What’s hot right now in Australian mining jobs

If you’re a mining professional working in Australia, you won’t be surprised to hear your skills are in high demand.

What we’re beginning to experience, however, are mining skills shortages attached to trades.

As many large projects around the country enter the construction phase, more and more skilled trades people are in demand, too.

Global Shortages

It’s not just Australia feeling the pinch. In a recent article in The Financial Post titled Gold glitters for mining students, other resource rich countries are looking at Australia for leadership on how to solve the skills shortage.

“The job market there is so hot that Australia has loosened its immigration policy to allow more highly skilled mine workers in on short-term visas, a type of reform that Canada is also considering.”

What is becoming more apparent to industry employers is that resources and mining workers are in demand in many different places around the globe.

Australian demand for skills

The Hayes quarterly report on Resources & Mining provides detail about what skills are currently in demand for Australia.

In states where resources and mining projects have been underway, employers are in the early stages of feeling pressure sourcing trades skills.

According to research commissioned by AMMA, this pressure will continue well into 2015.

In places where mining projects are just beginning, professional roles in engineering, geology and metallurgy are most in demand.

Western Australia

  • First Class Mine Managers/Quarry Managers
  • Mine and Exploration Geologists
  • Mining Engineers
  • Surveyors
  • Maintenance Professionals
  • Process Engineers
  • Metallurgists
  • HD Fitters
  • Electricians
  • Drillers
  • Highly skilled Machine Operators


  • Mining engineering
  • Geology – both production and exploration
  • Maintenance planning and scheduling
  • Operators
  • Diesel Fitters

South Australia

  • Mine Engineers (underground, open pit and consulting)
  • Geologists with exploration and/or mine geology backgrounds
  • Senior Mechanical Engineers
  • Drill & Blast Engineers and Supervisors
  • Diesel Fitters
  • Drillers
  • Estimators

New South Wales

  • Mining Engineers
  • Technical Service Managers
  • Metallurgists
  • Maintenance Planners
  • Maintenance Supervisors
  • Mine Surveyors
  • Product Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Experienced Civil and Mechanical Engineers (degree qualified)
  • Civil Supervisors
  • Civil Project Managers


  • Exploration Geologists
  • Mining Engineers
  • Metallurgists
  • Principal Engineers

Northern Territories

  • Design
  • Engineering

The good news for jobseekers is mining companies are beginning to consider candidates that are not a perfect fit.

Employers are putting new emphasis on training candidates and hiring experienced people from different industries.

A jobseeker expressing a desire for long-term employment and the opportunity for career planning within a company is going to be in the best position to acquire a job.

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This post originally featured on the Mining Oil and Gas Jobs blog. Earlier this year Australian Mining named Mining Oil and Gas Jobs as one of the best sources of information for workers looking to get a start in the mining industry.

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