It’s only 125 years since gold was first discovered in WA. It was the birth of an industry that defined the state. And, just like the state, the mining industry itself has changed a lot since then. In those early days, “mining” meant sorting through the dirt to find gold — or panning using water..
With Rio Tinto announcing the sale of its last Australian-based coal mine recently, is coal mining in Australia coming to an end? Globally, coal consumption is in decline – but only slightly. Coal has been used as a significant heat and energy source since the industrial revolution in the 1800s. It was the only fossil..
In the mining and resources sector, safety management has been in place since the days of taking a caged canary into an underground coal mine. The theory was, if the canary dropped dead, it was time to get out. The canary was in fact a carbon monoxide detector. Of course, these days animal rights groups..
For any mining company taking on a trainee comes with a level of risk. These risks need to be considered by both the company and the individual before a traineeship is offered and accepted. The challenges for mining companies offering traineeships Generally, the return on investment from a traineeship can be realised in a few..
Historically, entry-level jobs in mining have been the roles that are labour-intensive or repetitive or require minimal (if any) qualifications. As sites move towards automating more of these kinds of roles, what does that mean for entry-level people? Rio Tinto recently announced its autonomous fleet had hit the one-billionth tonne of material moved in the..
It’s fair to say that mining has seen more incredible change in the last 20 years than it had in the entire century before that. Real-time data, automation and autonomous vehicles are now standard on many sites. According to this article from news.com 85 per cent of the jobs we’ll be doing in 2030 are..
When people think about the resources sector in Australia, most think about iron ore, gold and coal; however, Australia is also in the world’s top five exporters for bauxite, alumina and zinc. So, what are we digging it all up for? Well, not all commodities are used to make cars, phones, computers and the like..
The mining industry is made up of a diverse and eclectic mix of characters. In my career, I would estimate I have spoken to, or worked with, 5000 or 6000 people in the mining and resources sector. I’ve worked in FIFO and residential site roles and worked in the cities and towns in support roles. What..
It is an unfortunate fact of life that in any community, in any industry, there are individuals on the periphery looking for ways to make a quick dollar with minimal effort. During the boom in the mining industry there were people who took advantage of people wanting a start and, more recently, there are reports..
After a recent blog post about what you need to know for your first time on site, we received several queries about when was the best time to start training. There is no straightforward answer to this question, as everyone has a different ‘ideal role’ in mind, individual’s circumstances differ, and the pre-requisite requirements of..
You’ve signed the paperwork and you have a start date, but it’s your first time heading to a mine site. What do you need to know before you leave? And, for that matter, when you get there? What will it be like on site? What will you need? What should you take? We’ve compiled a..
In late January an announcement was made about a new iron ore project in the Pilbara region of WA that would create up to 3000 jobs during construction and some 900 jobs when in operation. On the back of FMG’s announcement to develop the Eliwana deposit in December and with the Mineral Resources Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum..
Does anyone else get annoyed when Christmas decorations go up in September? Or when hot cross buns and Easter eggs are in shops before those decorations have even come down? It seems retailers have this belief that shoppers want to purchase for these celebrations months in advance, when in reality all merchants really want is..
How did Kerrie get her start in the Mining Industry? Welcome to our second Vlog, where Shane from Minedex chats to Kerrie about how she got her start & tips on how you can get yours.
What attracts people to the mining industry? Centuries ago the lure of gold drove people to travel vast distances, often to new countries, in the hope of discovering a fortune. In Australia, the early prospectors arrived from Europe, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, China and North America in the thousands. Many left families back home, some..
At the beginning of each year, financial wizards, stockbrokers, banks and financial advisers all forecast their predictions for the year ahead. While none of us at Minedex proclaim to be any of the above, we’ve decided to gaze into the crystal ball with a list of predictions. Below we’ve added our 2017 year end predictions..
What the commodities markets are telling us about 2017 I have written a lot about the mining industry being cyclical, and having experienced several downturns now in my career, the one that has just occurred is by far the longest and most severe I can recall. But everyone seems to forget that neither a boom..
We don’t know how many time we have heard “I want to drive a dump truck” from someone wanting to get into the mining industry. Have you ever thought about how the skills you currently have working in roles outside of the mining industry match up with roles in the mining industry? They’re called “transferable..
Why having a good network is a career-boosting idea. There’s a reason so much is written — both online and in career books — about the importance of having a good professional and social network. It can change your life. Networking is about building relationships and friendships that can be beneficial — whether to you,..
What does an industry expert have to say? Meet Shane. He’s been in the mining industry for more than 22 years. Shane is the host of the first episode of our new “vlog” series, which is designed to give you the inside edge on getting a start in the industry.
Where to look for mining jobs on social media In our ebooks we talk about using LinkedIn to search for potential hiring managers, but what about other social media platforms? Are you following companies you want to work for on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram? Which are the best sites for jobseekers? Companies will be..
Mining Employment Career Fairs It isn’t always possible for jobseekers or graduates to attend a job fair. I recently discovered an online job fair where people can interact, ask questions, download information and achieve much the same as you could at an in-person job fair. There have been a few in Australia in recent years,..
Mining Employment What you need to be aware of when looking for a role? I caught up with a few old colleagues last week, and could not believe what they were telling me. It seems despite all the information on line about ensuring you make a good first impression, there are still job seekers out..
Mining Employment Getting your application noticed A quick Google search of ‘get your job application noticed’ brings up a large number of ideas. Options range from name dropping (we prefer networking), to researching what the company’s challenges are and addressing how you, the applicant, can assist in overcoming them. All great ideas, if you have..
Mining employment In our ‘You and mining’ page, we cover off on some common rules on site and one of these is fitness for work. The use of drugs and alcohol is monitored in the mining industry through breath and urine testing and a positive result for any substance usually results in instant dismissal. There..