Miners operate specialist equipment to excavate, load and transport ore, coal and rock in underground or open-cut mining operations.
Open-cut and underground miners may specialise as airleg miners, jumbo and longhole drill operators, continuous mining machine operators, longwall miner operators, development machine miners and mechanical bogger operators. Check the Plant †Operator profile for more specific information.
Miners may perform the following tasks:
- cut drives into the ore body using pneumatic equipment;
- load ore onto conveyors and transport to entrance of mine;
- load trucks to transport material;
- support the walls and roof in underground mines with rock bolts and erect wooden or steel props, pillars and arches where necessary;
- install vertical shafts and ventilation rises for air circulation in underground mines.
- Resourceful and an independent thinker;
- Enjoy problem-solving and has good spatial ability;
- Communicate well with others; and
- Is interested in working at mine sites, often in remote locations.
Bogger Operator: $80,000 “Ē $130,000?Jumbo Operator: $85,000 “Ē $180,000?Service Crew: $65,000 “Ē $130,000
Entry is generally through an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate II or higher qualification, a traineeship and/or at least 1 year`s relevant experience. Mining companies and contractors are the main employers of miners/operators in the mining industry.
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.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.