New Starters

Getting a Start in Mining

Unfortunately if you don’t have the right information getting a start can be one of the hardest things to do in Australia today. At the moment there is an over supply of experienced surface truck drivers. This is because of the automation within the Iron Ore industry. You can see why a lot of people believe that the only way to get into the industry is to know someone. Or take pot luck sending your resume into every job available and hope for the best.

It’s not like you can go down to the local TAFE and enrol in a mining course for new starters, this is why we wrote the Introduction to Underground Mining training packages.
Mining knowledge is the key to getting mining employment and this training teaches you the exact jobs as a Nipper, Truck Operator, Offsider or member of Service Crew/Paste Crew/Shotcrete Crew on a Hardrock Underground Gold, Nickel, Copper, Silver, Zinc or Base Metals mine.

You can see all the jobs on seek if you type “underground” in and give it a spin.We have an ongoing relationship with a large owner operator that allows you to apply directly to them for Nipper and Truck roles after you finish the training.

We also have our “Mining jobs to apply for” page. On this page we load up jobs that you should be applying for, once you finish the training. These are all employers that have taken people from the training before.

If you think the process looks overwhelming and want help then check out the Workready package, they do your resume for you and you get a WA Shift Boss to make sure you have learnt the mining information, do interview prep and plan how you are going to get into the industry.
If moneys tight (as it is for a lot of us at the moment) and you can follow instructions in our DIY Introduction to Underground Mining package. The instructions to make your resume mining friendly and the interview prep questions are all in the back of the Australian mining seminar. You just need a manual drivers license, be able to pass a medical, drug test and have a clean police clearance.

The training is not a magic bullet. You need to spend the time studying and applying for jobs to make it work. Lots of people have made it work for themselves. You can see this on our Wall of Fame page. If you would like to talk to someone about how to get a start in the mining industry then you can leave your details in this link. Good luck to everyone, hope you get the start you are chasing soon.




The Mining Coach