Top 5 Mining Oil and Gas Jobs in Australia - iMINCO Mining Training Information

These are the top 5 mining, oil and gas jobs in terms of median earnings in 2012. These statistics were gathered by the Australian Government`s Department of Employment. While the numbers may have changed slightly since 2012, this information should give you a good idea of what you can earn in what area of the resources sector.

Number 5 Mining, Oil and Gas Jobs: Exploring and Support Services

Exploring involves finding and developing new resources. Geologists, geophysicists, engineers and their helpers are among the members that would make up the exploration team.

Support services can include anything from cooking meals at remote camps to working as a secretary in the executive`s office. The mean salary for this large group of people with a wide range of skill sets was $1759 per week. This figure and those that follow are full-time gross (before tax) earnings.

Number 4 Mining, Oil and Gas Jobs: Non-Metallic Mineral Mining

Non-metallic minerals include sand, stone, gravel, clay and other resources that are used in a variety of manufacturing industries.

For example, lime, gypsum, cement and glass manufacturing require non-metallic minerals. Jobs in this subcategory include equipment operators, managers, truck drivers, assistants and many others. The mean salary for this group in 2012 was $1800 per week.

Number 3 Mining, Oil and Gas Jobs: Oil and Gas Extraction

Mining oil and gas jobs are divided into different subcategories by different organizations. Australia`s Department of Employment groups all employees involved in oil and gas extraction into this single subcategory. The median salary is $1878 per week, but some workers may earn substantially more and others may earn substantially less.

The number of positions in this category has grown over the years and is expected to grow even more as new technologies are developed to make extraction easier, safer and more economical. By 2020, Australia is expected to lead the world in LNG production.

Number 2 Mining, Oil and Gas Jobs: Metal Ore Mining

Many of the mining oil and gas jobs in Australia involve the extraction or processing of metal ores that include iron, nickel, bauxite, copper, aluminum and zinc. The median weekly salary in this subcategory is $2071.

Number 1 Mining, Oil and Gas Jobs: Coal Mining

Coal mining is still number one in terms of average weekly earnings. Although the country itself is moving away from the use of fossil fuels, it is still the world`s largest exporter and the fourth largest producer of this important natural resource. The median weekly pay for coal miners is $2100.

When all of the subcategories are considered, the median salary is $2000 per week. This makes mining, oil and gas jobs some of the highest paying occupations in the country. There is no better time than now to get the training and tickets you need to get a high paying job in the world’s fastest growing mining industry.

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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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