Big money Mining Career that most people don’t know about

Big money Mining Career that most people don’t know about

Right now, you can start a mining career as a Nipper, Truck Operator, Agi Operator, Diamond Driller Offsider or member of Service Crew/Paste Crew on $400-$500 a day. You can turn your start into a mining career, that includes overseas work. Either as a Shift Boss, Foreman or Jumbo operator. Earning between $25K and $40K a month, like the current top Australian miners do.

So where can you find one of these jobs?


Due to the current boom in batteries (Nickel, Copper, Zinc, Lead, Lithium etc) nearly every Hardrock Underground mine in Australia is having to hire entry level people. They need people to fill their Nipper, Truck Operator, Agi Operator, Diamond Driller Offsider and Service Crew/Paste Crew jobs. You just have to type “underground” into seek to see all the jobs come up. There just aren’t enough experienced people to go around. This is forcing all the employers to hire new starters whether they like it or not. You can follow this link to checkout our Job Hunt Videos to see what’s going on.

So, do you need to know someone to get one of these entry level jobs and start a mining career?


Most people would naturally think, “yes I need to know someone” to get a job. However, Hardrock Underground needs so many people. That hiring friends and family doesn’t even come close to supplying the people needed. The employers need bums in seats, that’s why there are so many job ads. This is your pathway into a high paying mining career.

However, there is a catch (isn’t there always).


The employers have an issue with their new starters. Whenever they go into a boom and have to hire lots of new people, they end up with very high turnover. It’s not uncommon for employers to turnover more than 50% of their new starters within the first 6 months. This is why there is a constant flow of job ads.

So, what happens?


When a person goes in green (no mining knowledge on day one) they are on the employer’s timeline and it instantly turns into sink or swim training. It’s not anyone’s fault, just what happens with on-the-job training. You see, teaching someone to drive the truck is the easy part, it takes 2 weeks tops. But teaching them enough about how the mine works, so they can be left alone to drive the truck on their own. That’s the hard part and why there is such a high turnover of new starters.

So, if you can show the employer that you know how their mine works and what’s going to be expected of you working on their mine site. Then you have something to offer them. Showing the employer that you know the systems of work is huge and when I say “systems”, I’m talking about the culture, language, employment process, everything that makes up the work environment. This is all about setting yourself up for success in the industry and being ready to be thrown in the deep end.

When you can show the employers, you understand how their mine works and the jobs you are going to be expected to do. Then you genuinely have something to offer them and that’s when they hire. Checkout our Wall of Fame page to see the people who have got jobs. You can prep yourself using either the DIY Introduction to Underground Mining or Workready packages.

I hope you found that information helpful.


If you want to have a go at getting in yourself. Then it doesn’t cost much or take long to teach yourself. There is 50 hours of important information you need to learn. You can either one of the Underground Training packages to do it. It will not only make it much easier to get a job. It will ensure you have all the information and tools you need to make it past your first 6 months. Being ready to be thrown in the deep end and give yourself a head start to climb the crew ladder. Into one of the $700 to $2500 a day jobs like Charge Up, Longhole, Bogger and Jumbo.

If you want some help getting your start then checkout the Workready package. It offers a full resume and interview prep service. Offering extra support in learning the mining information and helping you make a plan on how and where you are going to get your start.


If you want to talk to one of the Underground Training shift bosses about how to get into the industry then leave your details in this link.




The Mining Coach