Mining managers are responsible for planning, organizing and supervising the activities of a mine. They are responsible for planning future mine production, overseeing the development and tunnelling of the mine, checking the quality of stone, rock and minerals and also inspecting the mine for danger. Mine managers also carry out generic management duties such as hiring staff, organizing staff training, overseeing financial administration, liaising and negotiating with suppliers, contractors, and other stakeholders. They also ensure that the occupation health and safety guidelines are followed, which includes planning and overseeing maintenance of the mine and developing emergency response plans.
Mine managers work in the mines and offices throughout Western Australia. They often work at mines in remote locations and may need work on a fly-in, fly-out basis. Depending on the type of mine, they may work outside in most weather conditions, or underground in cramped, enclosed spaces. Most mines operate 24 hours a day, so shift work may be required which can include working nights, and on weekends and public holidays. The work can often be dangerous, so strict safety policies must be followed and enforced to minimize risks.
- Mine Manager
- Mine Production Manager
- Mine Superintendent
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- A high level of organizational skills
- To be committed to occupational health and safety
- Strong leadership skills
- Excellent business and financial management skills
- Must complete a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering and need to have 5 years practical mining experience.
- Must hold a First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate of competency to become a mine manager.
Pay scale of a mining production manager ranges between AUD$180,000 – AUD$275,000 per year.