Underground Mining Jobs, land one and there is a good chance you will score a even time FIFO roster? Great money and have plenty of time on R&R to spend with your family. Sounds awesome! Here’s the trouble – These have always been highly sort after positions, maybe a little more so now everyone’s talking about mining jobs and the money that comes with them. Often it takes a lot of time and effort to land one of these lucrative underground mining jobs, so we went looking for and found away to speed up the process. The question is… Is an underground mining job worth paying for?
The Slow Option
Work your way up through smaller contracting companies, gaining experience and the necessary tickets and qualifications. Giving yourself a good name in relation to safe working practices, work ethic, experience and qualifications. As your working and meeting new faces some of these people may be the help you need. I have personally done it this way in my field as a Lecky/Instro, by breaking into construction and then breaking into shut downs but this can take a couple of years so why not fast track it a little.
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The Guaranteed Start Option for Underground Mining Jobs
There is one standout option for this and it provides you with a guaranteed start after the course is finished.
Mastermyne in Mackay QLD runs a four week long course that provides you with a start for underground mining jobs in the Bowen Basin. The course has a $1650 non-refundable registration fee and a $12100 course fee which is later salary sacrificed back to Mastermyne over a 46 week period. That’s about $263 per week once you are getting paid. Salary sacrificing means it will come out of your pay before the tax man sees it, doesn’t that put a smile on your face! Everything you will need for your start is covered in this course, including the Standard 11 inductions.
iMINCO runs a similar sort of course but doesn’t go into nearly as much depth. The three day course covers everything you will need to know to successfully work in an underground mine at a fraction of the cost, $1999 Full Work Ready Program. After completion of the course you are put on a 180 day placement program with some highly reputable industry based recruitment agencies. This is not a guaranteed start directly to the main contracting companies, it is purely a handy foot in the door for underground mining jobs.
Is it Worth Paying?
In my view this is potentially a pretty good deal if your circumstance allow for it. Pay some cash up front, get your qualifications, a foot in, meet some industry contacts and get on the big bucks sooner. At first glance the training can look bloody expensive, but your first pay check will look bloody good too.
Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide. Like most things in life, there are no guarantees. Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.
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