What You Need to Know About Unskilled Mining Jobs
If this sounds like you then unskilled mining jobs could be the best way to start off your career in the Australian mining industry.
Despite what others may think, not everyone in the mining industry has a professional degree or years of experience under their belt – it’s quite the opposite.There are thousands of people who have successfully managed to start a career in mining without professional qualifications or experience.
The Demand for Unskilled Labour
The mining industry in Australia is growing at a rapid pace and because of this the demand for unskilled labour has increased considerably. Mining companies are looking for people to fill various unskilled mining jobs vacancies ““ from laborers to trades assistants, cleaners and kitchen staff. So, if you are willing to learn and work hard, there are plenty of unskilled mining jobs up for grabs.
The Mining Jobs Opportunities Available For Unskilled People
If you are physically fit and not shy of hard labour, you can become a labourer. If you want something physically less demanding, you can look for unskilled mining jobs like fire sentry, closed space sentry, or trades assistant.
If you have love cooking and have experience in a restaurant or food preparation role or maybe you’re interested in a `behind the scenes` job, you can look for cooking, catering, and cleaning jobs.
If you have an aptitude for mechanics and you like working outdoors or you’re good with your hands, you can get an unskilled job as a roustabout or trades assistant.
If you have an HR (Heavy Rigid) license, you can look for mining jobs that involve the safe operation of heavy vehicles.
Other than the ones mentioned above, there are many other unskilled mining jobs that can help you start a career in mining and earn a good wage.
Salary Offered And Career Opportunities – Unskilled Workers
Mining jobs generally pay pretty well. It is one of the main reasons why people just like you, get into the industry. Many of the unskilled mining jobs pay up to $90,000 per year and some jobs pay as much as $150,000 per year.
Mining companies usually offer benefits like food and accommodation for entry level workers, especially when it is a FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) mine site. They also have on-the-job training programs and apprenticeship programs to help you develop the skills required to advance your career. So, the scope for growth is enormous.
Preparing For Unskilled Mining Jobs
Employers commonly look for the following qualities in entry level workers:
- Physical fitness (you may need a Coal Board Medical for Queensland coal mining jobs)
- A drug and alcohol free disposition
- Positive attitude
- A willingness to learn new skills
- Willing to travel (FIFO)
- Willing to work in tough conditions
- Able to be away from family for extended periods of time
- Relevant safety and induction courses have been completed
- Additional courses to help maintain a safe working environment (Work at Heights) + (Confined Spaces)
- Light vehicle operations and 4WD maintenance
Before you start applying for unskilled mining jobs, you should first decide what area you want to work in. Employers do not care much for applicants who say they will do anything.
So, choose a particular area and a particular position that you think would bring out the best in you. Once you have made the decision, work on acquiring the skills and knowledge required for the position.
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Mining companies usually have on-the-job mining training programs to prep you for the job.
Still, it is a good idea to complete the Standard 11 training course to get a head start on your career. Most mining companies also require you to have a clean police record and a valid driver`s license.
Unskilled mining jobs act as a starting point and help you get a foot in the door. They give you an opportunity to start at the bottom and work your way up the ladder.
If you are willing to work hard, learn on the job, and acquire new skills quickly, you will have a bright future in the 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 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.