How to get a mining employer to give you a go, as a New Starter

Like everything else in mining this depends on where you are trying to get a job. Each different type of mining (Hardrock Underground, Open Cut, Coal, Oil &Gas or Iron Ore) requires a different approach and requirements for a new starter to get a result. Yes, there is a way to get the employers attention and a job. Not only is it possible, there is a clear pathway you can use to successfully get the employers attention and then the job.

So what’s the catch I hear you asking?

It only works for hardrock underground mines (information doesn’t apply to Coal, Oil &Gas or Iron Ore), the DIY package cost $450 or Workready is $899 (using Underground Training's online courses) and last and most important. You will have to study and retain the information so you can answer the mining questions in the interview. Get the mining questions wrong and the employers will be very nice but they won’t hire.

The good news is!

There are lots of jobs going all around the country. The Hardrock Underground Industry has entered a huge upswing (if you go onto Seek and type underground into the first box and give it a spin you will see 1,700 plus jobs come up). This has meant employers are having to hire new starters, for all the Nipper and Truck roles

This is your in!

Knowing how an underground mine works is a valuable commodity these days and if you can answer these questions below, then you have something to sell the mining employers.

What do you need to do if you smell stench gas?

When scaling what should you do if a rock slides down the scaling bar?

What are the duties of employees?

Why is it important to water down correctly?

Secondary ventilation needs what to be effective?

If I move my cap lamp in a circular motion what do I want you to do?

How should you park an LV underground?

Discuss safety and how the candidate is going to improve their safety once on site?

What are the steps involved in taking a cut?

What four things make a heading serviceable?

When scaling, where should you never scale?

When watering down the stope what are you looking for?

When extending the services what needs to be done before re-installing the headers?

When hanging services where is the smartest place to stand in the basket and perform the work?

Why is pooled water so dangerous in an underground mine?

Once you complete either our DIY or Workready packages you will be able to answer all of the above questions and more. By studying hard and learning all the information, our students end up selling themselves to the employers with their mining knowledge to get their start.

To see why employers interview people that have completed our training packages then check out the video below or for more information fill out the link on this page.

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