Also known as: Underground Miner, Open Cut Miner.

Miners operate equipment to excavate, load and transport coal, ore, mineral, sand and rock, either underground or in open-cut mines. Underground Miners travel down vertical shafts or sloping declines to reach the work face. Open-cut and Surface Miners extract the mineral ore using mining machines, drilling and blasting methods, ripping (e.g. by bulldozer) or dredging.


  • Cut drives into the ore body using pneumatic equipment;
  • Load ore into mine cars or on to conveyors and transport to entrance of mine;
  • Load trucks to transport material to the surface in a decline shaft or load skips to transport material to the surface in vertical shafts;
  • Support the walls and roof in underground mines with rock bolts and erect wooden or steel props, pillars and arches where necessary; and
  • Install vertical shafts and ventilation rises for air circulation in underground mines.

Mine Shift Bosses observe activities in underground and open cut mines to check that safety regulations are met with regard to:

  • Electrical and mechanical equipment;
  • The storage and use of explosives; and
  • The support structure of the mine.

Mine Shift Bosses may perform the following tasks:

  • Regularly inspect mine sites both above and below ground;
  • Ensure that roadways and machinery are in safe condition;
  • Supervise shotfiring; conduct tests to detect the presence of gas and ensure underground ventilation is adequate; and
  • Ensure mine personnel know and are complying with safety regulations and emergency procedures.

Skills Required

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities;
  • Aptitude for mechanical equipment operation;
  • Able to tolerate physically demanding work, including shift work;
  • Willing to work within occupational health and safety rules; and
  • Age limits may apply.



$65,000 - $130,000