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How to start your career in mine ventilation

The experience you gain in Step 1 is essential to create the context and understanding of the workplace environment. After that, your willingness to study and our commitment to support you will help you with the next steps.

Step 1

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Start by getting three months’ work experience in a mine’s Ventilation Department.

Your work should involve surveying workplaces and airflow distribution at the mine, using instruments to measure the mine environment. Typical measurements include barometric pressure, air pressures, rock drill water tube gaps, gases, water samples, air temperatures and – velocities, air volume flows, gravimetric sampling and fan pressures.

Ensure that you’reĀ found competent in the use in the Flammable Gas Measuring Instrument used by that mine.

Step 2

PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT

After Step 1, you’re allowed to apply to the Chamber of Mines to be assessed in the practical use of instruments.

It is recommended that you first attend a course, so that you can be guided in the correct use of these instruments. The Chamber of Mines assessment is done during the course.

Step 3

INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATE IN MINE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
(Int Cert MEC)

You may now study towards your Int Cert MEC. You can write Paper 1 and Paper 2 of the exams in any order.

Step 4

CERTIFICATE IN MINE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
(Cert MEC)

After obtaining the Intermediate qualification, the next step is to study towards the Certificate in Mine Environment Control which is issued by the Chamber of Mines. Courses assist learners to grasp theoretical concepts and clarifies how it is applied in practice.