A Blaster works on a mine or in a quarry. They have the responsible job of fill the ‘holes’ made by the Rock Drill Operator with explosives and detonators.Once the explosions take place, the rubble rock, coal or ore can be removed. Sometimes the Blaster is used to set up explosives to demolish old or unsafe structures.

Explosives Expert

An Explosive Expert is responsible for all aspects of working with dangerous explosives. This is a very responsible, potentially dangerous job.

Gas Practitioner

Gas Practitioners are in demand! They’re specialised tradespersons. They are registered with SAPGA and authorised by the SAQCC (Gas) to conduct work in the pipeline natural gas industry. Qualified Gas Practitioners may work on domestic, commercial or industrial levels.

Metallurgical Engineer

Metallurgy is the science of metals and making sure the right metal is used for a job, or converting the chemical compound so it’s perfect for a job. A Metallurgical Engineer’s main focus is the conversion of raw metal to something useful.

Metallurgical Engineering Technologist

A Metallurgical Engineering Technologist takes outdoor samples and performs laboratory experiments to determine the chemical make-up and properties of metals.


A Metallurgist is an engineer who is involved in investigating the properties of metals and the development of new processes for extracting metals from ore and producing new alloys.

Mine Ventilation Observer

A Mine Ventilation Observer is a technical expert for the ventilation and occupational hygiene of the mine. To follow this career path you will need a minimum Grade 9.


A Miner works in a mine or a quarry. They are responsible for blasting, excavating and digging to remove the ore from the mine or quarry. In some instances, mining can be dangerous.


A Mineralogist is a kind of geologist who studies minerals. Mineralogists work mainly outdoors in remote areas. They also work in laboratories where they will do experiments to analyse the properties of the minerals.

Mines Safety Inspector

The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) employs Mines Safety Inspectors. A Mines Safety Inspector is responsible for the safety and health of the employees and other persons (like sub-contractors, visitors etc) on the mine.

Mining Assistant

Mining Assistants work both underground in the mines and on the surface. A career as a Mining Assistant offers steady employment with good benefits, such as housing, however, it involves working in a possibly dangerous, underground environment.

Mining Engineer

A Mining Engineer is a kind of mechanical engineer. They are responsible for coming up with ideas and systems to make mining safer, cleaner and more efficient.

Mining Engineering Technician

A Mining Engineering Technician generally works alongside mining and other engineers and engineering technologists. They are responsible for the safety, efficiency and cleanliness of mines or quarries.

Mining Engineering Technologist

If you would like to work in a mining environment and love engineering – this may be the career you’re looking for! A Mining Engineering Technologist generally works alongside Mining Engineers. They are responsible for the safety, efficiency and cleanliness of mines or quarries.

Mining Operator

A Mining Operator operates big machinery to break, excavate and load minerals. They work in underground mines or open quarries.

Mining Support Worker

A Mining Support Worker helps perform jobs on the mine like: taking apart and assembling mining equipment / taking samples of rock / mixing ore treating chemicals etc. They can work in underground mines or quarries.

Petroleum Engineer

A Petroleum Engineer plans and organises the engineering aspects of finding and extracting petroleum or natural gas from our planet.

Rock Drill Operator

A Rock Drill Operator handles rock-drilling machinery. They drill holes specifically for explosive charges so that blasting experts can blow up areas of the mine to release the ‘rock’ or to make tunnels and shafts.