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Miner

Also known as Mining Plant Operator.

Operates plant to excavate, load and transport coal, ore and rock in an underground or open-cut mine. Registration or licensing may be required.


Tasks Include:


  • dismantling, moving and reassembling drilling rigs and accessory plant
  • taking samples of ore, liquids and gases and packaging them
  • performing minor maintenance and repairs, and lubricating and cleaning plant
  • recording performance details and information obtained from wells, and keeping logs detailing operations
  • operating surface and underground mining plant
  • undertaking development work such as opening up new shafts, drives, air vents, rises and crib rooms
  • positioning explosives in bore holes and priming explosives using detonators and explosive cartridges
  • connecting wires, fuses and detonating cords to explosive cartridges and detonators, and detonating explosives
  • monitoring operation of plant and ensuring safety of other workers on mining sites and during drilling operations
Specialisations
  • Bogger Operator
  • Coal Cutter
  • Dragline Operator
  • Opal Miner
  • Underground Truck Operator
Job prospects for Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers in Victoria

Occupations in the Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers group include Driller, Miner and Shot Firer.

Employment prospects
There are currently 2,100 Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively small occupation is expected to grow. Employment prospects for the next five years are good.

Average weekly wage
$1,858.30

Hourly earnings
$43.60

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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