Land that job in hardrock underground mining!

Mining is a diverse and economically important industry internationally and particularly here at home in Australia. It is an industry that offers career opportunities like no other and a lifestyle to suit. None so more than the hardrock underground industry. What do we mean by hardrock? We are talking about gold and rare earths such as lithium, nickel, uranium, and copper to name just a few.

At the moment, Australia is on the cusp of another mining boom, specifically in the hardrock mining industry. This is because our mining companies and contractors are operating mines, not only here in Australia but around the world. They are using Australian foreman’s, shiftboss’s, jumbo operators, and safety & training managers amongst others to run mines for companies around the world because our mining systems of work are respected and considered world’s best practice.

Currently, new starters to this industry are in high demand because anyone who has experience already has a job higher in the ranks or those with experience have retired.

The industry needs new blood and employers are hiring.

In saying this though, applications for new starters looking to get into the industry are a dime a dozen and employers certainly have the pick of workers wanting to get their start.


Say you have applied for an entry level role as a Nipper, Truck Driver or on Service Crew. Your background may be from an industry involved in hard physical labour and you know the stresses of a 12 hour shift (this is just an example, you can come from many walks in life). How are you going to stand out from the thousand other applicants with the same labour intensive background and like yourself have no mining experience.


Hiring in the mining industry, yes goes through the company HR departments, but it is the site foreman’s and project managers whom undertake the final interviewing and hiring phase. What they say goes? If you can speak ‘mining’ to the foreman, then they will have confidence in your ability to do the job over someone else who respectfully has the same background as you but who can’t answer the questions, such as what are you going to do if you smell stench gas, explain cap lamp signals, and what are you going to do when your truck starts sliding down the decline (a common occurrence). They are wanting someone who can walk the walk as well as talk the talk. It’s that simple. These types of questions are just a snippet of the valuable information contained within our specialised courses which are considered industry standard.

For further information, take a look at the different courses on offer below or visit at About Us for information on where we come from.

Courses include

Truck Operation

Learn the skills for underground truck driving

Service Crew Operation

Great for people wanting to move up by expanding their skill

Nipper & other important duties

New to the industry, this short course will expand your skills

Basic Mine Site Operation

For those that know nothing about mining and want a detailed description on how a mine works