How to Get a Job in a Coal Mine

How to Get a Job in a Coal Mine

The mining boom here in Australia shows no signs of slowing down. Despite a tough few years of travel and work restrictions, the mining industry has continued to grow, with plenty of jobs available for those interested in switching or evolving their career.


Working on the mines, either underground or as a Surface Coal Operator, is not for everyone. This has resulted in tempting career opportunities and competitive remunerations for anyone qualified and interested in diving into the lucrative world of mining.


Learn more about how to get a job in a coal mine, and how Training and Alliance Group (TAG) can help you succeed in your chosen career

What is a Surface Coal Operator? 

As opposed to working underground, many roles currently available in mining are focused on the surface extraction of coal. Those employees working as fitters, production operators, or trainers above ground are known as Surface Coal Operators, carrying out vital roles within a larger team.


Surface mining refers to coal extraction that’s less than 200 feet underground, where large-scale equipment is used to remove rocks and soil to expose the coal beneath. Certain environments like mountainous regions require dynamite to clear away the rocky layers of earth. 

Find a quality Surface Extraction Operation Course

In today’s competitive job environment, the most direct way to get the mining job you want is through completing a relevant course of study. Current job availability in WA conveys the value of studying a Surface Extraction Operation Course, where practical training aspects are combined with classroom sessions for a practical, thorough knowledge base.


A comprehensive course in this field is the RII30120 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations operated by MTACS – RTO 52053, where successful applicants can find a well-remunerated role as a Quarry Mobile Plant Operator or Mineral Processing Technician, as well as a Surface Coal Operator.


The majority of roles on a coal mine require a broad range of skill sets across multiple applications, making this specialist course in open cut mining or quarrying the ideal field of study for learning all about the services, equipment, and contingency measures required for a successful coal mine career. 

Benefits of a coal mine career

The Record of Results and accompanying Certificate from completing a Surface Extraction Operation Course can be your ticket into the lucrative mining industry. Whether your goal is to specialise as a Plant Operator or step into Management, the remuneration and long-term opportunities make working as a Surface Coal Operator a tempting career prospect.


If you have never considered working your way up the management ladder, the tough workscape of mining may be just the ticket for a qualified, hard working individual like you who’s ready to put those leadership skills to use. 

Build your career today with TAG

Extensive experience helping students from a wide range of backgrounds achieve their work goals has made TAG a knowledgeable provider of employment services and specialist training opportunities. 

Simply register your interest for the course here and a friendly member of Training Alliance Group will get in touch about getting started, or contact us today to discuss any queries about becoming a Surface Coal Operator.