Underground mine service and support workers perform a range of duties related to the operation of orepasses, chutes and conveyor systems.
People in this occupation:
Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 90
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Underground mine service and support workers perform some or all of the following duties:
Underground mine service and support workers work in mines, where it is dark and damp, operating and maintaining ore chutes or conveyor systems and building or repairing underground passages or structures.
Workers may be exposed to potential hazards, including loud noises, potentially harmful chemical substances and large, moving mining equipment. Workplace safety is at the forefront and work sites stick to strict safety regulations, including wearing eye and ear protection, protective clothing with reflective strips, gloves, hard hats and steel toed boots. Safety training and special equipment also aims to minimize risk to workers.
Most people work full time in these occupations. Very few work part time or are self-employed. Rotating shift work is common as mines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A shift may vary from 8–12 hours, depending on the worker's position and the location of the work. Overtime and weekend work may be required.
As mines are often located in remote areas, underground mine service and support workers may be required to travel and live in camps. Since many B.C. mines are near communities, workers who live nearby can return home after their shift.
Source: 2016 Census
Completion of secondary school is usually mandatory.
Other training and requirements may include:
The mining industry constantly adopts new technology and workers must stay current with the equipment they use and associated safety procedures.
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There is good opportunity for individuals in these occupations to move to higher level jobs. With sufficient experience and training, progression to machine operators or supervisors is possible.