Miner

Salary/Compensation

The basic salary of a miner is more than P400 (metal ore mining) a day with allowances, including 16th month pay, food allowances, life and accident insurances, free living quarters for their families, and even free use of all sports facilities. Miners who work night shifts also get a night differential. Incidentally, it seems that time wouldn’t be a problem especially working in a mine where daytime and night time is virtually non-existent. In the US, the hourly pay is around US $21.57 in coal, $22.91 in metal ore and $17.74 in non-metallic.

Basic Educational Requirement

A high school diploma may qualify a person for this occupation coupled with on-the-job training provided by the mining company.

Cost of Education *

Most mining companies would require at least a high school diploma in this occupation. High school education would normally range from P25,000—P40,000 per year in private schools and institutions and about P3,000 — P5,000 in public institutions.

Employment Opportunities

Considered as Asia’s third-largest gold producer, the Philippines is also estimated to have the world’s fourth-biggest copper deposits. However, employment opportunities in this industry will depend on foreign investors such as the British and the Australians who are exploring possibilities of investing in the mining industry. The mining industry requires many kinds of workers particularly in construction and extraction, production and material-moving occupations. 
Miners may also be employed in the following industries: Mining and Quarrying and Electricity, Gas and Water Supply.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Many miners begin as laborers or helpers and learn through on-the-job training. Most mining companies also supplement on-the-job training with formal training programs. As Miners gain more experience, they can advance to a higher paying jobs. Jobs are filled on the basis of seniority and ability. Advancement to supervisory position depends on experience, training, and ability to supervise.

Nature of Work

A Miner extracts minerals from an area allocated to him in a specific mine. He is specifically trained to work underground where he personally keeps an eye on the boring of holes in the mineral veins, blasting operations using explosives, safeguarding of the workplace and making inquiries about misfiring of explosives, overseeing the cleaning of the face and conveyance of ore to the surface by means of underground trains and hoisting apparatus.

Tasks

  • Cuts channels under the working face of the mine to make blasting more effective by operating a cutting machine;
  • Drills blasting holes in the working area;
  • Places, charges, and sets off explosives or air charges to break loose the materials;
  • Operates machines which load materials in top mine carts;
  • Shovels the shattered materials into mine cars or onto conveyors;
  • Installs timbers, roof bolts, or other devices to support the walls and roof underground; and
  • Lays track for mine cars or other track mounted equipment.

Skills and Competencies

  • Can perform repetitive tasks;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Can take necessary risks when placing/setting off (detonating) explosives;
  • Able to work within precise standards of accuracy;
  • Able to make decisions using personal judgment and measurable standards;
  • Can work skillfully and easily with one’s hands;
  • Leadership skills to manage workers and maintain good working relationships; and
  • Knowledge of the operation of mining equipment and apparatus such as drilling machines, sledge hammers, conveyors and mine cars, crowbars, picks and shovels, pumps, hand drills, explosives and fuses, and jackhammers.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Physically fit; and
  • Can work without fear of closed or narrow spaces.

* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2010-2011