Unwritten Rules in Mining

If you want a mining job then there are a number of unwritten rules in mining you need to know. The more you know about how the system works, the easier it is to get a job. The videos below cover information not widely known to the general public. Information that can make a huge difference in making a plan to get your mining job. You can listen to the information on the podcast Unwritten Rules in Mining.


The Carton Rules


In today’s video I am going to go over the carton rules that we use in Hardrock Mining, specifically Hardrock Underground Mining.


In the video I will run through how you end up owing a carton, who decides and why we do it.

6 months in your first Mining Job


In today’s video we are going to start our series on unwritten mining rules. This rule is about what happens if you do less than 6 months in your first production mining job.

Tickets and Formal Qualifications in Mining


In today’s video we are going to look at how the hardrock mines around the country have to issue their own onsite equipment tickets and procedures. 


I pull up the regs on this one, just to show everyone why the WA mines department did what they did back in the day, safety. By changing the regs and making all the mine owners responsible for everyone on site, this has greatly improved safety over the last 25years.


I look at the new 2022 regs for WA (to show you where they have moved this rule) and explain why shutdown and constructions can use their civil tickets.


In today’s video we are going to look at some of the unwritten rules involving your resume, to get a mining production job. We talk about the biggest mistakes people make with their resume and what you can do to fix it.


At the end of the video I talk about what you should be looking for if you are getting someone to write your resume for you. Spending $400-$500 on a resume isn’t going to help if there is nothing to catch the foreman’s or project managers eye.

Experience what Mining Employers Want


In today’s video I’m going to look at the unwritten rules involving the experience that employers want out of their new starters.


It’s not what most people think. Find out what experience the employers want.

The Medical


In today’s video I am going to cover the medical and how it really works.


We talk about the doctors, the tests and if you have the job when you get asked to do a medical?

It’s all about the Money


You can’t get around the fact that a safe mine is a profitable mine, incidents and accidents cost time and money, so the less you have of them the better for the bottom line.


Never forget that the mining companies are there to make money.

Having your Accommodation Withdrawn


In today’s video we are going to talk about the total control the employer has over you when you work in mining on site.

I am going to talk about an old unwritten rule that they use to get rid of people off site by withdrawing your accommodation.

As always it pays to know how the system works to take advantage of it.


If you are planning a mining career, then it pays to invest in the mining knowledge you will need to survive in one of these jobs as a Nipper, Truck Operator, Agi Operator or Diamond Driller Offsider. You can find the jobs by typing underground into Seek.


There is 50 hours of important information in the DIY Introduction to Underground Mining package has full instructions on how to redo your resume (it takes about 2 hours to do yourself using our template) and interview prep questions as well as a mining company to apply to directly. 


If you want help getting in, they also do a Workready package, where you get a ticketed WA shift boss to help you with the mining information, we redo your resume for you, do interview prep and come up with a plan of where and how to get in.


Doing one of our packages will not only make it much easier to get a start but it will ensure you have all the information and tools you need to make a career once onsite. If you don’t want to become a statistic, then education is key.


I hope that info helps.


The Mining Coach