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Are you trade qualified and searching for a mining job?

Construction and trades jobs in the mines are still available – but there are so many people who have no idea where to look, or how to even start. Mining companies are always searching for skilled tradesmen with a variety of construction experience who can transition to working in the mining industry.

When new workers enter into the mining industry, there are new rules and work practices to follow, especially when it comes to personal safety education and Work Health and Safety protocols.

Not only do tradespeople have to be qualified and experienced in what they do, there are induction courses and mine-site specific inductions that must be completed before being allowed on a mine site.

So what’s next?

iMINCO has created a series of e-books to help tradespeople understand the Australian mining industry and demystify the steps to take to get into a mining job. There’s no absolute pathway or ‘magic bullet’, however it does involve a bit of work and a lot of extra research. Mining jobs for tradespeople will always be available as long as the resource sector is chugging along.

Despite the slackening off of the price of iron ore, coal and other precious metals, Australian mining still has a lot of life left in it.

The industry is always searching for highly skilled and motivated people who see a mining-related career as a solid and long-term employment option – and not just a quick money-making win for themselves.

Mining companies are a relatively safe bet from an employee perspective, or even as a contractor. Contracting of course, as in any industry has a ‘shelf life’, and requires every worker to make that extra effort to get themselves noticed by the company who employs them.

The old saying ‘it’s not what you know, but who you know’ can certainly be applied to the mining and resource sector.

Mining Jobs Guide - e-book iMINCO

Prepare in advance – get the right mining training

There are many mining jobs that existing tradesmen can apply for. Your existing trade qualifications will give you the edge when applying for a position with a mining company.

Dump Truck Operator Salaries

How much do dump truck production operators earn in the mines?

Depending on where you live, or which state the mine is located in, as you can see from the information below, the salaries are very different. In Queensland and New South Wales, mining wages are pretty much the same for Dump Truck Operators. Working at a Western Australian mine you can expect to earn about 20% more than if you worked in QLD or NSW.

Dump truck operator jobs are advertised on SEEK and other mining jobs boards regularly.

According to online jobs website Indeed (, the average salary for a Dump Truck Production Operator in Australia is $41.98 per hour. Salary estimates are based on 326 salaries submitted anonymously to Indeed by Dump Truck Drivers. The data was collected from past and present job ads on Indeed over the last 36 months. Dump Truck Driver Pay Estimates

Looking at the salary of an entry-level Dump Truck Driver with less than 1 year experience, you can expect to earn an average hourly wage (includes bonus, and overtime pay) of AU$42 based on 24 pay reviews.

With so many different and conflicting articles about pays, it's difficult to know what the exact take home pay is for a Dump Truck Operator.

Blackwater, Queensland Dump Truck Salaries +40%

According to, Dump Truck Operators in the Queensland Bowen Basin area of Blackwater, earn an average of 39.7% more than the national average. Dump Truck Operators also get more money in Western Australia (26.6% more) and Kalgoorlie (17.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Melbourne, Victoria (19.6% less), Brisbane, Queensland (16.2% less) and Sydney, New South Wales (14.3% less).

SEEK mining job salaries for dump truck production operators

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What are dump truck operator employers looking for?

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  1. sindri May 12, 2015 Reply

    Hello. Im looking to get into the mining industry to earn myself some valuable life experience. Im 26 from iceland and a journeyman electrician for 5 years… I have no idea where to start searching. Could you giveme a pointer?

    • John May 18, 2015

      Hi Sindri, that’s good you have a qualification as an electrician. The first thing to do is to find a company to sponsor you, then you need a 457 visa to allow you to work in Australia.
      Start searching for electricians jobs on the online jobs boards like SEEK, Indeed, CareerOne, and of course

      Discovering the opportunities starts with finding the jobs, this is your first step.

      Good luck with the jobs hunt

      iMINCO Mining Information
      r.e. I’m an overseas electrician looking for a job in Australia

  2. Heidi January 23, 2013 Reply

    Hi there,
    I have owned and operated a successful commerical/industrial/domestic contract cleaning business since 1995. I have heard that there has been a large increase in the mining industry of experienced cleaning personnel. I am interested in how best to proceed with both seeking and applying for these positions. I thank you in advance and look forward to your reply and advice.

    Kind Regards

  3. Shane Elg August 6, 2012 Reply

    Hello, I am a fully qualified boilermaker 53 years old looking to get into mining, is my age a barrier? Is there anything else I can do to assist me in aging employment. Have just enrolled in an induction course.

    • Pete August 7, 2012

      Hi Shane, thanks for your question – we hear this a lot.
      Let me tell you that the average age of a person working in mining in Queensland for instance is 40 years of age, and around 24% of the workforce is over 50 years of age. Age is no barrier to getting a mining job.That’s great you have taken the first steps in enrolling in the mining induction course. There are plenty of opportunities to get into mining. It depends what type of job you want to do Shane. You might want to start off as a ‘clean skin’ and work your way up through the ranks as many people do. One of the best ways to get in to mining is do your research. Decide where you want to work. Are you comfortable with working a long roster system like 2/1 or 4/2 and can you travel and leave your family to work in the mines? Once you decide what is it exactly you want to do and where you want to work, start looking on the mining job boards like SEEK, Career One, As always well written, mining focused resume will help get a foot in the door. The team at Industry Pathways get tons of phone calls each week from people looking for advice on the best courses to take to give you the best chance of getting into mining, give them a call on (07) 5533 3373, they’ll happily give you some additional help and direction.

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