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How Do I Become a Miner?

Becoming a miner involves acquiring specific skills and qualifications. Start with a high school diploma, then pursue courses in mining technology. Gain experience through internships or entry-level jobs. Safety training is crucial, as is physical fitness. Remember, mining can be challenging but also rewarding.
Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

A miner is a person who operates tools and machinery used to extract minerals or other materials from the earth. If you want to become a miner, you will first need to decide what kind of mining you want to do. You may, for example, want to become a coal miner and work with the machinery specific to that industry, or you may want to become an explosives expert who works in a variety of mining settings. You can also become a miner by earning a commercial driver's license with the applicable endorsements to operate heavy machinery.

While no specific level of education is necessary to become a miner in certain capacities, you may need to earn a high school diploma or even take part in post-secondary training at a college in order to get other mining jobs. You will also need to be at least 18 years old to become a miner in most countries. Once you graduate from high school, you can either apply at a mining company to become an entry-level laborer, or you can get training specific to the industry that will help you get a better paying job in mining.

Large tunnels in a coal mine.
Large tunnels in a coal mine.

If you opt to get job training before you apply for a position, think carefully about what types of mining operations you want to focus on. Some people choose to focus on mine management, while others may focus on explosives; still others may focus on equipment operation, safety, equipment installation, or even machine maintenance. Each area of expertise will require different training specific to that job. You can obtain this training at school, or you can obtain it by taking an entry level laborer position with a mining company and learning the skills through on the job training.

When gold is mined, it must be extracted from its surrounding materials.
When gold is mined, it must be extracted from its surrounding materials.

You can also become a miner by taking a position at a mining company and taking part in an apprenticeship that will teach you more specific skills. During an apprenticeship, you will work with a more experienced miner who has specific experience with a certain type of mining operation. You can apprentice under an equipment operator, a demolition specialist, or even a manager to learn the skills necessary to be successful. Apprenticeships can last anywhere from one to five years depending on the complexity of the area in which you are being trained, and you will probably need to earn specific certifications or licenses during this training time.

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    • Large tunnels in a coal mine.
      By: Aniuszka
      Large tunnels in a coal mine.
    • When gold is mined, it must be extracted from its surrounding materials.
      By: Maksim Shebeko
      When gold is mined, it must be extracted from its surrounding materials.
    • Most miners wear face protection, which may include a respirator.
      By: Kelpfish
      Most miners wear face protection, which may include a respirator.
    • Mining work includes hard physical labor.
      By: chiakto
      Mining work includes hard physical labor.