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Why Every Young Australian Should Consider Our 'Essentials of Mining' Course

by Tenzing Tsewang



If you're assessing your options after high school, you have a lot to consider. However, have you ever considered an exciting career in Australia's booming mining industry? Here, we look closer at the subject and how Wandr courses can help you sample life in the many roles available.

Hi there, future industry leaders! If you're about to leave school and you're pondering your next big move, it's worth giving some thought to joining Australia's exciting mining industry. Don't worry, it's not just about digging and getting your hands dirty - in fact, it's a multi-faceted sector that's worth a staggering $455bn a year!

So, whether you're into engineering or are mad for geology, there's likely a fulfilling, well-paid job for you. Why should you care, and what makes it different from other industries out there? Well, first off, the pay - as you'll find out by reading on - is better than average. Plus, job security is solid.

It's also a tech-savvy, environmentally responsible industry that's evolving with the times, and they're looking for people just like you. That's why graduate schemes and apprenticeships are available to school leavers that let you get your foot in the door.

Even as the world moves towards renewable energy, the demand for resources like iron ore, coal and rare metals continues to rise, meaning Australia's mining industry is still going strong. So, why not consider jumping in now and grabbing a piece of the action?

A Whole Heap of Interesting & Exciting Jobs Available in Mining

The jobs in the mining industry are as diverse as the array of minerals workers in this sector pull out of the ground every year. It's so much more than just digging up rocks, with the operations involved appealing to a wide range of interests and skill sets. Here are just five of them!

Mining Engineer

What's Involved: As a mining engineer, you're the brains behind the operation, responsible for planning, designing, and overseeing mining projects that provide us with natural resources - like copper, iron, gold, silver and coal - used in everyday necessities like clothing and housing.

Why It's Cool: You get to use state-of-the-art technology and engineering principles to extract valuable resources safely and efficiently while earning $150k per year!

Blasting crew

What's Involved: Being part of a blasting crew means you're in charge of setting up and detonating explosives to break up rock formations. You'll be loading explosives in blast holes, connecting electrical wires and fuses to plastic machines for detonation.

Why It's Cool: Imagine getting paid to make things go boom! It's a high-adrenaline job that's crucial for the mining operation. Plus, you'll be trained in handling explosives safely and be paid an average of $185k per year for your work.


What's Involved: As a highly skilled surveyor, you'll map out mining areas, ensuring precise and efficient excavation. You'll carry out risk assessments and environmental impact assessments on sites to ensure that proposed plans are viable. 

Why It's Cool: You get to blend the high-tech world with outdoor work, using gadgets like drones and GPS to create accurate schedules. Your work lays the foundation for the entire mining project, and the pay's not too shabby either, offering $130k-$170k per year.

Heavy Equipment Operator

What's Involved: In this role, you'll be at the controls of the hydraulic and motor-driven heavy machinery that actually extracts resources from the earth before loading them onto shuttle cars and conveyors as part of a continuous process. We're talking heavy-duty excavators and dump trucks!

Why It's Cool: If you loved playing with toy trucks as a kid, this is your chance to drive the grown-up version for real. Plus, you get paid well for it, at around $102k per year.

Supply Chain Analyst

What's Involved: It's not all outdoor work in mining, but as a supply chain analyst, you will still get to wear a hard hat from time to time. You'll manage the flow of materials ensuring that everything runs on time and within budget.

Why It's Cool: You're essentially the backbone of the whole operation, making sure everything clicks into place. Without you, everything would grind to a halt, and that's reflected in an average salary of $110k per year.

So, if you're keen on a job that offers more than just a paycheck, Australia's mining industry has got plenty of opportunities waiting for you. It's about going out there and seizing them.

Want to Get a Closer Look at Australia's Mining Industry?

We think you'll agree that these are not your ordinary jobs and the pay on offer is more than solid, right? So, the next question is - how can you tell if it's an industry that suits you, your personality and your abilities? Well, that's where the Wandr Career Kickstarter course in mining comes in!

This 4-hour flexible study course lets you explore the mining industry, and at the end, you get a Credly-approved certificate to show for it. At just $15 per week, you can get an authentic feel for whether you would thrive in this popular sector and enjoy its rich rewards.

Rather than committing years of your life and thousands of dollars on a hunch, you can base your career decision on facts, not fiction. The insight provided by this course lets you know you're on the right track.

Find out more by signing up here.

Finding a Career Path Can Be Tough

At Wandr, we know how tough it can be to decide on a career path when there are so many choices.

Your schoolmates may have a clear idea of what they're going to do, making you feel directionless and stressed. Don't worry, as we've got your back. Our platform has been created so you can explore a range of different fields without having to commit to any of them.

If mining isn't your vibe, we've got thousands of courses covering various industries, from beauty and makeup to aged care. Our training lets you get up close and personal to see what you're best suited to, whether that's fashion, photography or social media influencing! There's even expert mentoring available from real-world pros if you need it!

Wandr - A Stress-Free Way to Find Your Career Path

With Wandr to guide you, you can leave high school knowing your ideal career path. You can dip into our interactive, video-led training whenever you want via your mobile and make this big decision on your terms, without the usual stress. With 1000s of topics covered, you get all the insight you need to find your way to a stimulating and enjoyable career.
To find out more about us and the benefits of our discovery and learning platform, take a moment to browse our site - www.wandr.au. Alternatively, why not have a chat with our friendly team by calling 1300 611 404 or emailing support@wandr.au? They'll be happy to give you the advice you need.

by Tenzing Tsewang



If you're assessing your options after high school, you have a lot to consider. However, have you ever considered an exciting career in Australia's booming mining industry? Here, we look closer at the subject and how Wandr courses can help you sample life in the many roles available.

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