Sampling Assistant in the Mines - iMINCO Mining Training Information

Sampling Assistant in the Mines

Field Assistant / Sampling

Field assistants perform support functions on site. They may work on drill sites, participate in field geophysical surveys and sample during geochemical surveys. Field assistants are often required to spend long periods of time working in remote locations throughout Australia. Field assistants in the minerals industry may perform the following tasks:

  • Order, check, pack and ship equipment and supplies for field surveys;
  • Manage small field camps, and in some cases cook for small groups;
  • Collect, record and transport samples of rock, soil and water;
  • Collate information collected from a range of samples and carry out computer processing of the data assist with all aspects of supporting personnel in the field,
  • Maintain collections and a wide range of equipment.

Skills Needed:

  • Enjoy scientific activities
  • Ability to prepare accurate records and reports
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Interested in rocks, fossils and minerals
  • Physically fit
  • Willing to work in remote locations


Field Assistant: $50,000 “” $90,000


Entry to this occupation is generally through an AQF Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

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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