One of our recent posts about Pybar Mining Services talks about how they are about to start recruiting to fill a load of underground mining jobs. After a quick Google Search for these underground mining jobs, we quickly noticed how many other opportunities at various mines around Australia there was for underground miners. As a result, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to talk about the underground industry in Australia, the various jobs available and how to land your dream career.
What is Underground Mining?
Underground Mining is generally used for areas where the mineral seam is too far underground for open cut mining to be of use. In Australia a significant proportion of it’s coal, gold, nickel, copper, zinc, lead, tin, uranium and diamond exports come from underground mines.
Given the large scale of this industry, Australia has some of the world’s most productive and technologically advanced longwall coal mines, and many mature, deep base and precious metal underground operations. This has seen Australia become an industry leader, with expertise and intellectual property now being exported around the world.
What Underground Mining Jobs are available in Australia?
Underground mining jobs in Australia are unique, with workers requiring extensive training in machinery operations and heightened safety awareness. With more and more mines in Australia increasing production or re-opening in response to a lift in prices, we thought we would give you a quick run down on what jobs are currently out there.
After a quick search on some of the major job websites including Seek, Adzuna and Career One showed hundreds of jobs available. Below we have highlighted a few of them to give you a quick snapshot of what is available.
Underground Dump Truck Driver – Townsville QLD
This company are looking to recruit a FIFO Underground Dump Truck Operator to work on an ongoing basis.
Underground Conveyor Maintenance Roles – Fitters, Electricians, Operators – PIMS Group – Mackay, QLD
PIMS currently operates several large projects over multiple mine sites across the Bowen Basin in Queensland. Due to recent growt, PIMS are currently seeking applications from experienced Underground Conveyor Fitters, Electricians & Operators to represent the PIMS Group.
Recruiting for all types of Underground Miners – Western Australia
One of Australia’s leading Underground Mining companies is recruiting for all types of underground roles. This includes but isn’t limited to Service Crew, Truck Drivers, Bogger Operators, Jumbo Operators, Nippers, HD Fitters and more.
What qualifications do Underground Mining Jobs require?
At a minimum you should posses the following (Click on the links to be directed to the ticket page):
- Mining Safety Induction Ticket (Standard 11)
- Work Safely at Heights Ticket
- Minimum of current C Class licence, HR looked at favourably
- Current First Aid certificate
- Trade Certificate – Where applicable
- Ability to pass a medical. For coal mines you can do a coal board medical.
In addition to these you can also upskill to give yourself a better chance at landing your dream job. Courses could include:
- Enter and Work in Confined Spaces ticket
- Dump Truck ticket
- 4WD Training course
- Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
- And much more!
How a well-written mining resume can land you a dream mining job
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With a strong focus on your skills, qualifications and work experience, the resumes they create will better your chances of getting an interview. Their industry specific resumes have proven particularly successful for people who are looking to enter the mining industry and are applying for entry-level mining jobs.
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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 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.
Komatsu 830E Haul Truck
The Komatsu 830E is an ultra class dump truck used in Australian open pit mining operations an is designed and built in Peoria, Illinois by Komatsu America Corporation (parent company is the Japanese held company Komatsu Ltd.
The Komatsu 830E is a beast, with 231,000 kilogram capacity (255 short tons). Although this is a big truck, the 830E's load capacity is about 66% the capacity of the Liebherr T 282C and Caterpillar 797B.This is an electric truck and is being featured in many new mining operations as well established mines in WA and QLD.
The electric drive system is very different fromt the transmission/differential drive of traditional trucks. The diesel engine is connected to a GE traction alternator with high voltage cables transfering electricity to the two wheel motors at the rear of the truck.
Read more about the KOMATSU 830E mining dump truck on the Komatsu 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.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.