Kaiwhakahaere Huke Kōwaro
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Mine and quarry managers plan, organise and co-ordinate activities involved in removing and processing materials in a quarry or mine. They are usually responsible for all activities on a work site including production, maintenance and transport.
Mine and quarry managers usually earn
$100K-$210K per year
Source: Hays, '2014 Hays Salary Guide', 2014.
Pay for mine and quarry managers varies widely depending on the size of the operation, the type of material being extracted, and the number of staff employed.
- Quarry managers earn between $100,000 and $155,000 a year.
- Mine managers earn between $130,000 and $210,000.
Source: Hays, '2014 Hays Salary Guide', 2014.
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What you will do
Mine and quarry managers may do some or all of the following:
- plan future production of a quarry or mine
- oversee quarrying or tunnelling
- check the quality of the stone, rocks or minerals that are removed
- hire staff and organise their training and equipment
- ensure all relevant laws, regulations and codes of practice are followed, including safety inspections
- monitor the environmental impact of the operation
- oversee budgets, accounts and sales
- liaise and negotiate with suppliers, contractors, clients, shareholders and corporate managers.
Skills and knowledge
Mine and quarry managers need to have:
- knowledge of customer requirements for quarry or mine products
- knowledge of relevant legislation including health and safety
- knowledge of all aspects of the quarrying or mining industry, including methods and equipment
- knowledge of how to test products for quality and size
- knowledge of industry training
- practical skills to operate and maintain machinery
- the ability to keep up to date with production methods and technology.
Mine and quarry managers:
- usually work between eight and 10 hours a day, and may also be required to work weekends, evenings and be on call
- work in mines or quarries, and offices
- work in noisy, dangerous conditions due to falling rocks, explosions, chemicals and heavy machinery
- travel within the mine or quarry to inspect and monitor worksites.
What's the job really like?
Kevin Pattinson - Mine Manager
How hard was it to get qualified?
"It took a while to get through all the training, mainly because I was working in mining full time while doing it. There are a lot of exams to sit, some involving mining, others in subjects like surveying, geology, theoretical mechanics and maths."
How much of your job is mining?
"There's a lot involved in managing a mine. You need things like financial and planning skills, but because your people are so important, good communication and people skills are essential.
"A lot of day-to-day allocation of men and operations is managed by the under-manager (assistant manager). The mine manager looks beyond 'What are we doing today?', and has to ask 'What are we doing one month, two months or five years from now?'"
What do you find most satisfying?
"It's more than just producing coal. There's a lot of challenges involved and that's what I like about it. You're faced with obstacles and have to work out how to overcome them by problem-solving and drawing on the vast expertise that mine companies usually have. Working with people to get the results – that's what I like about the job."
To become a mine or quarry manager you need extensive quarrying or mining experience. You also need to pass an oral examination to get an Extractives Certificate of Competence from WorkSafe New Zealand, and you may be expected to have an A or B Grade Quarry Manager Certificate (or equivalent).
Some workplaces offer cadetships and training to assist workers in completing mine or quarry manager qualifications.
Useful subjects for mine or quarry managers include NCEA Level 1 or 2 English and maths.
Mine and quarry managers need to be:
- good leaders
- mature and responsible
- skilled at business and management processes
- excellent communicators.
Mining or quarrying industry experience is essential for mine and quarry managers because you need extensive knowledge and experience of the operations. A background in mine engineering, surveying or mine supervision may be particularly helpful for mine managers.
Other useful experience includes:
- driving trucks or heavy equipment
- operating or repairing machinery
- any work at a mine
Experience of accounting, finance or management may also be useful.
Mine and quarry managers need to be reasonably fit because they often work on-site in quarries or mines, and conditions can be physically demanding.
Find out more about training
- 0800 88 21 21 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.mito.org.nz
- Worksafe New Zealand
- 0800 030 040 - email@example.com - www.business.govt.nz/worksafe
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What are the chances of getting a job?
Few opportunities for mine managers
Opportunities for mine managers in New Zealand have declined due to:
- poor prices for coal and gold
- closure of some mines and a major coal mining company.
However, mining tends to be a cyclical industry, and some opportunities for mine managers may result from the exploration of new gold mining sites.
Increased demand for quarry managers
Spending on major infrastructure projects has increased demand for quarry managers.
Small and large businesses employ mine and quarry managers
Mine and quarry managers work for a variety of businesses. These range from small, two-person enterprises to large opencast (above ground) mines that employ hundreds of staff.
Major employers of mine managers in New Zealand include Bathurst Resources Limited (coal mining) and Oceana Gold Limited (gold mining).
- Aggregate & Quarry Association of New Zealand website, accessed October 2015, (www.aqa.org.nz).
- Hartley, S, 'Patient Optimists Hunker Down', Otago Daily Times, September 2015, (www.odt.co.nz).
- Hays, 'Hays 2014 Salary Guide', 2014, (www.hays.net.nz).
- MITO, 'Investment Plan 2014', accessed October 2015 (www.mito.org.nz).
- Ravensdown website, acessed October 2015, (www.ravensdown.co.nz).
- Solid Energy, 'Continuous Disclosure', accessed October 2015, (www.solidenergy.co.nz).
Progression and specialisations
Many mine and quarry managers work their way up through a company and can progress to become:
- members of boards of directors
- corporate managers in human resources, finance or communications departments, for example.
They usually specialise as one of the following:
- Mine Manager
- Mine managers plan, organise and co-ordinate activities in a mine.
- Quarry Manager
- Quarry managers plan, organise and co-ordinate activities involved in removing and processing stones, rocks and minerals from a quarry.
Last updated 12 June 2017