The Underground Mining Essentials certificate is designed as an entry point into the mining industry. Training is designed for individuals with limited experience, who have a desire to work in the field and gain the fundamental skills to pursue entry level positions in the mining sector. Skills gained in the program are directly transferable to entry-level positions in operations specific to underground mining, open pit mining and sand/gravel quarry mining.
The program consists of 340 hours of instruction and hands on training, with an additional 61 hours of industry certifications delivered over 14 weeks. Classes are held during the day. You will attend lectures, participate in class discussions and complete assignments, quizzes and tests. You will also have opportunities to tour local mines as an introduction to the workplace atmosphere above and below ground.
As a graduate, you will qualify for entry-level positions in underground mining, open pit mining, and sand/gravel quarry sites. Job titles could include, but would not be limited to, haulage crew worker, ore truck driver, mine labourer, prep plant worker, mill worker, nipper, supply service worker, blaster helper, hardrock miner apprentice, powderman/woman helper, and entry-level scooptram operator.
You are expected to have the following safety equipment:
- miner hard hat
- safety glasses
- hearing protection
- hi-visibility vest
- CSA approved safety boots and/or muck boots