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.
Training time 6 months - 1 year
Average pay $116,609
Employment prospects Poor
Employment size 1,400

What does a Miner do?

  • 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


  • Bogger Operator
  • Coal Cutter
  • Dragline Operator
  • Opal Miner
  • Underground Truck Operator

Related courses

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol
Certificate IV in Surface Extraction Operations
Certificate II in Surface Extraction Operations
Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations
Certificate III in Underground Metalliferous Mining
Conduct Lifting Operations
Conduct Secondary Blasting
Enter and Work in Confined Spaces
Supervise Work in Confined Spaces