Miners operate equipment to excavate, load and transport coal, ore, mineral sand and rock, either underground or in open-cut mines.
Duties & Tasks
Miners may perform the following tasks:cut drives into the ore body using specialist equipment
extract coal or ore by drilling, blasting or excavating
load ore into mine cars, trucks or conveyors for transport to the stockpile or mine surface
undertake development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
support the walls and roofs in underground mines with rock bolts and erect wooden or steel props, pillars and arches
install lighting, pumps, cabling and other equipment to service the mine
monitor the operation of plants and ensure the safety of other workers on mining sites and during drilling operations
operate auxiliary plants (such as pumps) to expel air, water and mud.
Mines are often located in remote areas. Miners and plant operators may have to work in dusty, hot and noisy conditions. Many workers are employed at mine sites on a fly-in, fly-out basis, usually flying from a base location to the mine site, where they work for a number of weeks and then return to the base location. Although they work as part of a team, miners generally work without direct supervision.par Mining operations around Australia have a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol.
enjoy practical and manual activities
aptitude for mechanical equipment operation
able to tolerate physically demanding work, including shiftwork
willing to work in accordance with occupational health and safety rules
meet age restrictions, if applicable.