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.

Duties and tasks

  • Looking after the safety of other miners
  • Monitoring the use of mining equipment and making minor repairs and adjustments as needed
  • Opening new shafts and tunnels within mines
  • Operating mining equipment
  • Using dynamite and other explosives to open up new spaces for mineral extraction
  • Working in underground mines to extract metals, minerals, and ores
  • Working on the surface of mines to extract metals, minerals, and ores

Skills required

  • Ability to instruct and work with others
  • Ability to manipulate and control dials, switches, and gauges
  • Active listening
  • Oral communication skills
  • Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking

Working conditions

Miners usually work in "in the field" settings. These may be underground mines or mines above ground or on the surfaces or sides of mountains. They may also operate mining equipment at a distance from mines.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Mining and Exploration Companies
Australian Drilling Industry Association
Minerals Council of Australia
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

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