There are a wide variety of jobs available in mining, including entry level as well as middle and high skill level jobs. See a complete list of job types in this list from the Mineral Education Coalition.
Yes, you will find women in all areas of construction and mining. Today’s California faces complex problems. We all need to work together to manage the Earth’s natural resources wisely. More environmental scientists and engineers will be called upon to find the answers we need, especially in the mining industry since it supplies the world’s mineral products. There are literally hundreds of careers related to mining that offer the opportunity for good income and the opportunity to make a difference.
Here are a couple who’s interest in the environment, math and science subjects lead to their rewarding career in the mining industry. Read about Desirea, and watch Neha.
There are more than 1 million California jobs in the construction and materials sector. This sector includes specialized occupations that pay above-average wages such as engineers and hydrologists, but also other sizable occupations such as equipment operator and mechanics found in nearly every community throughout the state. More than 6,000 new jobs per year will be created to build and repair California’s roads and bridges, funded by SB 1, the California Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. See the types of jobs available at https://cadreamjobs.com/we-are/careers/ And see current job openings at CADreamJobs.com
Aggregate is essential to our daily lives. Every Californian uses over 22,000 pounds of aggregate each and every year. Over 2 billion tons of aggregate is used annually to build our roads, bridges and other essential infrastructure.
It takes 15,000 tons of aggregate required to build a school or hospital. Over 38,000 tons of aggregate is used in 1 mile of four lane highway. 90% of aggregate is used within 90 miles of its place of extraction.
(source: NSSGA, Rocks Build America 2016) https://youtu.be/hvikS2YTxxE
Construction materials (aggregate) are natural materials such as sand, gravel and crushed stone. They are used in the production of asphalt, concrete, mortar or as raw aggregate for many other uses, including residential and commercial construction and the building of roads and highways and other transportation infrastructure
What if I am interested in upskilling or reskilling to enter or pursue advancement to increase my earning potential or pursue a new career?
You are not alone. Projections are that at least 54% of all employees will need reskilling and upskilling by 2022. You can look to your local community college for certifications in basic construction skills, mechanics, project management and many other skills that will help you enter and/or advance. If you are a veteran, there are many resources and support services to help https://cadreamjobs.com/2019/02/28/veterans-resources
Jobs and careers in this sector typically offer more equitable wages, require less formal education for entry, and are projected to grow over the next decade.
Today’s construction and industrial materials facilities offer a wide and diverse set of well-paying jobs and careers, including everything from engineers to heavy equipment operators and project managers and estimators, surveyors, trainers, safety officers and many more. The average California wage in mining is $76,500, in construction $65,000.
One of the great things about a career in construction and materials careers is that every job has a clear and definitive impact on everyone and everything in every community throughout California. While people may only see our trucks transporting materials or the hard hat construction crews on the road, there is an army of equipment operators, drivers, laborers, architects, engineers, designers, safety officers and support staff that make it one of the most diverse working environments possible. We’re passionate about making our jobs and careers the best they can be, and want others to know just how big a role in day-to-day life our industry plays. The majority of workers typically have short- to long- term on-the-job training and generally need less education to qualify for entry.
Although the terms cement and concrete often are used interchangeably, cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. Concrete is basically a mixture of aggregates and paste. The aggregates are sand and gravel or crushed stone; the paste is water and Portland cement. Concrete gets stronger as it gets older. Portland cement is not a brand name, but the generic term for the type of cement used in virtually all concrete, just as stainless is a type of steel and sterling a type of silver. Cement comprises from 10 to 15 percent of the concrete mix, by volume. Through a process called hydration, the cement and water harden and bind the aggregates into a rocklike mass. This hardening process continues for years meaning that concrete gets stronger as it gets older.
Cement: A fine powder made by combining limestone and other minerals, which then becomes the “glue” in making concrete.
Concrete: Made by combining cement, water, sand and gravel.
Asphalt: Asphalt pavement is approximately 95% aggregates, and 5% asphalt cement as a binder. The binder is a product of oil refining that acts to “glue” the aggregates together.