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Apprenticeship training course

Mine management (level 6)

Lead and manage underground mining operations.

Qualification level
Equivalent to degree.
Typical duration
48 months
Apprenticeship category
Engineering and manufacturing
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Engineer manager
  • Head of operations
  • Head of technical services
  • Mine manager
  • Operations engineering manager
  • Operations manager
  • Operations superintendent
  • Planning manager
  • Principal mining engineer
  • Production manager
  • Production superintendent
  • Shift manager
  • Shift superintendent
  • Technical services manager
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Specify the system for supporting the excavation, using information such as the characteristics of the geology, rock formations, data from modelling and measurements taken.
  • Undertake the mine design process, incorporating elements such as mine layout, roadway design, scheduling, resourcing and ventilation. Determine the impact that these decisions have on the safe, efficient, and sustainable operation of the mine.
  • Undertake mine surveys and use the information to evaluate mine development against the agreed layout and design.
  • Collect, analyse and use data from mining and asset management systems to review the impact of the operation, using outputs to improve safety, sustainability and the efficiency and effectiveness of mining systems.
  • Develop and implement operational mine plans that have SMART targets and are supported by key performance indicators.
  • Use project management and planning techniques. Allocate resource requirements. Monitor progress towards project goals and identify corrective actions.
  • Identify and utilise risk assessment techniques appropriate for the identified hazards such as major mining hazards with the use of Bowtie methodology. Use these techniques to identify and implement key controls and use safety performance indicators to monitor the effectiveness of those controls.
  • Plan and manage emergency arrangements, including simulated exercises. Determine the effectiveness of those emergency arrangements, and to inform potential improvements.
  • Undertake ventilation surveys such as measuring airflow, heat and dust to identify how the mine environment is being maintained.
  • Identify the statutory and company requirements for monitoring and maintaining records and plans and complete a suitable audit and evaluation to ensure compliance.
  • Manage and adapt budgets and control expenditure. Review and produce financial reports that provide analysis and draw conclusions on financial risk and evaluation of short and long term mine strategies.
  • Review quality control standards and ensure that these are effectively and consistently applied and where necessary take corrective action.
  • Communicate with colleagues, stakeholders and other interested parties using a range of different methods and techniques, challenging, influencing, and negotiating where appropriate.
  • Build teams, empower, mentor, coach, motivate and delegate to others, providing clear guidance and ensuring inclusivity.
  • Developing others; taking account of diversity, equality and inclusivity.
  • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including regulators (Health and Safety Executive), customers, suppliers, and trade unions.
  • Manage and lead others including conflict management.
  • Plan and manage own time.
  • Use evidence-based tools, qualitive and quantitative analysis techniques to demonstrate an ethical approach to problem solving and making decisions that improve the safety, operational and environmental performance of the underground operation.
  • Specify the machinery and equipment to support the overall safety and production.

Full information on Mine management (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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