How to get a job in the mines – the Complete Guide

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Want to start working in the mines, but not sure where to start?

CERT has compiled all the most frequently asked questions about starting a mining career in one place. If you think mining might be right for you then keep reading and find out everything you need to know.

Mining careers offer the benefits of ongoing challenges and problem solving for employees. You can end up in amazing places, work with many different people from diverse backgrounds and build a long, rewarding career.

But like any industry it takes some work to get started. You may currently be working in a trade and wanting to take your skills to the mines, or if you don;t currently have experience and want advice on how to start from scratch. Either way, there’s certain steps you can take to make the process easier. 

There’s many available training and courses for mining jobs, but before you book a course find out if it’s the right choice for you. 

What are some benefits for working in the mines?

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Key benefits for pursuing a mining career start with the one most people think of with the industry, high financial compensation. While wages can fluctuate depending on demand for resources and other items, generally wages tend to be high in comparison to other industries, especially when you factor in that many miners are unskilled or low-skilled workers.

The industry is also diverse in many ways. The resources you can mine, the locations, the people and the jobs available. The industry is constantly evolving and advancing with new technologies and good employers will continue to invest in your development. If you’re looking for an adventure, then mining is also popular for those looking to relocate or happy to work in different locations.

Is it hard to get a job in the mines?

Like any industry there are challenges to finding jobs in the mines. Candidates with the right skills, experience and qualifications will find it easier than those without. But mining does offer many traineeships and opportunities for inexperienced candidates too, which does set it apart from some other industries. 

For those looking to get started you can take a number of steps to get going:

  • Establish a network and contacts
  • Speak with companies about their hiring requirements and qualifications
  • Reach out to labour hire and recruiting firms to understand what you need to stand out
  • Have qualifications or skills already
  • Keep your eyes out for Shutdown roles for temporary experience
  • Be in a town that is close to the mines

What qualifications or short courses do you need to be a miner?

Most mining roles require certifications or license to operate because the industry places a high importance on safety. While having the right certifications may help you land a role, you should also check with the recruiter or the companies directly before you pay for a course. 

Many employers have unique requirements, or their own training courses, so you may be wasting your time. Speak with recruiters in your target part of the industry and get their opinion before joining.

Courses and qualifications that help with finding a mining job include safety courses, machinery training and working at heights. CERT offers a range of courses in Western Australia to help workers find jobs or upskill, the include

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Make sure you undertake the right training for mining jobs in Australia and that it is relevant to the company you want to work for and the job you are seeking.

Can you work in the mines with no experience?

Finding a role in mining without experience is not impossible, in fact there are many options available for inexperienced applicants. 

Many companies offer cadetships, graduate roles and traineeships specifically for those without any work experience. Check with employers directly as they usually advertise these roles themselves on an annual basis.

You can be sure that if you are persistent, willing to work hard and adaptable to change, you will find an entry level role in the industry. Common roles include as a trades assistant helping a skilled and experienced worker, otherwise there are other jobs in the mining camps too.

Being proactive and understanding the safety requirements and certification you will need for your role, and making sure you are across these, will go a long way towards you being successful. Similarly, being on the ground in a mining hotspot like Kalgoorlie, the Hunter Valley or Bowen Basin will help your cause.

Final Thoughts

Working in the mines can be a fantastic career path for many people. With above average compensation and a wide variety of roles, locations and skills it offers a diverse job option for many.

Working in the mines these days is safe, and the industry places a high premium on peoples safety. AS such there’s many courses and safety requirements for employment, and CERT is there to help you navigate your entry into the industry.

Speak to CERT today and we can help you take the first steps to your next career in the mines. 

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