Careers in mining

Mining employs skilled people

A range of professions and trades are basic to minerals exploration and mining:

  • Geology, geochemistry and geophysics
  • Metallurgy and process engineering
  • Mining and geotechnical engineering
  • Health and safety, and risk management
  • Environmental management
  • Business, accounting and finance
  • Law, planning, and regulatory processes and policy
  • Communications and stakeholder engagement
Mining trades include:
  • The operation of vehicles and machinery
  • Earthworks and tunnelling
  • Processing of mineral ore and waste rock
  • Electrical and mechanical work
  • Plumbing and ventilation
  • Explosives and hazardous chemicals
  • Freshwater management and treatment
  • Site rehabilitation

Labour in the industry is sourced from a global market, including New Zealand. Because of the skill levels, education and training are essential, before employment, and on the job.

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