Miner/Quarry Worker Kaimahi Huke Kōwaro

Miners and quarry workers operate machinery, vehicles and equipment to extract and process minerals and rocks.

Miners and quarry workers may do some or all of the following:

  • extract, process and transport minerals or rocks
  • maintain, repair and operate mining or quarrying machinery
  • construct underground tunnels and install ventilation and roof supports
  • prepare and maintain roadways within the work area
  • set fuses and detonate explosives
  • carry out safety checks on air quality, machinery, equipment, vehicles and work areas
  • keep records of hazards.

Physical Requirements

Miners and quarry workers need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong as they work with heavy equipment. Miners must pass a physical examination every six months.

Miners and quarry workers may also be required to undergo regular drug and alcohol tests.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for miners includes:

  • operating machinery
  • driving heavy vehicles
  • work in the construction industry
  • engineering or general labouring.

Personal Qualities

Miners and quarry workers need to be:

  • safety-conscious and able to remain calm in emergencies
  • able to work well under pressure
  • comfortable working underground, and in cramped conditions
  • able to follow instructions, but capable of acting on their own initiative
  • responsible, disciplined and able to work in a team
  • efficient and practical.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for miners includes:

  • operating machinery
  • driving heavy vehicles
  • work in the construction industry
  • engineering or general labouring.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a miner or quarry worker. However maths, construction and mechanical technologies, geography and physical education are useful.

Miner/Quarry Workers can earn around $60K-$80K per year per year.

Miners and quarry workers may progress into jobs in supervision, management and engineering.

Miner/Quarry Worker

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