Entry Level Jobs In Canada Mining


Jobs in Mining


Entry Level Jobs 
These jobs require little or no previous experience. On-the-job training may be required for some of these jobs. You must be able to read and write, though some require at least a Grade 12 level of education.


  1. Labourer loads, moves, cleans up, etc.
  2. Janitor/Dryman keeps the mine clean
  3. Blast Helper helps load explosives into drill holes, makes sure everything is safe before blasting
  4. Driller's Assistant helps operate/move the drill, handles drill core
  5. Equipment Operator drives dozers, graders, loaders, trucks, etc.
  6. Geophysical Asst. operates geophysical equipment, records data
  7. Mechanic's Helper helps clean, oil, test, and fix equipment
  8. Electrician's Helper helps run wires, check & fix electrical equipment
  9. Surveyor's Helper holds stakes & rods, carries equipment
  10. Crusher Operator runs the controls setting the amount of rock going into the crushers
  11. Sampler collects ore samples for testing
  12. Grinding Operator runs the equipment which does the rock crushing
  13. Flotation Operator runs the tanks which mix chemicals into crushed rock and water
  14. Reagent Operator works with a machine that mixes chemicals into tanks filled with powdered rock and water
  15. Dewatering Operator runs the filter that gets water out of crushed rock before shipping
  16. Cook's Helper helps prepare and serve food
  17. Warehouse Person works in warehouse, stocking inventory
  18. Click Auxiliary and Support Staff to view job listing examples from the InfoMine Careers Database.





Skilled Jobs 
These jobs require that you be able to read and have previous mining experience and may require some training / certification.


  1. Driller drills holes into rock to get core samples for geologists to look at
  2. Blast Hole Driller drills holes into rock for blasting
  3. Blaster decides how many holes and how deep to drill, packs explosives into holes, makes sure everything is safe before blasting
  4. Click Trade and Skilled Jobs to view job listing examples from the InfoMine Careers Database.





Apprenticeship Trades Jobs 
These jobs require that you be a journeyman or certified trades person.


  1. Carpenter builds and repairs buildings
  2. Cook cooks meals for workers
  3. Electrician installs, fixes electrical equipment
  4. Mechanic fixes machinery
  5. Machinist makes, fixes equipment parts
  6. Plumber installs, fixes water pipes and fixtures
  7. Steamfitter/Pipefitter puts steam and water pipes together
  8. Welder welds metal together to make/fix equipment
  9. Millwright installs and repairs mill machinery
  10. Crusher Operator runs the controls setting the amount of rock going into the crushers


Office Jobs 
For these jobs you must have at least a Grade 12 education and have some training or experience.

Mine Clerk keeps mine records, time sheets, etc.
Accounts Clerk works in payroll and costing
Secretary does word processing, records mail, files, and makes appointments

Technical Jobs 
These jobs need a technical college diploma. Generally, these are one or two year programs


  1. Mining Technician helps mining engineer with underground surveys, plans where to mine, figures out how much mineral is left
  2. Environmental Technician makes sure environmental rules are followed
  3. Engineering Technician makes drawings of machines, buildings, systems, helps keep them working
  4. Click Technician or Environmental to view job listing examples from the InfoMine Careers Database.



 Semi-Professional Jobs 
These jobs require a college diploma. Technology programs are generally two to four years in length.


  1. Mill Maintenance Foreman makes sure mill equipment is maintained in good working order
  2. Electrical Foreman supervises electrical workers, trains them
  3. Mine Foreman supervises mine workers, makes daily work plans, trains workers
  4. Mill Foreman supervises mill workers, makes daily work plans, trains workers
  5. Safety Officer ensures healthy working conditions, sets safety rules
  6. Warehouse Supervisor keeps warehouse in order, keeps records of materials stocked


Professional Jobs 
These jobs require you have a university degree.


  1. Geologist explores for ore bodies, advises whether to mine and where ore is to be found in mine
  2. Mechanical Engineer designs new machinery
  3. Mining Engineer decides on best way to get ore out of ground, helps to design whole mining operation
  4. Environmental Engineer ensures that mine wastes are safely disposed of and prepares plans for dealing with emergencies
  5. Accountant keeps financial records
  6. Nurse tends to injuries, ensures safe, healthy work environment
  7. Manager of Training plans, teaches training courses
  8. Human Resources Manager recruits, hires, plans what workers are needed, pay levels and training, and hires workers
  9. Materials Manager decides what supplies are needed
  10. General Manager makes sure everything in the whole business is running as best it can





Jobs Serving the Mining Industry 
There are many other jobs that are associated with the mining industry. A lot of companies sub-contract out different parts of the mining process. You can create your own opportunities by providing goods and services to the industry. Some examples of jobs related to mining are:


  1. Prospecting
  2. Maintenance
  3. Camp Construction
  4. Expediting
  5. Staking Claims
  6. Security
  7. Line cutting
  8. Trucking
  9. Geophysical Surveying
  10. Sampling
  11. Supplying Food
  12. Trenching
  13. Camp Management
  14. Cooking
  15. Diamond Drilling
  16. Remote Communications
  17. Airplane Passenger and Freight Handling
  18. Road and Airport Building and Maintenance
  19. Supplying Construction Materials
  20. Equipment Rental
  21. Making Special Clothing or Equipment