Mining in Australia is set to boom again!
Get that mining job – even though you have no experience?
Do you want to work in the mines?
Do you think because you have no experience, you don’t stand a chance?
There’s good news on the mining jobs front. The outlook has changed, it seems we are through the worst of the mining down-cycle; yet while there are no indications of the BOOM times of 3-4 years back – it’s still a good time to get into the mines.
The best advice is to make sure you have the skills, experience, qualifications and most of all, the mindset to take on a mining job.
Find out if you’re really ready for a well-paid job in the mines!
We are now seeing a resurgence of coal prices, which have ignited the interest of new investment in once downtrodden mining areas of Australia. Rio Tinto, BHP, Fortescue Metals and Indian giant Adani are set to invest billions in developing new mines and expanding existing ones.
Local communities are once again firing up to take advantage of the new demand in the hope of returning to the prosperous times which was not too long ago.
So, just as it was in 2012-2013, maybe you don’t have any experience in the mining industry and the same old story prevails – don’t be put off.
Are you willing to learn about the mining industry in Australia?
You should make this your first priority. The fact is that previous experience in the mines is not always required in order to get your foot in the door. It’s not going to be as easy as it was in 2011-2013, however, there are still opportunities.
The Australian mining industry offers many opportunities in all sorts of areas, from on-site work such as driving water trucks and operating heavy machinery to scientific work, office and administration duties.
Because the major mining companies in Australia are always looking to employ good people, there are still entry level mining jobs being advertised.
Some of the jobs you can do are;
- Trainee operator – working on a range of mobile plant and equipment
- Cleaning and house keeping in accommodation villages
- Kitchen hand in a busy 24 hour a day catering environment
- Cook or chef in charge of the entire mine site food and beverage production
- Field assistant – working out in the dirt with other technical staff
- Trades assistant – assisting in all manner of manual tasks (day and night)
- General labourer – providing support to trades people working on site
- DIDO bus driver – picking up and transporting workers to and from a mine site
- Trainee dump truck driver – learning the skills of a professional operator
- Water truck and roller operator – assisting workers build and maintain haul and mine site access roads
No matter what job you’re doing right now, you have the opportunity to get a foot in the door as mining projects pick up.
Get the right training to get the high-paying mining jobs
There are mining training courses you can do that will help you get an understanding of mining life, as well as give you valid qualifications to add to your resume.
Mining safety training – you absolutely need it!
There is a strong focus on mine sites around developing a safety culture, so you really need to be aware of the Australian Work Health and Safety policies and procedures and how they affect your working life in the mines.
A mining induction safety course (Standard 11), gives you the necessary safety awareness skills mining companies and contractors are looking for. If you haven’t completed one of these courses then to be honest, your chances of getting a start in the industry are not as high as they would be if you have done the course.
In Queensland for instance, you must complete a mining induction course called the Standard 11 before you can work on a mine or quarrying site. This is especially important for new-starters who have little experience because new employees represent the highest risk.
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Other things to consider.
- Make sure you can work in Australia . Many people want to come to Australia on a working visa and expect to get into a mining job.
- Get the right training before you apply for jobs. Completing safety training courses are a good indication to mining employers that you are aware of the safety issues in mining and you have invested in yourself and are serious about a career in the industry. Do a mining induction safety course
- Make sure your resume is up-to-date and relevant to the job you are applying for
- Go to the mining jobs boards like SEEK, INDEED, CareerONE, Adzuna, Jora, MyCareer etc
Start your search for ‘mining jobs’, or specify keywords related to your job type such as ‘entry-level jobs in mining’, or ‘mining jobs no experience iMINCO’
- Set up Google alerts for mining jobs using the keywords above.
Mining Jobs No Experience – the guide to finding jobs in the mines for new starters
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 worldâ€™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 Queenslandâ€™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
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 MineStarâ„˘
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.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.