Shovels, Dump Trucks and Draglines – How to get a Job in the Mines

Shovels, Dump Trucks and Draglines – How to get a Job in the Mines

Want to know how to get a job in the mines.  Cribhut is run by workers for workers and we have been their ourselves.  So, we can understand why you want in and why it can drive you mad trying to do so.  A six figure yearly income sounds nice, there are family friendly rosters on offer, you are keen to work hard, you have been trying to get a start in the mines forever and now it’s starting to get on your nerves.  We are hearing you.  Follow the below steps and you’ll be on your way in no time…

NOTE:  Since writing this post we now have a free more details guide to help you get your start here – How to Find a Job in the Mines (or Resources Industry) Guide


First, Can you pass a medical test?

Don’t waste your time wondering how to get a job in the mines if you think you may still have drugs or alcohol in your system.  If you rock up to a medical, course or induction with drugs or alcohol in your system you’re going to get done sooner or later.  Get tested before you go if you are unsure and then stay off it, most sites now have a one chance policy.  The last thing you want is to spend a bucketload of your time and money getting your start to be sent home before you even get on site.

There are plenty of stories around sites of people trying to out smart the system that end up covered in their mates urine, that they had hidden in a condom or being told they were pregnant after using their wife’s urine.  Put it this way, if they could catch Lance Armstrong, they are going to get you.


Second, Skill up

This is a bit of a catch 22, you don’t want to spend the money and time on courses if you have no promise of securing a job.  Probably the best thing to do here is to play it smart and follow your plan.

After following this guide you should have an idea of where you want to head, so focus on this and do your research.  If you want to drive Dump Trucks in Central Queensland for example you should look into getting your HR drivers license and doing your coal specific inductions and medicals.  Not wasting your time and money getting a fork lift ticket and doing iron ore inductions.  So keep it simple and efficient, focus on doing the fewest courses that add the most value to you as an employee, you can always do more courses once you get a job in the mines.

Also make sure you look keen at any courses you attend as a lot of the time this is where you will meet contacts from the mining industry and it often leads to getting work.  Always be prepared to sell yourself, it’s your livelihood.


Third, It’s who you know

This is true no matter what you are told and it is the next best port of call so get out there and talk to people.

Now that you have built a resume, can pass a Drug and Alcohol test, have some qualifications and have an idea of what you want to do, start talking to friends and family.  Ask around if anyone knows someone working in that field, even look at putting a post up on Facebook or sending an email around.  Don’t rule out traveling at your own expense to your closest mining town, the best place to look for fish is in the sea.

If you do come across someone, organise a time to shout them a beer and rack their brains, tell them what tickets you have, what you would like to do and ask where you should start.  This gets your name out there, shows you are keen and gets the ball rolling.


Fourth, Tell them you want a job

Go to Mining Companies under the Resources tab on this site and work through the list of companies we have put together for you.  Again, be smart about it and focus on companies that have sites near where you live, that fly-in fly-out from a city near you and actually have positions for the career you are chasing.

We have linked each companies website that we have listed.  Choose your targets and let them know you want a job, apply for their positions where ever they are advertised, show them what you have done to improve your credentials and prove to them that you are keen.  Ask them how to get a job in the mines as every company has different process and criteria.  Again, this also shows you are keen.  Remember to follow up, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.


Fifth, Join a Union

Not for the reason you may expect.  We aren’t going to preach to you, that people have worked hard and sacrificed in the past to get you the wages and conditions you are receiving etc, that is a philosophy for you to decide upon yourself, but if you are chasing a job in the mines it’s a pretty good idea to join.

On the Unions page under the Resources tab of this site, find the Union that looks after the Occupations and Location you have decided to focus on and then check out their website.  Most unions if you are a member well provide a list of current jobs etc and if you get in contact with a local delegate they may even point you in the right direction.


Sixth, Hang in there and you’ll get your start

Most mining companies are large corporations and often move very slowly, they do not understanding that you wanted a job yesterday.  So, do what you can, be persistent, follow all of the above, but understand it may not happen overnight.  Saying this don’t lose hope because your first try reaped no rewards, follow up, try again and stick with it, if you follow the above you will eventually get a job in the mines.


Seventh, If this all sounds like to much work…

Maybe you should forget about getting a job in the mines.

We get contacted all the time from people wanting it all handed to them on a silver plate and it just doesn’t work that way.  Everything worth while takes time, effort and sacrifice, getting a job in the mines is no different.  It’s not all sunshine and lollipops out there, it’s hot or cold, dirty, long days and often you are away from your family. Workers who are willing to take the rein’s themselves often do the best, so it probably want work for you if you aren’t in to putting your shoulder to the wheel.

For the rest of you, Good Luck and shout out if we can help.


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work. 

Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine / NYPL Digital Gallery


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