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Not everyone is cut out for a supervisory role in an
underground coal mine, so remuneration tends to be generous
So, you're interested in working in an underground coal mine…
Australia's mining boom is showing no signs of losing steam any time
soon. The industry therefore offers plenty of lucrative opportunities
for career advancement.
If you're relatively new to the industry but interested in moving to
more supervisory roles such as a mine supervisor, team leader or
deputy, TAFE's Diploma
of Underground Coal Mining Management is an ideal start. There
are no formal entry requirements, however, while studying for this
qualification you will need to be employed in an underground mine
operation, or have authorised access to one. Previous experience in
the mining industry will also give you a boost. And don't worry, you
can study online from your mine. You don't need to be close to a Campus.
Obvious desirable personal qualities here include good leadership
skills and the ability to motivate and inspire others. You'll need to
be responsible and reliable with good communication skills and a
strong awareness of occupational health and safety policies and
procedures. And no claustrophobia, of course, as you'll be spending
lengthy periods of time in the earth's crust.
This qualification will provide you with the necessary training to
perform a broad range of activities such as supporting underground
shotfiring operations (including supervising the storage and transport
of explosives and accessories and conducting the blast), carrying out
equipment maintenance, applying and monitoring the mine transport
system and gas drainage and ventilation management plans and
conducting shuttle car operations.
Not everyone is cut out for a supervisory role in an underground coal
mine, so remuneration tends to be generous. If you're willing to take
on the unique and particular challenges of this kind of role, you'll
find it an exciting and rewarding career development.
Underground mining operations are always in need of skilled
tradespersons. With a continuing need for trade concreters, consider
entering into an Australian Apprenticeship, or becoming a dual-tradie
by completing the Certificate
III in Concreting.
of Attainment in Enter and Work in Confined Spaces