How to Get a Mine Job

A job in the Australian mining industry can be very rewarding.  You can learn new skills, build on your existing qualifications, and grow your professional network.  However, the reward that the mining industry is most well known for is the salary $$$.

The average salary for a miner in Australia is over $100K annually and varies according to the role and location. Where do I sign you say?  If only it was that simple.

Getting a job in the mining industry can be difficult, particularly if you have no mining experience, but be persistent and use some initiative. NB Industries Field Service Manager, Neville Kock, has been working in the mining industry for some 35 years.  He advises tradespeople looking to get into the mining industry to develop knowledge and skills on machines used on site. This may mean taking opportunities to work in various OEM workshops, or with their equipment.  This will increase your machine knowledge and skillset and make you a more desirable candidate.  He notes:

This can be done in conjunction with companies like NB Industries who work on a variety of mine equipment and place tradespeople in positions in OEM workshops as top up labour.

Here are 5 more tips to help you land a lucrative career in the mining industry:

1. Research open mining positions

To start your search for mining jobs, keep an eye on the official websites of companies that employ miners.  NB Industries uploads all open positions on the ‘Careers’ page of their website.

You can also search on job websites such as Seek, for positions that match your skill level.  Narrow your search to specific locations, experience, or qualifications to find positions that you are more likely to be considered for.

Seek offers Employers a talent database that connects them to qualified candidates for open job roles.  If you register with Seek and you allow them to connect you with employers, ensure that all your details are correct, and all your qualifications, tickets, and skills are up to date. That way you are less likely to miss out on opportunities.

2. Network

It’s sometimes not what you know, but who you know.  Connecting and talking with people who work in the mining industry may open doors that wouldn’t have opened otherwise.  They may be able to advise you on what you need to do or even who you can contact.  Reach out to family or friends who work in the mining industry or know of people who do.

Try connecting with mining professionals or groups on social media.  Get in touch with hiring managers at companies that employ miners.  They may give you advice or help you get started.

3. Gain Skills and Experience

A lot of mining jobs require specific qualifications or experience.  If you have a trade qualification or a degree in engineering or construction, you may find it a lot easier to find work in mining than someone without a qualification.

Whether you have qualifications or not, you can make yourself a more attractive candidate for a mining job by upskilling.  Specific skills you need will depend on the role you are seeking and on the employer.  Research relevant job descriptions for reoccurring competencies that you can work on.

Certain mining jobs require licenses, training, or tickets.  Some of these can be very expensive so do your research and get professional advice before you start spending money on courses.

Most mining jobs require:

  • Coal Board Medical (physical fitness examination)
  • Driver’s License
  • Forklift License
  • Working at Heights/Confined Spaces Ticket
  • Negative Drug and Alcohol test
  • Police/security clearance

4. Create a Mining Specific Resume

Your resume is a representation of you.  It helps hiring teams to decide whether you are suitable for a position or not.  That is why it is so important that the correct information is included, and it is structured to highlight your strengths.

Choosing the appropriate resume format is important as it will showcase your strengths according to the specific role you are applying for.  If you have a strong work history, consider using a chronological resume format that highlights your experience. If your skillset is more relevant, consider using a functional resume format.  Whichever format you choose, your resume should include the following sections:

  • Contact information – name, phone number, residential and email address
  • Work experience – list of jobs you’ve had, key responsibilities, achievements, a timeline of role
  • Educational background – list of certificates, diplomas, degrees, trades, the name of the institution you attended, a timeline of attendance
  • List of skills – top competencies relevant to the mining job
  • Referees – supervisors you have worked with in the past that the employer can contact for a reference.

5. Have Realistic Expectations

To get your foot in the door, keep an eye out for entry-level mining positions and apply.  You may not start on a huge salary straight away, but you will gain valuable onsite experience and it will give you the opportunity to prove yourself as a reliable worker.

Although mining jobs have many benefits, mine sites are typically in remote regions and shifts and rosters usually involve long hours.  The environment is generally hot and dusty, and the work can be very laborious.  You need to be physically and mentally prepared to perform the requirements of the job.

If you are a tradesperson, an apprentice, or a skilled trades assistant looking to enter the mining industry, register for opportunities with NB Industries by emailing your resume to hr@nbindustries.com.au