If you are looking for a leg up into the mining industry then one of the best options to fast track your career is with a traineeship.
Just like a normal traineeship that you would find in the paper for an admin traineeship at your local Accountant, Trainee mining jobs are available in a wide range of fields – and are a great way to get your start.
Now obviously the starting salary is not no going to be fantastic, but the experience you will gain over the 6-12 months that the program goes for will be a good launching pad to a well paid job in the industry.
How Long Do Mining Traineeships Last?
The average mining trainee will take 6-12 months to complete his training and depending on your selected field, you may walk away with a ‘Certificate 2′.
Since the majority of traineeships last for about a year, they are a great way for you to test out the industry and see a mining job (and lifestyle) is something that would like to do for the next 5-10 years.
Sample Trainee Mining Jobs
Courtesy of The Super Pit in Western Australia, I have compiled a list of some of the different traineeship opportunities available in the mining sector.
Be trained to carry out open pit charging and blasting activities safely
Trainee Truck Operator
Be trained to transport ore and waste in a safe and efficient manner operating a fleet of 777,
789 and 793 dump truck. You will also have to opportunity to specialise in underground or open pit mines.
Trainee Security/First Aid Officer
Be trained to provide support to all employees and contractors in security, first aid and
Trainee Laboratory Technician
Be trained to collect and analyse samples from the processing plant
Trainee Process Technician
Be trained to monitor equipment and work stations within the processing plant
How To Find A Mining Traineeship
The easiest way for you to find out which mines/ companies are offering traineeships is to visit their websites. Both the mines themselves and the major mining companies have jobs sections on their websites and that is the best place to start your search.
There are also some mining specific recruitment companies, and also general job websites such as Seek could also be a place to look.