Mechanic

For some people, wanting to become a mechanic is a dream they have had since childhood. Some people are just mechanically inclined and have always been hands-on and curious about how anything mechanical works. For those with an interest in mining and in all things mechanical, why not consider a career as a mechanic?

Mechanics in mining are involved in creating, repairing and the maintenance of all mechanical equipment, in a safe and effective way. To ensure the health and safety of those working on a mine site, it is critical that all equipment is working properly and it is the job of the Mechanic to ensure that this happens.

Educational requirements of a Mechanic

• A high school diploma or equivalent is the basic requirement in order to become a mechanic
• Post-secondary training is however generally preferred by employers
• A certificate or degree program is required in many regions
• Students interested in pursuing a career as a mechanic should take courses in electronics, hands on automotive repair, maths and computers
• On the job training is common as well and would involve working for the employer for a set amount of time

Typical duties of a Mechanic

• Inspect, maintain, overhaul, recondition and repair mechanical equipment
• Comply with safety regulations on machinery and equipment by conducting testing, safety and combustion control standards
• Recording of repairs and services
• Troubleshooting breakdowns
• Maintaining supplies
• Performing preventative maintenance and repairs
• Routine maintenance and inspection
• Inspect mobile and stationery equipment for defects and required repairs
• Maintain safe working conditions and adhere to occupational and health and safety regulations
• Assist with administrative duties including maintenance schedules, ordering of equipment, repair logs and records, and maintenance computer systems

Working conditions of a Mechanic

• Mechanics in mining may be required to spend all of their time onsite
• Depending on the type of mine and what type of equipment being worked on, the mechanic may spend some time in the open above ground, or underground where it can be cramped and hot
• Working with machinery can be dangerous and it is not uncommon for mechanics to suffer minor cuts, burns and bruises
• The work environment of a mechanic will typically involve their getting dirty, as they will be working with grease and machinery that can be dirty
• The machinery and the tools used can also make a lot of noise, and they can be exposed to fumes
• Mechanics may be required from time to time to travel to and stay away from home for extended periods. They may be required to live on site away from home, or to work on a fly in fly out basis. FIFO commonly involves flying in for a certain period of time whilst the mechanic would be on site, and then flying home for periods when they are off work
• Mechanics may get to see the world as if working for large international companies, their job will often involve international travel
• There is a high level of responsibility involved in being a mechanic with a special emphasis on safety, and the job can be demanding
• May be required to work in awkward positions and concentrate for long periods of time

Personal attributes required to be a Mechanic

• Have the ability remain focused on detail at all times
• Need to have an interest and passion for working with anything mechanical
• Must have a passion for and enjoy fixing things
• Need to stay up to date with technology and be familiar with the latest machinery and tools
• Be able to work under pressure
• Have a good work ethic and be goal oriented
• Need to be an analytical thinker and be able to analyse and isolate faults
• Must have a thirst for knowledge. Technology and machinery is ever evolving and it’s important to have a desire to stay on top of new technology and be willing and keen to be continually learning and training
• Must be interested in working on mite sites which are often located in remote locations

 

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