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Cadetships & Associate Programs (Mine Surveying & Engineering)

Cadetships and Associate Programs are an excellent way for students to get a foot in the industry with on the job training, resources, mentoring and generally funded educational expenses and time off for exams. Another upside to cadetships or associate programs within the mining industry is that the initial rate of pay is better than that of an apprenticeship or traineeship therefore producing a more attractive program.

The following mining companies offer cadetships and associate programs for both surveying and engineering disciplines; and generally recruit new cadets each 1-2 years.

Anglo American Cadetships & Associate Programs

Anglo American Metallurgical Coal is one of Australia's leading metallurgical coal producers. They offer associate programs in mining engineering (surface and underground) as well as a mining survey cadetship (surface and underground).

Anglo's associate program consists of a structured four year program combining on the job experience and a range of university education, TAFE competencies and internal training competencies. It is anticipated that at the end of the program, the associate or cadet will have obtained an Associate Degree in their relevant field of work which can be upgraded to a bachelor with a full credit transfer at the institution they are studying at. The institution of study is determined by the employee's role and course availability.

More information about Anglo's Associate Program can be located here, as well as details for applications.

Pre-requisites for these roles include:

  • Passes in Year 12 English, Maths and a Science subject (or equivalent work experience).
  • Interest in working in the mining industry in a hands-on technical role.
  • Currently located in or willing to locate one of their mining communities.
  • Computer experience and intermediate skills.
  • Sound interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.
  • Current driver’s licence.
BMA Cadetships & Associate Programs

BMA are a world-class business with a diverse range of products, customers and markets, outstanding management depth and an enviable portfolio of growth opportunities.

BMA's Cadetships offer on-the-job experience and a structured study program. The Cadetship programs begin yearly in February in their surface and underground mining operations.

BMA Cadetships provide a combination of work experience and training, supported with University study, to candidates motivated to develop their skills and abilities in related technical areas. The program is aimed at those who have completed, or who are about to complete, year 12 schooling; and others with appropriate work experience, particularly in mining related areas and/or trades, who want to develop their skills to become qualified in one of the following areas of coal mining:

  • Mine Surveying
  • Mine Planning (Mining Engineering)
  • Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical)
  • Minerals Processing

The Cadetship Program involves:

  • Four years on-the-job work experience
  • BMA internal safety, technical and personal development training programs
  • Part-time external study with the University that provides the appropriate Associate degree program relevant to the chosen Cadetship.

Pre-requisites for these roles include:

  • Australia Citizen.
  • Meet a selection criteria relevant to chosen cadetship.

Applicants for Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Cadetships must have completed an apprenticeship in a relevant field. Applicants for the Cadetship in Underground Coal Mine Management must hold a Deputy’s Certificate of Competency (Underground Coal mines).

More information about BMA's Cadet Programs can be located here, as well as details for applications

Gold Fields Cadetships

Gold Fields Limited is one of the world’s largest unhedged producers of gold with eight operating mines in South Africa, Ghana and Australia.

Gold Fields survey cadet program aims to develop the employee through professional competencies and technical understanding in mine surveying, while assisting in the provision of the survey control required to achieve short to medium production and development targets.

Gold Fields will reward you with extensive on-the-job training so that you may assist a diverse group of mining professionals in both the open pit and underground mining environments. Their program will also provide full support and financial assistance toward your studies leading to formal qualifications in Mine Surveying.

Offers for survey cadets with Gold Fields are not structured to schedule, so it is recommended to search career seeking websites for details on whether they have a current program available. More information about Gold Fields can be located here, as well as a job search facility.

Pre-requisites for these roles include:

  • Good results in a TEE level maths in Year 12.
  • Willingness to learn, ask questions and be accountable for your actions.
  • Australian resident.

Preferred skills and abilities:

  • Demonstrated high work standards and work ethic.
  • Willingness to develop yourself professionally in mine surveying.
  • Ability to manage your plan and your time effectively.
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