Mine/​Quarry Manager
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
3d ago

Pay for mine and quarry managers varies depending on location and how many staff they manage.

  • Quarry managers usually earn between $100,000 and $155,000 a year.
  • Mine managers usually earn between $130,000 and $210,000.
  • Source : MITO, 2018; and Minex National Health and Safety Council, 2018.

    This information is a guide only. )

    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 rocks or minerals
  • hire and train staff
  • ensure all relevant laws, regulations and codes of practice are followed, including safety inspections
  • monitor the environmental impact of the mining or quarrying 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 :

  • different mining or quarrying methods
  • mining and quarrying materials such as coal, rocks and oil
  • how to handle explosives and blasting
  • mechanical skills to diagnose faults and carry out basic repairs
  • health and safety, and environment legislation
  • product quality testing
  • industry training
  • how to operate and maintain machinery
  • new technology and ways to process materials.
  • Working conditions

    Mine and quarry managers :

  • often work long hours and usually do shift work, including nights, weekends and being on call
  • work in conditions that are dangerous, noisy and dirty
  • may work in cramped or confined conditions in underground mines, or varied weather conditions in opencast mines and quarries.
  • Entry requirements

    To become a mine or quarry manager you need to have :

  • extensive quarrying or mining experience
  • an Extractives Certificate of Competence from WorkSafe New Zealand.
  • Secondary education

    There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a mine or quarry manager. However, construction and mechanical technologies, geography, mathematics and physical education are useful.

    Personal requirements

    Mine and quarry managers need to be :

  • good leaders
  • mature and responsible
  • well-organised
  • safety-conscious and able to remain calm in emergencies
  • skilled at business and management processes
  • excellent communicators.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for mine and quarry managers includes :

  • mine and quarry work
  • engineering or surveying work
  • supervision or management experience
  • heavy vehicle and earthmoving experience
  • accounting and finance management
  • operating or repairing machinery.
  • Physical requirements

    Mine and quarry managers need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong as they may check and repair heavy equipment.

    Mine managers must pass a physical examination every six months.

    Mine and quarry managers may also be required to do regular drug and alcohol tests.

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