A trades assistant in the mining sector is typically an entry level job, where the individual assists the tradesman and is expected to be a jack-of-all-trades. Their job is multi-faceted and encompasses a whole range of tasks in the mine. These jobs include mechanical repairs, operating machinery, using power tools, etc.

However, increasingly, the main responsibility that trades assistants have is related to the execution of 'shutdowns'. In mining, 'shutdowns' are when certain segments of the mine are closed at a time, in order to conduct maintenance, restorations, and enhancements to the various pieces of equipment and machinery. This is an essential function that needs to be carried out, as it helps to ensure the optimal performance and productivity of the mine, through the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the mine's various components. 'Shutdowns' are so crucial to the operation of a mine, that sometimes trades assistants are flown around the country to assist with 'shutdowns' in various locations. Trades assistants play a key role in the day-to-day operations of a mine and help to keep the place running smoothly.

Since trades assistants are expected to perform a variety of tasks, it is beneficial to possess a range of qualifications and certifications to show your flexibility to tackle any task that you are assigned, especially in a safe manner. Some desirable qualifications of a trades assistant include:

  •  A driver's licence

  •  A white card

  •  First aid/CPR training

  •  Confined space and gas testing

  •  Work safely at heights

  •  Elevated work platform

In addition to this, it is also important that trades assistants possess skills and attributes such as:

  •  A good level of fitness

  •  Strong initiative and willingness to work hard

  •  Attention to detail

  •  Good communication skills

  •  Ability to work in a team

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