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Electrician in mining

Mining Electrician Jobs.

Is your next career a move to the mines?

Mining, as an industry, has remained on a fairly compelling growth path over the last 20 years. The 2019-2020 financial year saw mining take the crown as the No.1 contributor to the Australian economy, boasting a 10.4% share of GDP*, which is around $200M, and experienced growth of 4.9%.  

In a year where the world has been bought to its’ knees as a result of covid-19, the mining industry, here in Australia, has been a pillar of stability. Demand for skilled workers wanting to work in the mines will always exist. But one trade that doesn’t get much airtime, is mining electricians.

A sparky’s role in the mines can be hugely rewarding

An electrician in the mines is usually there at the very start of a mine being commissioned, right through to when the final curtain is drawn and the mine is wound up. Services are needed across all areas of the mine; above and below ground to the accommodation and recreational areas. Electricians are responsible for installing and maintaining all the electrical systems on-site, and given the huge reliance on process automation and the constant need for an electrical supply, it’s easy to see why this is a critical role.

So, what can you expect to be doing?

Day to day duties can be hugely varied and one of the reasons an electrician’s role in a mine is so appealing. Duties generally revolve around inspecting, isolating, trouble-shooting and repairing electrical equipment and systems – often specialised – to keep power and operations running smoothly,24/7.

More specifically, you can expect to be:

  • Inspecting, conducting and carrying out repairs and routine maintenance of circuit boards, pump and machine starters
  • Interpreting schematic drawings and circuit diagrams to build, trouble-shoot and repair
  • Maintaining lighting, switches and electrical equipment in safe working order
  • Planning and Installing wiring and circuits for extensions and additions to work sites
  • Carrying out electrical fitting, high voltage switching and electronics
  • Maintaining communications systems
  • Ensuring safe work environments
  • Connecting cables to circuit breakers, transformers, motors, heaters etc.
  • Testing and tagging new machinery, repaired equipment and circuits.
  • Connecting all the systems to power supplies
  • Maintaining records and writing reports on outages, efficiency and equipment productivity

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Is there a catch to a job in the mines?

With average salaries for mining electricians ranging between $90,000 and $200,000, it can be a lucrative career choice. But there’s, of course, a catch! The demands of a life on the mines and the Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) rosters can be pretty tough going with l12 hour days, 7 days a week – often alternating between day and nightshifts.

Accommodation and facilities are usually good but probably wouldn’t earn themselves a 5* rating. And then there’s the environment. Think hot, humid and dusty with a seemingly relentless swarm of flies. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted.

What do you need to do to bag an electricians job on a mine?

Maybe you have just finished that all important apprenticeship. Or maybe you’ve racked up a fair few years’ experience as an electrician and are now looking at mining as your next career move. Whatever the reason, securing a job on-site can be tough as you’ll be up against a lot of competition.

Here’s some of the likely things employers are looking for that will keep you in the running:

  • An Unrestricted ElectricalLicense, recognised by the Government, to work in the mines.
  • A further qualification in Hazardous Areas and Instrumentation, and in many cases, High Voltage Switching
  • Extra training and certificates in electrical instrumentation, automation and process control would be useful. There are many private RTO’s out there that offer specialist (inc. mining) courses and training.
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To shine in your mining electrician job hunting

To stand out in the crowd of applicants, make sure you have some / all of the following tickets;

  • Working at heights; Working in confined spaces.
  • Blue card and other first aid tickets; general to electrical specific.
  • Driver’s License as standard but also 4WD Training is worth considering.
  • A National Police check is really important, you'll need to either have one that is less than 6months old, or be willing to get one during the early stages of application process.

Some extra tips

Check-in with any industry contacts you have or even contact HR departments to ask what qualifications, tickets and experience they’re specifically looking for. And then do your research on RTO’s in your area to make sure you’ll get a reputable accreditation after you’ve sank your hard earned dollars into building your mining-ready CV.

Mines are tough places to work but also hugely rewarding. And for an electrician, mines can offer a real variety of work – both general and specialist. It’s a critical role in keeping operations running smoothly and as such, will always be in high demand. Is this your next move?

For more information on a career in mining or the current job vacancies available at Pit N Portal, visit our auto electrician jobs page

Electrician career in mining