Do you know where the next mining jobs are in Queensland?
One of the ways to score a mining job is to do your own research on the mining companies in Australia as well as keeping yourself informed about where the mining activity is now, and also where it is likely to be in the future.
Having the right mining information is the secret for people who are looking to break into the mining sector. If you do your research, follow the news and keep active, you’ll soon start to discover a lot of mining activity in the coal and metaliferous extraction sector.
Let’s explain a few things…
iMINCO recently reviewed a mining story about Cougar Energy; who are an ASX listed company and are active in Queensland coal mining activities. Although Cougar Energy is a global company, they are being funded to continue moving forward with its JORC (*Joint Ore Reserves Committee) drilling program on its Mackenzie PCI grade coal tenement in the Bowen Basin, Queensland.
The Mackenzie coal tenement has an exploration target of 120 – 170 million tonnes of **PCI (pulverised coal) grade coal and is between the Jellinbah (PCI) and Yarrabee (PCI and Thermal) coal mines with excellent infrastructure availability. The coal mines are situated West of Rockhampton.
A potential Run of Mine (ROM) 3.0 Mta underground longwall mine is currently being considered to establish whether it will be a viable option.
Cougar Energy is also seeking further investors in the Mackenzie project and/or a potential large investor in the company. They are also completing the evaluation on how it will proceed with the Wandoan Thermal coal project (JORC 360 Mt) and its Kingaroy coal asset (JORC 73 Mt).
So what does this mean for mining job hunters?
This news story was easy to find, if you know where to look and is an example of one of the ways iMINCO provides information to help YOU, find a career in the mining and resource industry.
Queensland coal mining jobs are always going to be around; and yes, there have been cut-backs and people unfortunately moved from their current jobs.
Here’s a current fact for you to consider. At the moment the mining and resource industry is burdened with a turnover-rate of staff which is running at approximately 30% per year. To make it even easier to get your head round it, with a mine operating with 500 workers, each year 150 mining jobs across all job types are becoming vacant. You just have to ready to fill them.
What this means is, there will always be opportunities for you to find employment in the industry, if you have the right mix of skills, experience, training, qualifications and attitude.
We’ve written a ton of articles on how to get into mining with no experience, we’ve shown people how they can transfer their trade skills into a mining job.
We’ve arranged mining training for thousands of people just like you who have prepared themselves for a career in mining. iMINCO has also helped many hundreds more to advance their careers by enroling in online training courses that allow them to gain the qualifications to advance their careers in management and supervisory roles – and of course, they earn a heck of a lot more money in the process.
The mining activities of Cougar Energy in the Queensland coal fields is an example of how the coal industry is ramping-up for a new era of productivity and it is looking for people just like you who are willing to put in the hard yards, contribute to the growth and profitability of the company and in the process enjoy the rewards that a mining career can bring to you and your family.
Coal Mining Projects in Queensland by Cougar Energy
- Kingaroy Coal Asset
Surat Basin, Queensland
73Mt JORC Thermal Coal Resource
- Wandoan Coal Asset
Surat Basin, Queensland
360Mt JORC Thermal Coal Resource
- Mackenzie Coal Asset
Bowen Basin, Queensland
Resource target PCI Coal
New starters looking to get into mining in Queensland need to be aware of these requirements.
- You must do a Mining Induction course (You will not be allowed on a mining site in Queensland without one). This is a 2-3 day course that focuses on OHS and educates you to everyday mining life, terminology, procedures, safety and compliance policies.
- You must have a current Coal Board Medical certificate.
- If you are a machine operator you will also have to transfer your civil tickets to Black Coal Competencies.
There are other considerations like having a mining focused resume prepared to give you every chance of getting that all important interview. We also have a load of information on how to write a good mining resume as well as some vital information on interview tips, because we know there can be times when we can clam up when we’re in that situation right?
Go to the Cougar Energyfor Queensland website for more details of their upcoming mining projects in the Bowen and Surat Basins of Queensland.
* The JORC Code`) is a professional code of practice that sets minimum standards for Public Reporting of minerals Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves in Australia.
** PCI Coal
Low volatile PCI coal is increasingly sought by steel mills in preference to high volatile coal that has traditionally been used as PCI coal. Low volatile PCI coal provides superior performance in the blast furnace due to its higher carbon and energy content.
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.
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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.