Mine labourers (NOC 8614)

About this job

Mine labourers carry out a variety of labouring duties to assist in the extraction of coal, metal, mineral deposits and ore in support of underground and surface mining.

People in this occupation:

  • essentially support more specialized miners in doing their jobs
  • work for coal, metal and non-metallic mines
  • should have manual dexterity, physical strength and coordination
  • should have good communication skills, basic analytical skills and an ability to read and carry out instructions
  • should be comfortable working independently, under supervision and in team settings
Common job titles
  • chute puller
  • core cutter
  • duster, rock / stone
  • labourer - mining exploration
  • miner / pipeworker
  • pit scaler

Duties

Mine labourers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • assist other mine workers in maintaining and constructing underground installations
  • cleaning underground rooms, roadways, working areas and mining equipment
  • transporting and organize materials and supplies
  • clearing away spills of ore or coal

Work environment

Working as a mine labourer is physically demanding. Those working at surface operations are exposed to all weather conditions and underground miners work in mines where it is dark and damp. Workers may be exposed to potential hazards, including exposure to chemicals used in mining, loud noises and working near large, moving machinery. High-level safety standards ensure that work sites stick to strict safety regulations, including requirements of wearing eye and ear protection, protective clothing with reflectors, gloves, hard hats and steel-toed boots.

Since mines are often located in remote areas, mine labourers may have to travel and live at the mine's camp facilities while working. However, many mines in B.C. are located near communities, allowing workers who live nearby to return home after their shift.

Most mine labourers work full time, however, many do not work year round. These labourers often work more than 40 hours a week. Mines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so workers may have shifts at any time of day.

Insights from industry

According to the latest major projects inventory, a number of new major mining projects are planned in the Thompson/Okanagan, Cariboo and north regions of the province. Since this is a small occupational group, openings from job creation and retirements will be relatively few.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

The mine labourer occupation is an entry level position into the Mining industry. Most senior occupations require experience as a mine labourer, such as underground production and development miners and underground mine service and support workers. Additional training, commonly provided by the mine labourers' place of employment, is required to advance to these professions.

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