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Jobs in Mining

Entry Level Jobs
These jobs require little or no previous experience. On-the-job training may be required for some of these jobs. You must be able to read and write, though some require at least a Grade 12 level of education.

Labourer loads, moves, cleans up, etc.
Janitor/Dryman keeps the mine clean
Blast Helper helps load explosives into drill holes, makes sure everything is safe before blasting
Driller's Assistant helps operate/move the drill, handles drill core
Equipment Operator drives dozers, graders, loaders, trucks, etc.
Geophysical Asst. operates geophysical equipment, records data
Mechanic's Helper helps clean, oil, test, and fix equipment
Electrician's Helper helps run wires, check & fix electrical equipment
Surveyor's Helper holds stakes & rods, carries equipment
Crusher Operator runs the controls setting the amount of rock going into the crushers
Sampler collects ore samples for testing
Grinding Operator runs the equipment which does the rock crushing
Flotation Operator runs the tanks which mix chemicals into crushed rock and water
Reagent Operator works with a machine that mixes chemicals into tanks filled with powdered rock and water
Dewatering Operator runs the filter that gets water out of crushed rock before shipping
Cook's Helper helps prepare and serve food
Warehouse Person works in warehouse, stocking inventory

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Skilled Jobs
These jobs require that you be able to read and have previous mining experience and may require some training / certification.

Driller drills holes into rock to get core samples for geologists to look at
Blast Hole Driller drills holes into rock for blasting
Blaster decides how many holes and how deep to drill, packs explosives into holes, makes sure everything is safe before blasting

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Apprenticeship Trades Jobs
These jobs require that you be a journeyman or certified trades person.

Carpenter builds and repairs buildings
Cook cooks meals for workers
Electrician installs, fixes electrical equipment
Mechanic fixes machinery
Machinist makes, fixes equipment parts
Plumber installs, fixes water pipes and fixtures
Steamfitter/Pipefitter puts steam and water pipes together
Welder welds metal together to make/fix equipment
Millwright installs and repairs mill machinery
Crusher Operator runs the controls setting the amount of rock going into the crushers

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Office Jobs
For these jobs you must have at least a Grade 12 education and have some training or experience.

Mine Clerk keeps mine records, time sheets, etc.
Accounts Clerk works in payroll and costing
Secretary does word processing, records mail, files, and makes appointments

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Technical Jobs
These jobs need a technical college diploma. Generally, these are one or two year programs

Mining Technician helps mining engineer with underground surveys, plans where to mine, figures out how much mineral is left
Environmental Technician makes sure environmental rules are followed
Engineering Technician makes drawings of machines, buildings, systems, helps keep them working

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Semi-Professional Jobs
These jobs require a college diploma. Technology programs are generally two to four years in length.

Mill Maintenance Foreman makes sure mill equipment is maintained in good working order
Electrical Foreman supervises electrical workers, trains them
Mine Foreman supervises mine workers, makes daily work plans, trains workers
Mill Foreman supervises mill workers, makes daily work plans, trains workers
Safety Officer ensures healthy working conditions, sets safety rules
Warehouse Supervisor keeps warehouse in order, keeps records of materials stocked

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Professional Jobs
These jobs require you have a university degree.

Geologist explores for ore bodies, advises whether to mine and where ore is to be found in mine
Mechanical Engineer designs new machinery
Mining Engineer decides on best way to get ore out of ground, helps to design whole mining operation
Environmental Engineer ensures that mine wastes are safely disposed of and prepares plans for dealing with emergencies
Accountant keeps financial records
Nurse tends to injuries, ensures safe, healthy work environment
Manager of Training plans, teaches training courses
Human Resources Manager recruits, hires, plans what workers are needed, pay levels and training, and hires workers
Materials Manager decides what supplies are needed
General Manager makes sure everything in the whole business is running as best it can

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Jobs Serving the Mining Industry
There are many other jobs that are associated with the mining industry. A lot of companies sub-contract out different parts of the mining process. You can create your own opportunities by providing goods and services to the industry. Some examples of jobs related to mining are:

  • Prospecting
  • Maintenance
  • Camp Construction
  • Expediting
  • Staking Claims
  • Security
  • Line cutting
  • Trucking
  • Geophysical Surveying
  • Sampling
  • Supplying Food
  • Trenching
  • Camp Management
  • Cooking
  • Diamond Drilling
  • Remote Communications
  • Airplane Passenger and Freight Handling
  • Road and Airport Building and Maintenance
  • Supplying Construction Materials
  • Equipment Rental
  • Making Special Clothing or Equipment

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