With so many jobs today that are involved in and around the mining industry here in Australia, there are some that are for the inexperienced and other jobs and careers that are for people with experience with degrees and/or with a trade behind them.
I thought here, I’d write about a few of them here on my website as I come from being an electrician in my early years and have an interest in other trades too as I have worked alongside and with them for many, many years, my friends which I grew up with have alot of different trades too, we were mainly in and around the paper making industry and now they/I work in different places all over this World.
The Engineer jobs, onsite and in the job roles around the sites, play a very important part within the mining and gas industry in Australia and also, around the World.
Here I’ll try and let you know what they do basically and a how you may get a job in this industry and even how to get started if you want to get out there and get amongst it.
What does an Engineer do?
In regards to the mining industry, the Engineer can be involved across all the trades and also in all facets of the mines work, there are four major types of engineering roles, Chemical Engineer, Civil Engineer, Electrical Engineer and Mechanical Engineer, the type of work across these roles may include (excuse me for brain dumping, this engineering is a career of many jobs and skills); design, feasibility, consulting, planning the mining of the minerals (How the minerals will be mined), costs, profits, ROI (Returns on Investment), safety, analysis, longevity, process, science, mathematics, accounting, environmental controls, approvals, solutions, drafting, problem solving, reports, analysing data, analysing outcomes, estimates and maths to name a few.
What skills and experience you may need to get an Engineer job in the mines?
- Experience in similar industries or work experience through VAC
- Appropriate safety course qualifications and generic induction competencies
- A technical or supervisor role on a mine site
- Be studying a Bachelor of Science or Engineering
- Previous worked in a technical or supervisor capacity with ongoing success
- Have a Bachelor of Mining Engineering or another relevant degree
Where the Engineers job may lead ::
As the jobs involved with engineering are so vast, here are a few places where the job role may lead, this depends on where you want to go and where your passion lays in your work.
- Contract management
- Business development
- Mine management
Summary and where to look for Engineer jobs in Mining ::
So there you have it, a brief insight into what it takes to be a Engineer in the Australian mining industry (I say brief because the job roles are so diverse, it would be hard to cover it fully here adequately, but you never know, over time), if you are looking for work or looking at a career in these job roles, look on the Australian Job search sites, there are plenty at the moment in the mining industry and also in through associated industries, just type “Engineer jobs in mines Australia” or “Engineering jobs in mines Australia” into your computers search engine, also if you are just starting, type these in too and then have a look at what type of jobs there are, where they are and I guess in the end, wages or salary packages, this is so you can sum up if you want to be an Engineer as a career as it is pretty much a life career choice and the Engineers salary can be very large depending on who you are working for.
If you are looking at or just starting your career in this job and want to get out and work in the mines or on the fringe of the mining industry, you have to start somewhere, so go and get pre qualified and your ready to go, so don’t be afraid to ask questions of people in the know who have been through what you are going through now.
Or another alternative, whether you have your qualifications or not, ring up the many companies that hire in these job roles or the mining companies themselves and ask if they have any positions as you are looking to start your career, I remember ringing for jobs when I was young before I started my trade and also after, ringing a company shows a bit more get up and go on your part and that is a good thing in the competitive jobs market and your potential employers eyes, you never know what may happen unless you put yourself out there, so make those calls and start your career as an Engineer in the mines, remember it’s a battlefield out there in the job market, so you need all the breaks you can.
If you like this list and are interested in mining you may also want to read Mining Towns in Australia
Or you can go back to the main page, Jobs in Mining