Mining is one of the most important industries of Australia. There are large amounts of employment opportunities available with Australian mining companies. The mining companies in Australia perform a variety of functions from exploration and mining of the minerals to their processing and export. In the recent months, there has been an unprecedented growth in the global demand for minerals. This has made the mining companies to expand their operations. Thus, a large number of new employment opportunities have come up in the recent times. The mining employment includes a wide variety of roles such as laborers and miners.
Laborers are in high demand at the mines because they are central to all the mining operations. They perform a wide variety of tasks in the construction, repair, and maintenance of the mines. Laborers operate various machines on site; assist other workers in extracting geological materials, using hand tools as well as specialized equipments. Laborers also help craft workers, such as drillers, blasters and explosives workers in extracting minerals. They monitor the mine operations during the extraction process. They may also be required to supply equipment to specialized operators and clean the work areas. They even collect the valuable extracted earth materials using hand tools and testing devices.
The operation of specialist equipments to excavate, loading and transporting minerals in the underground and open-cut mines is done by miners. Airleg miners, jumbo drill operators, continuous mining machine operators, long-hole drill operators, long wall miners, development machine miners and bogger operators are just few of the specialized miners.