Plant Operator in the Mines - iMINCO Mining Training Information

Plant Operator in the Mines

Jumbo Operator

Jumbo Operators are responsible for the operation of a single and /or double boom jumbo drilling rig for underground development mining with the installation of ground support.

Bogger Operators

Bogger Operators are responsible for transporting or bogging, waste rock and soil or ore onto trucks or to different parts of a mining operation.

Excavator Operator

Excavator operators are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of excavators to dig, move and load earth, rock or other materials. Excavator drivers in the minerals industry may perform the following tasks:

  • Load and unload plant from low loaders and manoeuvre it around site operations;
  • Communicate with truck drivers and other personnel to coordinate operations;
  • Operate equipment to excavate to correct levels and alignment, working from drawings and markers;
  • Back-fill trenches;
  • Select and change excavator attachments, and
  • Service equipment.

Bulldozer Operator

Bulldozer operators are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of bulldozers, using the blade and other attachments to gouge out and move rock, earth and other materials. Bulldozer drivers in the minerals industry may perform the following tasks:

  • Operate the plant to move overburden;
  • Carry out basic maintenance, adjustments and repairs to plant ““ only if qualified;
  • Carry out pre start checks;
  • Set levels;
  • Use machines to anchor form, and
  • Remove obstruction on roads.

Grader Operator

Grader operators are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of graders to spread and level materials on site. Grader operators in the minerals and energy industry may perform the following tasks:

  • Level surfaces by making repeated passes over working areas and observing survey pegs or signals from co-workers;
  • Dig out ditches by tilting grader blade;
  • Break up surface with scarifying attachments, and
  • Service equipment regularly.

Scraper Operator

Scraper operators are responsible for the safe and efficient operation of scrapers which pick up, haul, deposit and level earth on mining sites. Scraper operators in the minerals industry may perform the following tasks:

  • Drive machines to scrape surfaces to a given depth and collect material in their bowls to be deposited elsewhere on site;
  • Dump and spread material following the guidance of survey pegs, and
  • Service and make minor repairs to the equipment.


Mill Operator: $70,000 ““ $100,000 Jumbo Operator: $85,000 ““ $180,000 Bogger Operator: $80,000 ““ $130,000 Longwall Coordinator: $120,000 ““ $150,000


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 operators in the mining industry

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 world’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 Queensland’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

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 MineStar™

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.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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