp Cleaner
- Trade Assistant
- Utility Worker
- Sample Preparer
- Trainee Production Worker
- Driller Assistant/Off-sider
- Remote Bus Driver
- Workshop Labourer
Mining Administration Jobs
Accurate record keeping is essential for mining companies. Highly trained and competent people who show attention to detail will always find jobs in the mines.
- Trainee Site Clerk
- Site Clerk
- Personal Admin
- Personal Assistant
- IT Network Administrator
- Computer Operator
- Remote Mining Vehicle Operator
- Help Desk Support Operator
- Human Resource Manager
Catering / Cleaning / Domestic Mining Jobs: entry level mining jobs
Mining in remote locations across Australia has created a new breed of worker in the industry. The FIFO (fly-in-fly-out) workforce has given rise to a whole new level of worker who’s main role is to support these workers. Making sure a mobile workforce is looked after in terms of accommodation, food and recreation is high on the list for mining companies. Entry level mining jobs in this category are a good starting point for people looking to embark on a challenging and unique working experience.
- Kitchen hand
- FIFO Cook
- Head Chef
- Relief Chefs
- FIFO Chefs
- Kitchen Cleaner
Here is some recommended reading to help you understand the mining industry.
Knowledge will give you the edge when you start to apply for jobs in the mining and resource sector.
- Information for New Starters who want to work in the mining industry
- Mining articles to help you build your knowledge of the resource sector
- Sign up to our FREE Project News newsletter
- How a mining induction safety course can make you more employable
- Can your resume get you an interview?
- Mining companies – and how to contact them
- 75% of mining accidents involve a small vehicle – do a 4WD training course
- The BIG list of Australian mining contractors
Drill and Blast Mining Jobs
These mining jobs are more specialised and require extensive technical training and experience.
- Shot Firer
- Drill Shot
- Firer Off-sider
- Blast Explosives Expert
Dump Truck Mining Jobs
Dump truck operators are still in demand as mining operations will always involve the process of removing overburden and loading and hauling minerals back and forth across a mine site. Anyone can train as a dump truck operator. These mining jobs do require the person to complete a dump truck course and be certified competent to drive large machinery of this type. There are very little barriers to entry and most people can attain this qualification within 2 to 5 days.
- Haul Truck Operator
- Dump Truck Operator
Electrical Jobs In Mining
Mining jobs for electricians require highly trained and trade certified people to carry out the various tasks. An electrical background as well as a mixed and varied background in electrical installation and troubleshooting are essential. Other qualifications benefiting an electrical job in the mines would be Work Safely at Heights and Confined Spaces, as there will be many occasions where this type of work would be required.
- Apprentice Electrical Fitter
- Motor Re-winders
- FIFO Mining Electrician
- FIFO Electrical Engineer
- FIFO Electrical Technician
- Underground Electrician
Finance Mining Jobs
Accounts keeping and cost management are essential for a successful mining operation. Good bookkeeping skills and office management experience are always needed in the mining industry.
Geologist Jobs In Mining
A highly specialised field where only degree-qualified people can attain the higher education levels required of these types of roles. Some entry level mining jobs are available for geologist assistants as well as entry level lab assistants.
- Laboratory worker
- Geologist Assistant
Health and Safety Jobs In Mining
Mining is a dangerous and risky occupation. There are still many accidents on mine sites and mining companies are very aware of their obligations under law to create and operate a safe working environment. This being the case, health and safety advisors are always in demand. Changes to government legislation in the industry create new opportunities for people to move into these types of roles. Specific courses, such as the Cert IV in Work Health & Safety, equip people with the essential skills to carry out various roles in this category.
- Mine Safety Officer
- HSE (Health & Safety Executive)
- OHS Officer (Occupational Health & Safety)
- Health/Lifestyle Coordinator
- Active Life Coaches
Mine Machine Operators / All Rounder Jobs
Mining is, for the most part, automated with huge machines and a wide range of on-site equipment that extracts, loads, cleans, sifts and transports raw materials. This offers a wide scope of job types for machinery operators and workers to operate the stationery plant and equipment.
- All Rounder (Haul truck, water truck, excavator, roller, 4WD)
- Jumbo Operator
- Crane Operator
- Excavator Operator
- Front-End Loader Operator
- Plant operator
- Dozer Operator
Plant Maintenance & Vehicle Management
Maintenance and repairs to mining plant and machinery are a daily feature of running a mine site. Owing to the reliance on diesel powered machines, fitters of all disciplines are required to keep the mining operation moving smoothly.
- Light Vehicle Mechanic
- Diesel Fitter
- HD Diesel Mechanic
- Haul Truck Tyre Fitters/Mechanic
Mining Management Jobs
Managers are always needed. People who possess real-world experience in mining as well as impeccable people skills will never find a problem developing a mining career. There are opportunities for driven and focused people to work their way up the management ladder and realise a long-term career in the industry. Self-education and upskilling are the prime activities for career-minded people who wish to work in mining management.
- Mine Site Manager
- Mining Supervisor
- Deputy Mine Manager
- Senior Site Executive (SSE)
- Open Cut Examiner (OCE)
- Team Leader
Mechanical / Fitter / Welder / Boilermaker Mining Jobs List
Maintenance and repairs on a mine site are one of the fastest growing activities in the mining sector. More complex and larger types of machinery are being introduced into the sector each year. This creates a need for skilled and qualified tradespeople to troubleshoot, upgrade and fix or install any damaged or new machinery in order to maintain a steady production workflow.
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Service Person
Medic / Nurse / Emergency Response Jobs In Mining
This list of mining jobs centres around the medical sector. Medical specialists are always in demand in the mining industry, especially as mining can be centred in remote areas. An increasing need for qualified personnel to be on-site 24 hours a day is commonplace. These types of mining jobs require a high level of tertiary education as well as a history of work in the paramedical science industry.
- Emergency Response Officer
- ER&T Coordinator
Mining Engineer Jobs
Mine site and infrastructure development is a core activity right across the industry. With the push for greater productivity, more and more strain is placed on existing systems requiring expert diagnosis and recommendations from highly trained and degree-qualified people. Engineering covers a wide variety of disciplines and offers an opportunity to develop more skills through hands-on experience.
- Structural Engineer
- Ground Water Engineer
- Mining Engineer
Mine Planning and Production Jobs
Efficiency and safety are some of the priorities when planning a new mine, or developing an expansion to an existing mine. This list of mining jobs are specific to the industry and require high-level knowledge and project management and practical development skills learned through many years of real-world experience.
- Ventilation Analyst
- Planning Officer
- Production Manager
Trades and Services Mining Jobs
Over the last 18 months, the Australian mining industry has thrown a lot of investment into developing new mining and resource sector projects. This included not just coal and iron ore mining, but also focusing on Coal Seam Gas and LNG production.
Although the major construction phase in mining has waned, there are still billions of dollars of mining projects in the pipeline (excuse the pun), presenting an opportunity for skilled tradespeople to find long-term employment in the industry.
For those people who work in this sector, transitioning from construction into a maintenance type role is quite possible and these types of opportunities present long-term employment prospects.
- Concreter, Formworker
- Pipe Fitter/Poly Welder
Truck Driving / Freight Management Jobs In Mining
Logistics management, as well as efficient warehouse management skills are always in high demand. Entry level mining jobs are available in this sector. With continued development of robust and automated systems, knowledge of software and logistics management tools are increasingly on the agenda for mining companies. As with many mining jobs, these types of roles offer tremendous opportunities for further training and career advancement in the mining industry.
- Road Train
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