We need Mine Helpers because they provide valuable assistance and support to various departments at a mine site. By assisting Miners and other operators, they gain first-hand mining industry work experience that can open doors to a long and satisfying career.

What is it Like to Work as a Mine Helper in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Mine Helpers assist with a variety of tasks, which provides valuable experience and the opportunity to learn many new skills. They perform many tasks repeatedly, but are well compensated for their efforts.  Many of their tasks are physically demanding with prolonged periods of standing, bending, crouching or kneeling, and they are required to lift up to 23 kg (50 lbs).

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Mine Helpers want to gain practical experience while earning a competitive wage. This position gives candidates the chance to prove they are capable and committed, while also providing opportunities to train for jobs that require more experience or specific skills.

Job Description

  • Assist mine production crews with various tasks
  • Move tools, equipment and materials to and from work areas
  • Assist miners with set up and operation of drills and other machinery
  • Assist heavy equipment operators to secure special attachments to equipment
  • Signal various operators to guide them in moving equipment
  • Support blast crew by delivering supplies and carrying out delegated tasks
  • Assist in basic maintenance tasks, such as refueling, lubricating and washing equipment and machinery
  • Clean rooms, roadways, working areas, mine equipment and machinery, conveyances and clear blockages and spills
  • Complete equipment inspection checks
  • Write basic progress reports


$19.55 an hour

$40.76 an hour

Job Prospect

Demand in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Follows policies and processes
  • Committed to safe work habits
  • Enjoys hands-on work
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Positive attitude
  • Willing to learn
  • Willing to perform repetitive or routine tasks
  • Works well with others

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and does not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Fixed Requirements

  • Physically fit and mobile
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Willingness to work in a diverse workplace
  • Proficiency in language of operation

May be Required

  • Provide own safety equipment (e.g., approved steel-toed boots)
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Valid driver’s licence (or eligible for a driver’s licence) with few or no current infractions
  • Undergo a criminal record check


  • Knowledge of safe operation of hand tools
  • Some apprenticeship training or other experience
  • Experience in operation of light or heavy-duty equipment
  • Experience cleaning complex mechanical equipment
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
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