By Alice M Wunterman
The mining, as well as the oil and gas industry have been touted to be the biggest sources of employment these days. There isn’t a want ad in the newspaper or job ads online that isn’t looking for someone who is willing to train for and work in an industry that requires complex knowledge and an excellently analytical mind. Thousands of jobs are reportedly up for grabs but very few are able to dig a niche for themselves in this industry and for a lot of reasons.
Basically, many want to get hired for jobs in the mining and oil and gas industry, but few know or even possess the skills to make it in the business. Entry-level jobs, labor hire and contractors, apprenticeships and trainees, you name it everybody wants a part of it. However, what most applicants don’t realize is that if they don’t have the proper knowledge of the job, companies would have to make the decision of letting them go before they can become liabilities. This business is cold, hard and ruthless, it demands that you adapt and thrive under hard conditions because you don’t actually work in air-conditioned offices but in remote sites were humidity and lots of dirt prevails. You need to be able to wake up at the crack of dawn and sleep at the crack of dawn.
The high demand for job positions in these fields may be quite a challenge to get hired for as this will vary by occupation as well as location, depending on the number of employers who are scrambling for talent in specific fields and the number of qualified applicants in each place. Based on recent studies, jobs in logistics and operations are considered job positions that are hardest to fill, staying on online ads for about 46 days, engineering jobs for 44 days and tech jobs for 41 days.
So what does it take to be able to secure a job in these very complex industries and what does it take to last in them? For starters, candidates need to be knowledgeable in computer applications like Microsoft Office and PowerPoint, and in the fields of project management, quality control and quality assurance. You need to have certifications like commercial driver’s licenses, be a certified public accountant, first-aid certifications, national electric code and certification from the Project Management Institute and you may also require generic induction competencies. As far as practical knowledge goes, you need to have relevant on-site mining and construction experience and must have undergone safety qualification courses.
There are also specific conditions you must adhere to like you must not have any skin or breathing allergies, enjoy technical work and be exceptionally accurate, and of course, be physically and mentally fit as most of these jobs are going to be done under unusual situations or conditions. No one said that the jobs were easy but then again, for the exceptionally and analytically skilled, you may find it easy to get hired – otherwise, it may be best to just consider and explore other options.
By Ross Smith
It’s also important that people wanting to enter the industry have relevant experience in the area they want to enter in the Australia Mining industry. The market is getting very competitive with some companies getting over 500 applicants or more for one position. Especially with the amount of media that the mining industry is receiving on current affair programs in Australia and New Zealand regarding all the money to be made in the industry. It’s making it a lot harder finding position, especially unskilled mining jobs and also finding companies that will take on people with no previous mining experience. It’s not as easy as it used to be in entering the mines. More work is being mechanically assisted therefore skilled people are required rather than the old days in the industry when a lot of unskilled positions were available.
Also certain skills and trades are in more demand than others. Mothers and Fathers reading this should take some notes and direct your kid in the right directions when they are planning to leave school and enter the work force or university study. If your kid is not interested in university study and wants to leave school get them into a training scheme with a company that will give them a trade after a few years that will in return earn them over 100,000 a year and only working two thirds of the year in the mining industry in Australia. Also university study can be planned and the end result will be more rewarding. Students with a Mining Engineering Degree’s are getting snapped up quicker than they are being graduated. There is an 18% vacancy rate in this area and top students are getting sign on agreements of up to 10,000 dollars like sporting super stars with some of the large mining companies in Australia as well as a 100,000 starting off salary.
Getting back to relevant experience; Mining companies want to hire people that have done the particular job back in the cities and are passionate about their job. Its costs a lot hiring a person, and putting the person through the inductions fully paid and then ongoing training, the last thing they want is the person to quit their job after a few weeks.
A lot of people tell me they have an HR and want to drive trucks? But they don’t have any experience driving trucks in the city let alone on a mine site. Agencies won’t even look at your application if you don’t have mining experience of 2-3 years. A lot of their positions are fly in fly out and are filling a vacancy that is important for production to run properly. If production is not running efficiently, it’s going to costs the company money. A lot of the big companies don’t have time to train people on the job site any more. This is the same with people wanting to enter the industry as a cleaner on a mining camp. The hiring companies want people are experience in this field as its costs them a lot to train people and put them through inductions. If people have several years experience in this field, it shows the company they are passionate about this job as they want people that are going to stay with them for a long time and are not just using a cleaning job in a mining camp to gain a dump truck job. This is a big NO for the hiring cleaning companies in the mining industry and they have tough interview procedures to stop people entering the cleaning industry with the intention of fining a dump truck job.
The way the mines are going you want 2 -3 years experience in a field in your civilian career. If you want a particular job in the mines its best to start now where you live and get some experience. Even if it means driving buses, it’s still related to driving trucks. Bus drivers make good dump truck drivers as they have to be safety conscious during the day which skill is wanted for dump truck drivers to have. This is the same for people that tell me they have driven a digger a few times in the past and planned to get a job driving a digger on a mine site. Hope you have good patience as if this is the only experience you have your going to be waiting for a while. Those diggers on the mine sites are a lot bigger 150 – 700 tonnes. These positions driving dump trucks and diggers are paid well and the employees climbing the company ladder will be getting these positions before you.
It may be easier to find a job with a small sub contractor company that has work on a mine site. They may not pay as much as the big mining companies but they are more likely to hire a person in your situation and this way you get that valuable mining experience.
A lot of the time is who you know in the mining industry, if you met the right people and make a good connection with them. It’s easy to find a job any field you like.
There are three job fields in the mining industry in Australia:
University educated mining jobs. Geologists, mine managers etc. Jobs that require university study as important part of the position.
Skilled Worked. Mechanics, wielders, Boiler makers, Drillers, Often requiring a trade or specific training.
Ticket required Jobs. Loader driving jobs, Truck driving, Road trains and dump trucks. Jobs often requiring tickets to show you’re skilled in driving particular machinery or vehicles.
It sometimes turns into a cache 22 situation. The companies only want to hire experience people but how do you get that experience if they don’t take new comers to the industry on. Answer; 1) Use your friends if you have any that are working in the mines. 2) Some companies run programs in participation with training institutions in the cities where if selected after a 1hour interview you can do one of there courses and then they help you get a job. These organizations can charge up to 4000 dollars and some applicants have waited 4 months for a position. This is very common for the people entering the industry wanting to drive dump trucks. 3) The last option is to take up another position in the mines which provides easy and quick access to get that “mining experience” that companies want. It may not be a position that you want to do for the rest of your life, but it’s a position that pays wells and will open the world to the lucrative mining industry.
It can be tough finding out want positions that are the easiest ways to enter the mining industry in Western Australia. They are not well published and it’s up to who you know in the mining industry that can fill you with information regarding positions that are a good way to get into the industry.
By Marisca K
Ever wanted to start mining in Eve Online? This article will cover 5 crucial factors to consider before picking the type of ore that best suits your needs.
The first important indicator of a good ore type for you is your characters proficiency at mining skills. When you are new to mining, it is probably wise to stick with the most common ore (veldspar) for the time being. This ore is relatively easy to mine and will still give some decent yields even with modest mining skills. To get a good yield in the high-end ores found in less secure areas, the use of tier two mining equipment is recommended. Of course it will take quite an investment of skill points to be able to use this equipment.
Secondly, you will need to take your skills in the Spaceship Command category in account. Will you be mining ore in a frigate, a cruiser or a battleship? Or will you take a specialized mining vessels like mining barges or exhumers to the asteroid belt. The choice you make here will affect the yield you will be getting from the different types of ore as well, as those ship feature different bonuses. And the most advanced mining lasers can only be fit on the specialized mining ships.
A third thing to keep in mind is the danger you will face mining those Ore Asteroids. Please do yourself a favor and stick to the types of eve ore found in high security space, unless you have excellent shield/armor and drone skills. You can find asteroids of Veldspar, Scordite, Pyroxeres, Plagioclase, Omber and Kernite in high security space.
While the first three things to consider were largely dependent on your skill points, the fourth factor is much more dynamic: The Eve market. Prices of Eve ore and minerals fluctuate a lot, and vary from region to region. If there happens to be a shortage of tritanium in the market for example, prices of this mineral will go up. Because veldspar refines to tritanium, this means the veldspar ore price will go up as well and this obviously makes mining veldspar more attractive financially. In times like this, you will see an experienced miner with maximum mining skills mine Veldspar right beside the new player who just started out.
Last but not least, you should take the volume of the ore in account. Every time you reach your maximum cargo capacity, you will have to unload your ore. You can head to a station to drop off your ore, before you resume mining. This takes time however, and cuts down on your mining yield. If you are alone, you better choose a small ore type (like veldspar) and make sure your Solar System has a station nearby.
Marisca K is an avid game fan with several years of experience in Eve Online gameplay. Please visit her website for all kinds of useful information about Eve Online. To help you select the right type of Eve Online ore, this website gives an overview of the types of ore found in a solar system, complete with the security level and number of asteroid belts there. Happy mining!
By Harvey Schwortz
The mining industry across the globe is one of the most vibrant industries. For this reason, there is an increasing need to have experts who have the expertise to forge to better heights and achieve greatness with this career. Seasoned mining professionals will attribute their success to many things including their training as they acquire expertise. A lot of schools and training programs will help develop young professionals to feed a market that is always keen on new talent. Training is therefore competitive and must be designed to meet all relevant needs of the current world.
To take training to another level, there is great need for mining training evaluation in different institutions. This training must provide all that is needed to breed young professionals accordingly to the job market. To ensure this, evaluation will come to play and this is the importance of it. The content used to train as well as the methods employed to deliver the training will be considered in this respect. Focus on these practices will be ensured as people look into how they deliver the right skills to trainees. Organizational dollars and personnel will also be focused on. This centers also on other resources that are used for organization.
Another thing that will be considered is organizational productivity of the training. With this in mind, the following are the top reasons why this process is crucial in any mining training forum. Improvement on the side of trainers will be explored and through evaluation, the need to improve will be accessed accordingly. Many times, people fail to recognize such loopholes that result in compromised mining training. Recommendations after evaluation will be the guide to helping all trainers improve on areas as they execute their work. There is always room for improvement and this evaluation will act as the guide.
The needs of the mining workplace may change from time to time and a good evaluation will guide trainees and trainers on delivering on those needs. There are so many needs in the mining workplace and people need a host of skills that range from managerial to other kinds of technical expertise in the industry. All training platforms need to consider this evaluation because it will lead to improvement not just for trainers but in trainees as well.
To achieve all this, there are many methods employed that will make sure that success is realized. For more information on this as well as how trainers can be evaluated, go online and access the many available good resources that will enlighten you. Training evaluation worksheets are among the tools that will be used to achieve the assessment.
By Joe Haun
With the current down turn in the economy many engineers have loss their jobs or worried that they maybe losing their job soon. Budget constraints both in the public and private sector are forcing to think about how secure the jobs really are. But as we all know this recession will not last forever. Sooner or later the promised recovery will begin. The question is what engineering will benefit from the renewed economy and which ones will not fair so well? There is no real crystal ball, but there are clear indicators that every engineer should be aware of and make preparations accordingly.
Engineers will need to continue their education to stay up with the latest technologies to offer their clients the best solutions. Most of the State Licensing Boards require Professional Engineers to renew their professional licenses periodically with a minimum number of continuing education units. These units are usually Professional Development Hours (PDH) or Continuing Education Units (CEU). One PDH is equivalent to one hour of course education, and one CEU is equivalent to ten PDH or ten hours of course education. Some may find that their profession is not growing or trailing behind may need to change careers or strength their technical knowledge.
One of the best indicators of upcoming markets is to know what the baby boomer generation needs and wants. The baby boomers, the individuals born between 1945 and 1964, are now approaching retirement age. Many will be retiring and will require some medical and health assistance. They will also want medication to appear young as long as possible. Obviously fields that support this industry will do very well. The most likely profession to benefit is Biomedical Engineers. They are necessary to improve new medical devices and equipment. In addition, new facilities will be required for the aging population. Independent Living Facilities and senior communities will rise in demand. This will definitely improve prospects for Civil and Mechanical Engineers.
Another field that will continue to have a high demand for engineers is the environmental fields, which includes new green products, renewable energy, water resources, and waste-water management. The United States will continue to encourage renewable energy including wind and solar power with government grants and other types of funding. These projects will generate numerous jobs for many different professions. As the population continues to expand a greater demand will be placed on housing and our water resources and waste-water management. These increased demands will increase jobs for Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Environmental Engineers.
Due to the increasing population and aging facilities, the government will also need to expand and improve the country’s infrastructure. Roads, bridges, dams, railways, airports, and utilities throughout the country will need greater attention. These improvements will also increase the demand for Civil Engineers.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook”, 2010-11 Edition, over the next decade, 2008 to 2018, the engineering field should grow by 11%. In 2008 engineers held 1.6 million jobs in the United States. A little more than 45% were employed by the three leading professions; Civil, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering. As expected the three smallest engineering professions are highly specialized; Agricultural, Mining and Safety, and Marine and Naval Engineers.
Another surprise was that about 3 percent in 2008 were self-employed, many as consultants. This means that 97% of engineers are employed by the government or private firms.
One would think that most engineers are employed by the government, but according to the report about 12 percent in 2008 were employed by the Federal, State, and local governments, and about half of them were in the Federal Government, mainly in the U.S. Departments of Defense, Transportation, Agriculture, Interior, and Energy, and in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Many engineers in State and local government agencies worked in highway and public works departments. Approximately 45% are employed in three professions; Civil, Mechanical, and Industrial engineering.
Three leading employed professions
Civil Engineers- 278,400
Mechanical Engineers – 238,700
Industrial Engineers – 214,800
Three lowest employed professions
Agricultural Engineers 2,700
Mining and Geological Engineers, including mining safety engineers 7,100
Marine Engineers and Naval Architects 8,500
The three engineering professions expecting the highest growth rate over the decade are Biomedical, Environmental, and Civil. These professions provide professional services in the industries which are expected to have the most significant growth. These fields include Health and Medical, Environmental Technologies, Infrastructure including transportation and utilities, and Water Resources and Waste Management. These industries also require the engineers to be local to provide the necessary services.
In addition to openings from job growth, many openings will be created by the need to replace current engineers who retire; transfer to management, sales, or other occupations; or leave engineering for other reasons.
The three slowest growing engineering professions are Chemical, Electrical and Electronics, and Computer Hardware engineers. These particular professions are receiving extreme competition from outside of the United States. Also note that these professions are not required for the most part to hold a Professional Engineering license. Companies are finding that engineers in other countries in electrical, computer, and chemical industries can provide the same service for a far lower salary or fee.
Three leading Job Growth rate professions
Biomedical Engineers – 72%
Environmental Engineers – 31%
Civil Engineers – 24%
Three laggards in Job Growth rate
Chemical Engineers – (-2)%
Electrical and Electronics Engineers – 1%
Computer Hardware Engineers – 4%
The three engineering professions with highest initial salary are in petroleum, chemical, and mining industries. Petroleum and Mining Engineers are expected to have a growth rate of 18% and 15% respectively over the decade, while Chemical Engineering is expected to decline by 2%.
The three engineering professions with the lowest starting salaries are Civil Biomedical, and Agricultural. Civil, Biomedical and Agricultural Engineers are expected to have a growth rate of 24%, 72% and 12% respectively over the decade.
Three leading Starting Median Salaries professions
Petroleum Engineers – $83,121
Chemical Engineers – $64,902
Mining and Mineral Engineers – $64,404
Three laggards Starting Salaries
Civil Engineers – $52,048
Biomedical Engineers – $54,158
Agricultural Engineers – $54,352
So what is the lesson? The engineering professions that require a local engineer usually with a Professional Engineer license will remain in high demand; especially Civil Engineers. Engineering fields that can be replaced by foreign engineers and do not require a Professional Engineering license will suffer. Engineers who have not kept current in their field may find themselves at a disadvantage when seeking promotions or during layoffs. The best way to stay current is through continuing education courses.
In this article we have discussed the future of engineering. Although for some the future looks bleak right now, the number of new engineering jobs is projected to grow. Many of the new industries will require engineers. The main way to ensure employment is to be aware of the demand for your profession and to stay current with the latest engineering skills; technical, ethical, and managerial. Acquiring the necessary skills can be the difference between an employed and an unemployed engineer.
In this article Joe Haun, discusses the future of engineering and the need for engineering continuing education. To learn more about the business of engineering, and how to quickly receive your engineering CEU’s and PDH’s through online training, visit: Engineering Continuing Education, and download free online course manuals and documents.
By Brayan Peter
Mining is destructive to the environment as trees and vegetation are cleared and burned for mining. Natural minerals and metals are stripped from the soil. In fact mining is one of the causes for deforestation. When the environment is drastically affected, naturally the people will be affected.
The mining pits dug during land dredging mining remain as stagnant water pools serving as breeding ground for mosquitoes and other water-born insects.People living near such water pool areas have high possibility of getting water-born diseases such as malaria. The gravel, mud, and rocks displaced during river dredging mining disrupt the natural flow of the river. As a result, fish and other aquatic living organisms often die and fishermen find it very difficult to navigate in the obstructed rivers. Sand and gravel mining may sometimes pave way for contaminating the groundwater.
Chemicals used during mining process causes pollution to the environment, animals, and people.The chemicals such as cyanide, mercury, or methyl mercury used to amalgamate the metals and minerals extracted by mining are discharged into rivers, streams, bays, and oceans, thus contaminating the water bodies and the aquatic organisms such as fish living within the water bodies. People who consume such contaminated aquatic organisms are prone to serious health hazards. The contaminated water cannot be used for bathing, drinking, cooking, or washing clothes, thus creating water scarcity problem for people living nearby.
The toxic waste from mine tailings flow into either an abandoned mining pit or adjacent forest in the case of land dredging and pollute the river in the case of river dredging. The people who are exposed to the toxic waste from the tailings suffer health problems. They may suffer from skin rashes, headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. Some mining involves the unintentional dispersal of heavy metals, such as lead, into the atmosphere. This can have serious health effects such as mental retardation in children. Asbestos dispersed into the environment during asbestos mining is life threatening for local residents and workers.
People living near mining areas or mining villages are very much disturbed and affected by the impact of mining. Theft, drugs/alcohol, prostitution, rape, cultural degradation and sexual abuse are unfortunately some of the worst problems of people living in mining areas. The poor people who face the health problems of mining cannot afford for a medical treatment, or the people who live in a remote village where a doctor is not accessible remain untreated for their illness.
The mining operators and their families may also face problems. The miners also have life risks when they are working in the mine. The family of small scale miners may suffer from financial and protection problems as the miners leave their family in search of work.
The effect of each proposed mining process on the environmental should be analyzed before granting permission to proceed mining. For example, the mining and use of asbestos are banned in most parts of the world life as asbestos dispersed into the environment is life threatening for people for several years.
Thus deforestation, mineral/metal depletion and chemical pollution due to mining can have unfavorable impact on the environment, aquatic habitats, people, animals, and of course the mining operators . Mining operators must be aware of the impacts of their mining operations, adopt self safety measures and ensure minimum risk to the environment and people.
By Tom Houser
The mine security personnel you choose for your mining operation must be completely up to date on all current training and mine safety regulations. Having inexperienced or unqualified personnel can cost lives and lead to unnecessary shutdowns.
How Can You Be Sure Your Security Personnel is Qualified?
Qualified security personnel must have knowledge on all aspects of safety such as blasting, fire extinguishers, oxygen and acetylene safety, heat hazards, pre-shift inspection and workplace inspection.
When it comes to mining, mine safety is quite controversial……..although it is much safer now than in previous years. Even still, mine accidents often receive a lot of publicity because an accident in a mine can cost lives.
What the public does not hear about are the situations that were prevented due to proper safety and security by trained and experienced professionals.
Effective safety involves making sure that all the mining personnel are properly trained as there are specific training courses that the mining industry sets forth. Mining is still a very dangerous industry, which is why it is vital that all personnel including your mine security team fully understands the importance of being educated on the dangers.
Preliminary Planning is Vital to Ensure Effective Mine Safety
In order to ensure that your mine is up to the latest safety standards, qualified mine security personnel should development a safety plan based on the objectives of the mining company. These plans should be implemented into the general security post orders.
A qualified security and safety team will analyze a mining operations current safety and mine security measures. This will help to identify any potential dangers that exist along with a plan on how to deal with these specific dangers.
Any plan developed by your mine safety team should follow all the necessary Acts and Codes related to the specific jurisdiction of the mine.
Any plan that is implemented should have a specific target date for completion, in addition prior to implementing anything, the parties involved should agree upon a budget.
Once all plans are finalized and agreed upon, the mine safety personnel must put the plan into action. Additionally, your mine safety and security personnel must offer ongoing support and supervision to ensure that the proper safety measures are adhered to on a daily basis.
When it is all said and done, mine safety and mine security personnel are as important as any member of the mining operation. Cutting corners in this aspect of the business could cost lives and millions of dollars.
By Ross Smith
There are projects for a further 70,000 workers needed in the mining industry in Australia over the next ten years. Now is as good time as any to get into the lucrative mining in industry in Australia. There is a demand for skilled and unskilled workers which has seen a dramatic increase in wages over the years.
Western Australia has most of the action with over 200 mines in gold, uranium, nickel, and iron Ore being the main minerals being harvested. With mining companies continuously opening new mines within their lease and also finding new land for exploration especially with iron ore and gold at record prices due to china there is no slowing down during this mining boom in any near future.
One popular occupation wanted by many wanting to get a job in the mining industry in Australia is driving the big dump trucks. It’s a job in high demand especially from the media lately showing people making over 100,000 dollars a year and only working 2 thirds of the year. It’s also in demand by a lot of people as the job itself is less physically demanding than others mining jobs. You are also out of the harsh weather that the western Australian outback provides especially its hot summers which it can reach up to 55 degrees during the hottest of days. There are many different types of rosters, dump trucks operators are on, it really depends on the company itself. 9 days on and 5 days off is becoming a popular roster among workers especially people that Fly in and Fly out from Perth and want to keep a healthy relationship with their other half in Perth. 2,3, or even 4 weeks can also be available which you will be working 13 days in a row and 12 hours days.
There is a myth that mining companies prefer women because they are gentler on the dump trucks than males. Scientifically they cope better with menial/ repetitive work than males which are more likely to fall asleep at the wheel, which is a mining company’s worst night mare. There is a shortage of rubber in the world today and a dump truck tire contains a lot of rubber. The companies monitor how many days they get out of each tire and if it appears that a specific driver is working the truck to hard and wearing out the tires quicker it won’t be long before they are told to slow down on acceleration.
Most the dump truck driving jobs are advertised in the newspaper in the mining section. More and more of the jobs are advertised on the company’s website itself. There is also traineeships available for people interested in obtaining a dump truck driving jobs in the mines in Australia. Some dump truck jobs are contracted out to specialize mining agencies.
Some mining companies have told me that dump truck companies like people who have driven buses in their home city. I can see the potential of this experience as being suitable for a dump truck driver. A bus driver has to constantly be aware of its environment in and outside his/her vehicle. The driver has small kids running around outside and has to be proactive in their driving manner. This experience shows the mining company the individual is safety focused (if they have a good record!) If not driving buses, I recommend start getting experience now driving in a quarry in a production environment. This is going on that I have seen job adverts asking for people with experience driving trucks apply for dump truck driving positions.
By Howard Joseph Smith
Working in the mining industry is just like working in any other types of industry – if you work hard and show you have the edge, you’ll easily find yourself climbing the corporate ladder. Whether you are a geologist, engineer, technician, or miner, you can become a leader in this booming industry simply by setting yourself apart and making sure you do these things:
Be the Best That You Can Be in the Position You’re In
If you are working as a miner, be the best miner that you can be. If you were hired as a mechanic, be the best mechanic that you can be. Your main focus should be the best in your position even if you think you were given a menial tasks. Career advancement will pursue you and not the other way around once your employer sees that you are outshining others in your field through your excellent performance.
Broaden Your Skills
In the mining industry, being a jack-of-all-trades can be an advantage. Focus on your primary role, but give time for learning aspects of the business as well. If you know how to look for opportunities, there are a lot you can do apart from what you are already doing in your current position. If you are a mining worker, there are certain courses you can take to diversify your skills. There are also training programs you can enroll yourself to if you want to learn some technical skills such as operating heavy machineries.
Never Stop Learning
Even in the mining industry, there is always a room for progress and development, so never think that you already know everything. Instead, always make an impression that you still have a lot of room for learning. If possible, find someone in the industry who can mentor you, preferably a person with years of experience in the business and someone you look up to.
Never Quit and Never Say No
Never quit even if you feel there is no longer any hope for you to progress. Again, focus on being the best in the position you are in and not on how you can climb the corporate ladder. Eventually, your hard work will pay off and you’ll see yourself being in the position you are desiring to be in. At the same time, never say no to the challenges of the mining industry. It may take you two to three years to reach your goal, but the sacrifice and the wait will all be worth it in the end.
One way to diversify your skills in the mining industry is to continue to educate yourself. Today, you can do that with the help of a number of online courses related to the mining industry. Find more info on mining current events and on how you can be the best in the mining business by visiting the MiningIQ website.
By John Salamon
If you dropped out of high school at year 10, have no real tertiary qualifications to speak of and have only really performed manual type labour in the past, you can still earn a very healthy wage in Australia with many of the unskilled mining jobs up for grabs. The really great thing about the mining industry in Australia is that there simply isn’t enough workers.
The mining industry is literally screaming out for them, and you don’t necessarily have to be an engineer or a chemical technician to secure a mining job either. There are plenty of unskilled mining jobs going up for grabs in the mining industry in Australia, all paying impressive pay rates which you would never be able to match with a common job in the major cities. So what types of mining jobs are available that do not require much if any experience to fill?
Some of the most common unskilled mining jobs available.
Dump Truck Drivers
Fire or Safety Sentry
Enclosed Space Sentry
All these basic unskilled jobs might sound simple and even unexciting but in a mine, they will pay nearly three times as much doing the same job in the city.
So why would mines pay so much for unskilled workers?
Mainly due to the isolation, the vast majority of Australian mines are out in the sticks, in the middle of nowhere and in quite inhospitable areas which are very dry and hot for almost all of the year.
What about accommodation? Accommodation around most mining sites is generally in extremely short supply, especially in Northern Queensland I have had reports of very shrewd real estate agents demanding ridiculous rents simply because they know miners are well paid and they are unafraid of charging ‘what the market will bear’. Unfortunately local housing around many mining sites is a contentious issue but many mining companies are providing their own solution to this problem by shipping in removable accommodation modules, although they are not exactly family friendly they do the job for any committed and hardworking mining worker and they help mine workers keep more of their pay.
So where is the best place to get an unskilled mining job? Western Australia is without doubt the best place to secure a mining job, the mining sites around Kalgoorlie are probably the most desperate for workers in all of Australia and although accommodation is very basic on most sites. Although be prepared for the isolation and heat, all around the Kalgoorlie area there is little more than rocks and dust and the temperature can get above 45 degrees in the shade in summer.
How do I apply for mining jobs? The best way to apply for a mining job is to travel to the mining area itself and find a job agency in the nearest town and apply. If your unskilled and inexperienced at working in a mine its a given that a mining company will not offer you a fly in, fly out job. Although if you show the initiative of travelling to the mining areas yourself and applying at the local town’s employment agency, it will show that you are serious about getting out there in the heat and dust and are prepared to work up a sweat.
How can I prepare for an unskilled mining job? Even if you are looking to secure an unskilled mining job it is worthwhile to do a few courses such as the MARCSTA or Mining and Resource Contractors Safety Training Association course, and if you’re interested in driving dump trucks then obtaining your HR license is a must before you head of to the mining areas. Also it’s an excellent idea to do your advanced first aid course before you set off for the mines.
It will pay to prepare yourself physically as well for working in a mine as well going to your local GP and having a general check-up, chances are if you secure a job in a mine site you will have a more thorough medical before you’re hired, but it’s a good idea to check that you don’t have any undiagnosed ailments or health problems before you set off to a remote and harsh area so you don’t end up wasting your time. It’s also a good idea to increase your fitness level as well, as this will not only help you to pass any pre-employment medical after a successful application but will also build your body up to operate in a very tough and hot environment.
More valuable information on securing unskilled mining jobs.