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
how to operate and maintain machinery
new technology and ways to process materials.
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.
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.
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.
Mine and quarry managers need to be :
mature and responsible
safety-conscious and able to remain calm in emergencies
skilled at business and management processes
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.
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.