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  • Matt Spencer

Mining Career Tips


Know what you’re getting into

Mining is a world of its own. One of the hardest things to get use to when working in the Mining Industry  is generally the fact that the location of mines are in most cases located away from densely populated areas. Most mines are so far away from city life and developed infrastructure that they are comprised of camps for the miners who work on the operation. These camps act as a home for the miners for long periods of time.

There is no off switch on a mine

Working in a mine is as far away from a standard nine to five job as you can find. Mines operate twenty four seven with Miners working ten and twelve hour shifts for ten and twelve day stretches. Since mines are far away from towns time off is spent in mining camps. Miners are often gone for months and months before they return home to their families.

Mining jobs aren’t what they used to be

If you have an image in your head of just showing up with a stout back and a willingness to learn chances are you’re living in the past. Today’s mines have incorporated the latest technologies in order to refine their processes which means today’s mine workers need specialized skills and training. The best place to get that training is in schools that teach mining. Mining schools are for the most part, located close to mining areas.

Mining is not for the faint of heart

Mining is more dangerous than other jobs. It is the nature of the beast. They always have been and they probably always will be. This is especially true with underground mines that are hot, dark, cramped and not super well ventilated.  If you’re expecting a cushy work environment the mine isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for challenging high paying work and love getting your hands dirty then mining is just the ticket.

Mining isn’t just for men anymore

In the old days mining was a completely male dominated industry. In fact, just having a woman enter a mine was considered really bad luck. But now women are welcomed into the mining community; in fact, women now make up over twenty percent of the workforce in Australia. So if you’re single and spending months away from civilization in a mining camp, you might not have to live the life of a monk.

Know your specialty.

Underground Mining, Open Pit Mining and Underwater Mining are all very different specialties with different skill sets for workers. Since different people are drawn to different types of mining the culture around each type of mining is very different as well. Knowing which culture you prefer will go a long way toward ensuring you are happy when away from home for a long stretch of time.

It’s more than a Job.

Mining is a unique occupation with unique demands, unique rewards and a unique culture. It’s almost like a world unto itself. Since workers are away from home for long stretches oftentimes fellow co-workers become like close friends and families. Once you’re inside the world of mining, if you find you like the world, you might never want to go back to the land of nine to five again.

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