Mining Resources and Energy

The Mining, Resources & Energy Industry includes the research, study, extraction and production of natural resources into energy sources or materials needed in products. The mining, resources and energy industry is extremely vital to the daily life and advancement of society. Unfortunately the industry is dependent on the type of available resources found in particular regions and heavily affected by the global economy.

Careers involved in the mining, resources and energy industry are many and include scientists, engineers, geologists, surveyors, drillers, information and communications technology professionals, power plant operators and management teams to name a few. Careers may involve researching and testing land areas for resources and minerals or experimenting with new energy sources. They may work surveying new land areas, in factories or laboratories, or on site of extraction sites as drillers and miners operating drilling rigs and mining sites and equipment to help extract minerals from the ground.

Individuals seeking a career in the energy and resources field should seek science or engineering backgrounds in mineral processing engineering, mining engineering, geophysics and chemical or petroleum engineering. Although careers in the field are dependent on the demand for particular resources, career prospects in the field are strong, as economies are heavily dependent on resources for energy. As more and more companies begin to research and develop renewable energy or green energy sources, the field has potential for growth and innovation. Professionals in the mining, resources and energy industries may need to work various hours and locations depending on their role. If they are involved with extracting resources they may be required to travel to resource-rich locations for significant periods of time.

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Careers in Mining resources and energy

Blasting Workers

Blasting Workers operate a range of surface and underground heavy machinery, mining equipment and explosives to extract and transport materials such as ore, coal and mineral sand and rock.

Boiler Operators

Boiler Operators run, maintain and repair boilers, engines and other mechanical plant equipment used to provide heating, cooling and/or steam for power to operate machinery.

Chemical Gas Petroleum and Power Plant Operators

Chemical, Gas, Petroleum & Power Plant Operators control equipment used in producing chemicals, facilitate the pumping of oil and gas from rigs, cultivate and process petroleum yields, and operate plant equipment to generate electrical power.

Crane Chasers

Crane Chasers is a job title given to a variety of actual positions that include Drilling and Surveying Assistants, Mining Workers and Laggers. These occupations are truly physically demanding as Crane Chasers must be able to rack heavy equipment, set up and break down job sites and perform other tasks including lift heavy loads. Crane Chasers have skills that are highly desirable and necessary to the projects that are being created to improve our communities.

Crane Hoist and Lift Operators

Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators operate heavy equipment that may be stationary or mobile. They move and deliver large objects using cranes, lifts, hoists and wenches to a variety of places including mines, factories, construction sites, shipyards, mills and wherever the object needs to be placed. Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators must use great care and caution while moving products with this massive machinery.

Drillers Miners and Shot Firers

Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers operate and maintain drilling rigs and mines, and help to extract minerals from the ground by setting and detonating explosives. There is a good deal of physical labour involved and it is vital that they perform all safety precautions while on the job.

Engineers Mining

One of the most specialised types of engineers, Mining Engineers direct the engineering aspects of the mining process. They coordinate the finding and extracting of minerals, petroleum, and natural gas.

Gas Plant Operators

Gas Plant Operators perform a variety of tasks related to the successful operation of gas plants. There are close links between the work of gas plant operators and the work of chemical, petroleum, and power plant operators.

Meter Readers

Meter Readers read water, gas and electric meters to ensure proper functioning of operations. They should have strong attention to detail and remain alert to changes in meter levels.


Milliners, also known as hat-makers or hatters, are part of a larger industry group of clothing trades workers. Milliners plan, design, and construct hats. They work with individuals to determine suitable styles and to assist in the purchasing of hats.


Miners extract minerals, metals, and other substances from the earth. They may work in a hands-on capacity underground or on mountains or they may operate machinery from a further distance.

Mining and Drilling Assistants

Mining and Drilling Assistants assist with labour and operations associated with mining and drilling. Physical labour is required and workers should be able to perform safety and health precautions while performing tasks.

Other Construction and Mining Labourers

Other Construction and Mining Labourers refers to members of this unit group that are not elsewhere classified. These Labourers work under the supervision of a manager and typically perform routine tasks involving physical labour.

Plant Operators Earthmoving

Earthmoving Plant Operators operate a variety of earthmoving plant to assist in the construction of dams, railroads, roadways, agricultural earthworks, and treatment plants. Though no formal education is necessary, licensing or registration is required. Earthmoving plant operators sometimes work in physically taxing environments.

Powder Monkeys

Powder Monkeys plan, set and detonate explosives to help to extract minerals from the ground and bulldoze areas or structures. It is vital that they perform all safety precautions while on the job and ensure the safety of those around them.

Shot Firers

Shot Firers work to extract materials from the ground by using explosives. The job involves demolishing buildings and other structures.


Stevedores manually load and unload transportation vehicles, such as large moving vans, railroad cars, and ships. Stevedores use moving equipment to transport items to and from storage facilities.

Professional associations and industry bodies

Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 

Australian Drilling Industry Association Ltd 

Department of Sustainability and Environment (VIC)

Engineers Australia 

Minerals Council of Australia 

NSW Minerals Council 

Queensland Resources Council 

Tasmanian Minerals Council 

The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia Inc

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy Inc

Skills and personality

  • Ability to plan and coordinate people, equipment, services and activities
  • Adherence to safety standards and procedures while mining, drilling or extracting
  • Effective planning and organisational skills to manage operations from beginning stages to completion
  • Effectively use a variety of large-scale machinery and handle potentially hazardous materials
  • Enjoy working on-site locations of extraction and hands-on with materials
  • High attention to detail including accuracy and precision of work
  • Highly innovative to research, study and develop new energy sources and extraction methods
  • Problem solving abilities effectively procuring resources and transporting them to designated locations
  • Specialised knowledge of resources and extraction methods
  • Strong analytical skills to understand and evaluate operations and safety measures