How to Start a Successful Career in Mining

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Do you fancy a career in the mining industry? It certainly is a very exciting and rewarding career choice but it is also one that is rather dangerous. If you want to become a miner you will need all sorts of training and certifications since you will be placed in highly technical situations where your expertise will be needed.

If you have all the training and experience you need, now is the best time to start since the industry is experiencing a boom like it has never before. All systems are on the go and they are running on a limited workforce; if you have the background and experience that is necessary for the mining industry then you should be a shoo-in.

However, if you are totally green (i.e. you have no experience whatsoever) you may need a little bit more training and know-how before you get a foot in the door. Do not worry about running out of time, this boom the mining industry is experiencing is expected to last decades so you have the time to get all the qualifications and credentials you need.

Physical requirements

Whether you are mining for coal or some other mineral it stands that you should be in excellent shape. The reason for this is you will be hauling heavy loads or using heavy machines day in and day out and working in dark conditions where you need to be alert at all times. There is not much room for error when you are digging hundreds of miles beneath the earth.  If you have asthma or claustrophobia then you may not do well as a miner and should reconsider other options.How to Start a Successful Career in Mining

Required classroom qualifications

Don’t think that all you need is a strong back and sturdy legs; to become a miner you will need to obtain the necessary education and this includes completing a course that has been approved by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. Fresh miners need to complete a minimum of 40 hours instruction broken down into:

  • 32 hours in the classroom
  • 8 hours in the mine

For surface miners it is 24 hours of instruction and the breakdown is as follows:

  • 16 hours in the classroom
  • 8 hours in the mine

*additional task training will be given for each and every task that has not been performed in 12 months. They will serve as refresher courses to make sure all skills are up to date.

Apprenticeship

The next step is to work as an apprentice for a seasoned miner. The reason for this is you need to be supervised before you are cleared to work on your own. This will take at least 6 months (longer in some countries and states.)

Certification

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Once you are done with apprenticeship the next step is to go in for certification so you can work on your own and get the big bucks. There are different certifications for each type of mining job and requirements vary from each state. It is a lot of hard work but with a median salary of around $62, 620 per year, it’s a pretty sweet deal.

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