Mining Jobs Australia
Mining Job Australia
Mining Jobs Australia
Where are the mining industry jobs in Australia?
Recently the Australian mining industry has experienced a high demand for skilled employees. It is estimated that in the next 12 years a further 86,000 people will be needed. Of these it is thought that 30% of these employees will be tradesmen, 30% will be skilled operators and 10% will be professionals.
Traditionally most mining jobs in Australia have been in Western Australia and Queensland, but now there are many mining related jobs available in most of the other Australian States and the Northern Territory.
What sort of people can work in the Australian mining industry?
Specific job skills can vary from site to site, however Australian mining companies generally want people who:
Are safety conscious
Have a positive attitude
Are in good physical and mental health
Want to work in remote locations;
What is the mining industry employment minimum age?
You must be over 16 years old and companies really prefer you to have finished Year 12 or an equivalent vocational or university course.
How much can I earn in the Australian mining industry?
Mining industry salaries can range from $40,000 to $260,000+ AUD but it depends on your experience and qualifications.
What qualifications do I require for a skilled, trade or operator job?
TAFE accredited Certificates – level III or higher in a relevant area
Heavy vehicle (HR) licence and experience in operating heavy machinery
The following certificates are also good to have
first aid certificate and a pre-employment medical examination
Mining and Resource Contractors Safety Training Association (MARCSTA) accreditation
Mining Job - Heavy Vehicle Mechanic
Heavy vehicle and other types of engine repair, maintenance and testing. For the role of heavy vehicle mechanic you may be asked to complete the following tasks.
Repair and maintain diesel and petrol/gas vehicles. These types of vehicles may include trucks, buses, bulldozers etc. and also generators, pumps and compressors.
Diagnose mechanical and electrical faults.
Mining Job - Plant Mechanic
Plant mechanics may be asked to:
Maintain and repair all on-site machinery
Carry out vehicle services
Service Crew underground: $65,000 to $130,000
Heavy Duty Fitter/Diesel Mechanic: $70,000 to $130,000
Different Mining Job Roles
Mining Job - Electrician
Within the mining sector electricians are employed to install and maintain electrical systems such as setting up and maintaining power supplies to the mining plant and accommodation units.
They are also often asked to:
Install electrical wiring and circuits for extensions to work sites.
Set up high voltage switching.
Carry out maintenance on a variety of equipment.
Install cables and connect switches and fittings.
Test electrical circuits.
Typical average salaries are as follows
Electrician – General Maintenance: $75,000 to $130,000+
Auto Electrician on the surface – $80,000 to $135,000+
Auto Electrician underground - $80,000 to $140,000+
Leading Hand: $85,000 to $135,000+
Gold Mining in Kalgoorlie
Mining Job - Miner
Miners operate the equipment to excavate and transport the ore, coal and rock at underground or open-cut mines.
Examples of specialist mining roles are airleg miners, jumbo and longhole drill operators, continuous mining machine operators, longwall miner operators and mechanical bogger operators.
Bogger Operator: $80,000 to $130,000
Jumbo Operator: $85,000 to $180,000
Service Crew: $65,000 to $130,000