4WD at sunset
Underground mining students in the cut mine

Mining

North Metropolitan TAFE is the largest resources trainer in WA, offering the state’s most comprehensive, industry-targeted training with qualifications covering drilling operations, mining exploration and resource processing.

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Our facilities
Northbridge

Cut Mine

Our CUT Mine is a unique simulated underground mine which has been used by students in surveying, geological assistant skill sets, mining exploration to gain exposure to a real underground mine environment, prior to site mobilisation.

The CUT Mine has also been used by industry for mine induction training and mines emergency rescue competition.

East Perth

Green Skills Training Centre

This campus is home to a $17m Green Skills Training Centre which promotes sustainable practices and skills in engineering and construction, building and design, and specialised trades with a focus on renewable energy, biotechnology, water operations and environmental management.

Mining Training Centre

This centre uses industry standard equipment and facilities to provide specialised training in mining exploration, mineral processing, geology, and gold assaying.

The centre has a core yard where up and coming field assistants or pit technicians can interpret the rock characteristics of drill core.

It also has a fire assay laboratory where students can learn how to analyse gold or any of the base metals from a mineral sample.

For those interested in careers in exploration or minerals drilling, there is a 4-wheel drive training and maintenance facility.

Midland

Metals and Engineering

This campus features a specialist metals and engineering centre, built to ensure a focus on new technologies and the integration of these technologies across traditional trade and industry sectors. Students learn high speed, high precision operations in a safe environment on a range of various programmable automated equipment. They’re exposed to up-to-date computer controlled machining technology and they’ll gain skills in industrial robotics and component design using current industry standard computer-aided design.

We are also an industry leader in delivery of fluid power training.

 

What others have to say

Pilbara_Minerals_Final-01.pngBy working with NMTAFE, Pilbara Minerals was able to tailor the training program to make it relevant to the specific mineral processes used at the Pilgangoora Lithium-Tantalum Project; ensuring trainees were job ready prior to mobilisation to site.

Dale Henderson

Chief Operating Officer

 

National ID State ID Title Qualification level Study mode Campus
MEM40105 WT46 Engineering (Instrumentation) Certificate IV Online
Midland
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Take control of your instrumentation career

Are you a qualified tradesperson with an electrical, mechanical fitter or refrigeration background? If so our Certificate IV in Engineering (Instrumentation) will give you the training, skills and knowledge needed to work on and maintain modern instrumentation and control systems.

This qualification includes both theoretical and practical training. The theoretical component is undertaken online whilst the practical components are completed on campus.

If you meet these prerequisites then this course will take you 6 - 12 months to complete and you may enrol at any time, see our flyer for more details

Gain these skills
  • Able to install, commission, calibrate and maintain modern instrumentation and control systems including:
    • PLC programming
    • Configuring instruments
    • Tuning of multi-loop cascade controls
Is this course right for me?

I am:

  • A qualified tradesperson such as an A-Grade electrician, mechanical fitter, refrigeration technician, or
  • A third/fourth year apprentice

 

MEM30505 W240 Engineering - Technical Certificate III On campus
East Perth
Perth (Northbridge)
engineering, engineer, civil, mechanical, mechatronics, oil, gas, petroleum, robotics, salary, fifo, employment, employability, product, design, manufacture,mining,cad, drafting, w240, u000000, u000001, u000004

An introduction to the work performed by engineering associates assisting professional engineers

In 20 weeks with us, you'll become familiar with CAD packages and how to set out engineering drawings according to Australian Standards.

You will participate in hands on workshop projects that will introduce you to general engineering concepts which are essential for diploma level engineering courses.

These projects will help you develop your understanding of how drawings are transformed into buildings and manufactured items.

Gain these skills
  • AutoCAD
  • Basic calculations
  • Sustainability concepts
  • Modern office practices and communication
  • Safety and quality controls
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • An interest in engineering and technical work
  • Creative flair and designing abilities
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail

 

EAA53 Geological Assistant Skill Set Skill set On campus
East Perth
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With this Geological Assistant skill set you'll gain the skills and knowledge needed to seek employment in entry level geological assistant roles in either exploration, pit or underground environments as well as other entry level mining roles.

The units covered will be delivered in two clusters or groups:

Geological Field Assistance (4.5 hours per week)

  • RIIEGS303D Provide geological field assistance

Field and Mining Techniques (12 hours per week)

  • CPPSIS3016A Provide field support
  • RIISTD202D Collect routine site samples
  • RIIEGS202D Conduct fieldwork
  • RIIEGS301D Operate and maintain instruments and field equipment
  • RIIQUA201D Maintain and monitor site quality standards

To have the best chance of finding a job in the mining industry we recommend that you undertake this skill set concurrently with North Metropolitan TAFE's RII305115-SS-C Mining Field Operations skill set.

Please note a compulsory 4-day camp on an exploration site forms part of the requirements for completion of the Geological Assistant skill set. To attend this camp you need to have successfully completed or be in the process of completing the Mining Safety units covered in RII305115-SS-C Mining Field Operations skill set.

We strongly advise that you obtain a manual driver's licence to increase your employability in the mining industry and also recommend that you complete the two day 4WD driving course North Metropolitan TAFE offers (RII305115-SS-A Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle).  This particular course gives you an introduction to 4WD driving.

For more information about our Mining skill sets download our flyer.

EAA54 Mining Field Operation Skill Set Skill set On campus
East Perth
mining, fifo, FIFO, fly in fly out, geology, geologist, field assistant, fieldworks, field hand, site work, mines, pit, exploration, field ops, RII30515-SS-C, RII30515

This Mining Field Operations skill set will help you gain the skills and knowledge needed to  live, work, and operate in the field.  You'll also cover the safety and communication requirements for employment in the resources sector.

The units included in this skill set are delivered in two groups or clusters:

Mining Safety (2 hours per week)

  • RIIWHS201D Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
  • RIIRIS201D Conduct local risk control
  • RIICOM201D Communicate in the workplace

Mining Field Logistics (5 hours per week)

  • RIIENV201D Identify and assess an environmental and heritage concerns
  • RIIEGS201D Operate in isolated and remote situations
  • RIIEGS302D Plan and undertake field trip
  • RIIENG305D Navigate in remote or trackless areas

To have the best chance of finding a job in the mining industry we recommend that you undertake this skill set concurrently with North Metropolitan TAFE's RII305115-SS-B Geological Assistant skill set.

Please note a compulsory 4-day camp on an exploration site forms part of the requirements for completion of the Mining Field Operations skill set.  

We strongly advise that you obtain a manual driver's licence to increase your employability in the mining industry and also recommend that you complete the two day 4WD driving course North Metropolitan TAFE offers (RII305115-SS-A Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle).  This particular course gives you an introduction to 4WD driving.

For more details about our Mining skill sets download our flyer

SC-EMS-V1292 Mining Law Exam preparation Short course On campus
East Perth
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North Metropolitan TAFE can provide you with the tools you will need to successfully complete the relevant examination to help you in your chosen career in the mining industry.
Mining Law exams comprise one aspect of the requirements to gain a WA Certificate of Competency in any of the following appointments

  • Restricted Quarry Manager
  • Quarry Manager 
  • First Class Mine Manager
  • Underground Supervisor

This two day Mining Law exam preparation course will provide you with the required key aspects of Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and Mines Safety Inspection Regulations 1995
Also provided are Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) application forms, exam tips, mock examinations and marking guides.

North Metropolitan TAFE also offers one to one tuition with a qualified Quarry Manager on request.  There is an additional cost for this delivery option.

Contact us for more details about the mining pathway you wish to pursue by calling:

John Soubotian on 0427 086 606
or
Aaron Gray on 0413 763 141

or email coordinator.epth@nmtafe.wa.edu.au

The 2020 Mining Law and practical exams will be scheduled by DMIRS (held in Perth, Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Collie).  
For information about the 2020 schedule of DMIRS exams to be held, see the DMIRS website: http://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Documents/Safety/MSH_COC_FS_Examinations.pdf

EAA52 Operate & Maintain a 4WD Skill Set Skill set On campus
East Perth

If you are looking for work at a mine site or you are already working onsite, or simply want to broaden your skillset we can help you gain the basic skills to drive and maintain a 4WD in an environment beyond the city streets.

This one and a half day four wheel driving course will introduce you to the vehicle skills you need to work in many different industries including the geological and mining industries. This course will give you time behind the wheel and prepare you for routine and emergency situations while operating a 4WD vehicle. You'll start at our East Perth campus before going to experience some four wheel drive tracks on the outskirts of Perth.

A manual drivers licence is a prerequisite for this course.

You'll need to wear steel capped boots, a hat, long sleeved shirt and long pants. On the first day you'll be able to buy food and drink in and around our East Perth campus, on the second day you will need to bring your own lunch and water bottle.

On successful completion of this course you will receive a Statement of Attainment for RII30515-SS-A (RIIVEH305E) Operate and Maintain a four wheel drive vehicle.

Download our 4WD flyer for more details.

 

 

RII20515 AZB2 Resource Processing Certificate II Employer-based
Traineeship
East Perth
AZB2, RII20515, J671, RII20513, TAFE04, U000000, Engineering and Mining, U000006, Process Plant Operations/Technology, C000000, C000007, U000004, resources, mining, processing, operator, fifo, process technician, Collect and break rock samples Conduct conveyor, crushing and screening plant operations, Processing technician, Mineral processing technician

Get your career in the resources industry off the ground

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge necessary for entry level employment as a processing technician in a resources processing facility.

Gain these skills
  • Collect and break rock samples
  • Conduct conveyor, crushing and screening plant operations
  • Work safely and follow onsite safety policies and procedures
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Enjoy manual and technical work
  • Able to follow workplace health and safety procedures and work safely
  • Comfortable working in a physical environment
  • Good communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work well as part of a team
RII30415 AZF3 Resource Processing Certificate III Employer-based
East Perth
AZF3, RII30415, J649, RII30413, C000000, C000007, Laboratory Operations, U000000, U000006, U000004, mining, technician, TAFE04, Engineering and Mining, Process Plant Operations/Technology, resources, process technician, processing, fifo, plant operator, processing technician in a resources processing facility, operate and monitor equipment including conveyors and valve systems, conduct site sampling and testing of samples, Operate and monitor conveyors and valve systems, Conduct milling/grinding, crushing and screening plant operations, processing technician, mineral processing technician

Are you ready to unearth a fine career?

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge necessary for employment as a processing technician in a resources processing facility.

You'll learn how to operate and monitor equipment including conveyors and valve systems. You'll also gain the skills and knowledge to conduct site sampling and testing of samples commonly used in the mine processing industry, and an insight into OHS, the mining industry and the equipment used in processing.

Gain these skills
  • Operate and monitor conveyors and valve systems
  • Work safely and follow work safety policies and procedures
  • Conduct milling/grinding, crushing and screening plant operations
  • Perform process control room operations
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Enjoy manual and technical work
  • Able to follow workplace health and safety procedures and work safely
  • Comfortable working in a physical environment
  • Good communication, logic and problem solving skills
  • Able to work well as part of a team
RII20215 AZC3 Surface Extraction Operations Certificate II Employer-based
Traineeship
East Perth
AZC3, RII20215, J676, RII20213, TAFE04, U000000, Engineering and Mining, U000004, Mining, operator, fifo, open pit, haul truck, gold, iron ore

Get your mining career off the ground

This course will give you a solid foundation to work as an operator on sites such as a quarry or an open cut metalliferous mine, undertaking a prescribed range of tasks involving known routines and procedures, and taking some responsibility for the quality of work outcomes.

Gain these skills
  • Maintain and monitor site quality standards
  • Position and set up mobile lighting
  • Undertake conveyor and crushing processes
  • Operate light vehicles
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Comfortable working in a physical environment
  • Enjoy practical/manual activities
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Able to adhere to strict safety requirements

 

RII50115 AZF4 Surface Operations Management Diploma Employer-based
Traineeship
East Perth
AZF4, RII50115, TAFE04, U000000, Engineering and Mining, U000004, Mining, operator, fifo, open pit, haul truck, gold, iron ore

Lead and supervise open cut mining operations

Study this course and gain the practical skills and knowledge to lead and supervise operations involved in the extraction of materials in an open cut mine.

This Diploma reflects the role of mine managers in an open cut coal or metalliferous mine or a quarry, who perform tasks involving a high level of autonomy and requiring the application of significant judgement in planning and determining the selection of equipment, roles and techniques for themselves and others.  On completion of this course you'll be able to demonstrate a broad range of technical, managerial, coordination and planning skills and implement safety management plans.

The preferred pathway into this qualification is through experience in a formal supervision role of at least two years in the open pit area.

Gain these skills
  • Implement risk management and compliance plans in mine operations
  • Lead, guide and organise work teams
  • Contribute to technical solutions
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Committed to occupational health and safety
  • Strong leadership, business and financial management skills


 

CPP50116 BAI4 Surveying Diploma Employer-based
On campus
Traineeship
East Perth
TAFEADM, J357, CPP50112, TAFE04, Q000000, Building and Construction, Q000004, Civil Construction, U000000, U000007, surveying, mining, U000004, geospatial, geo, gis, survey, construction, engineering, building, BAI1, terrestrial technologies, GIS, site, CAD, computer- aided drawing,

Extend your studies and knowledge of surveying

This course will further develop your skills by teaching you how to operate sophisticated surveying equipment and software for conducting more complex engineering surveys, including road design and set out surveys and more complex surveying tasks.

This Diploma has a focus on geodetic surveying including how to conduct geodetic surveys and perform computations. You will also develop industry-specific skills including how to design basic engineering structures and plan spatial data collection. A large selection of electives is available, such as producing maps for land management purposes, producing mine drawings and how to set out stormwater systems.

When you complete this Diploma, you will be eligible for an Associate membership of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (Engineering and Mining Commission)

Gain these skills
  • Conduct advanced Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) data collection
  • Setout surveys
  • Create engineering drawings
  • Perform advanced surveying computations
Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Good mathematics skills
  • Able to work neatly and accurately
  • Methodical with an eye for detail

 

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