For most people trying to get a mining job, is one of the biggest career steps they will make in their working life. So, it’s always surprising to see (from someone in the industry) how many people jump into it (with both feet) without doing any real research. Sure, they will talk to a friend. Or a mates, mate. Getting some second hand advice, that normally sends them in the wrong direction and costs lots of money. I talk to a number of people each week that tell me the same story. How they have taken some bad advice, which has cost them time money and often a job.
Mining is different from other industries in Australia. Each section of the industry uses its own rules. Some use state rules, some use the national system. So, there isn’t a one size fits all approach you can use to get a job. You have to understand how the area of the industry you are trying to get a job in works. The media don’t understand this either. They seem to want to concentrate exclusively on Iron Ore and Coal, which are only part of the industry. We had a TV reporter start her Perth mining news story with “WA is built on Coal” on channel 7, we have one coal mine in WA, that’s it.
Here are 7 things every new starter needs to know before deciding on where and how they are going to get a mining job. I have done a number of videos on each of these topics that I will include for you to look at.
1, The areas of the industry that have all the new starter jobs.
With Iron Ore and Coal going driverless, there are 3 areas of the industry that need lots of new starts. Hardrock Underground, Exploration and Camp Utility work.
2, Tickets and Qualifications including the S11.
Don’t spend big money on equipment tickets that 80% of the production mining employers can’t use. If the mine you are on comes under the state based system. Then the employer will be required to do onsite equipment tickets and procedures. If you don’t understand how this works in production mining, it can make it hard to get a job.
3, Poaching rules and dead end jobs.
Poaching rules mean you can’t move employers on site. Without leaving site for 6 months before returning with the new employer. This has made moving from a utility job to a production job almost impossible.
4, Will you have to relocate?