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What does the mining jobs boom mean for entry-level candidates?

What does the mining jobs boom mean for entry-level candidates? < >

  • June 22, 2018 | 12:02 am
  • Employment Tips,Mining Employment

The SEEK report came out a few weeks ago reporting a 34% growth in mining, resources and energy job advertisements in the 12 months to May 2018.

Exactly where are these roles, and what will this growth mean for those looking to get a start in the industry?

The Role Growth chart in this article shows the most growth has come from “Mining – Engineering and Maintenance” and “Mining – Operations”. Combined they account for 40.6% of the advert growth in the past 12 months.

A significant number of these advertised roles will of course have been professionals and those with experience. But, as we have previously said on the blog, as the experienced personnel are employed, companies will have to increase the training and development of semi-skilled and unskilled personnel to keep their mines running.

We’ve done some research for you and listed what entry-level mining roles you are likely to find under these headings:

“Mining – Engineering and Maintenance”

Roles advertised under this section on SEEK range from Sales Representatives for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), to trades roles to Mechanical and Reliability Engineers.

Entry-level roles would include Trades Assistants, Labourers, and Belt Splicers.

For those with a trade but no mining experience, you should definitely look under this section as more companies are now seeking trade-qualified individuals without mining experience.

“Mining Operations”

Entry-level roles here could include Blast Hole Labourers, Drillers Offsiders, Nippers, Service Crew and Drillers Assistant.

Where are the jobs

The SEEK article identifies that the states of Western Australia and Queensland account for a little more than 50% of the increase in advertisements. If you are in these states, you will stand a better chance of securing a role than those in other states.

There are other industries booming, and if you are looking for a career change, check them out here. Not everyone will be successful in securing an entry-level mining role, but you could still find something in another industry.

But, if mining is your aim, with numbers like these, and announcements like this, then the future looks good for the industry.

Don’t forget we are posting entry-level roles here daily. And we have job descriptions of entry-level roles that could potentially become available here.

Don’t wait until you are being asked to interview for an application, start learning about the industry, read websites, and learn about the companies, the potential roles and where they are.  Start now, as the industry is already concerned about shortages, and it may just be that to overcome this, more trainees will need to be employed now.