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Old 01-15-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Seems a myth that the oil patch is the only area where hiring is robust: Unemployment Rates for States
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:48 AM
 
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The iron mines of Northern Minnesota are desperately looking to replace an aging population of miners during the next 10 years.

They're looking for people who are intelligent enough to go through the area community college programs in mining technology, and people who don't have a drug or alcohol dependency.

So, if you're ok with hard work, are sober and can consistently pass drug tests, and you have the funds and smarts to get through a year of community college, this is a really good bet!

Beginning miners are starting at $24.00 per hour. It's a union job that has great benefits. Miners don't work with picks and candles anymore - it's mostly heavy equipment operation. Yes, it's blue collar, but it's not health threatening back breaking labor anymore. It is a boom and bust economy, though - some miners were laid off during the bad months of 2010. That's because iron is used to make steel, used for cars and construction, and when those are bad it trickles down to the miners.

The cost of living in northern MN is low, and public services and schools are good due to mine company money. The area is only 3 hrs away from all of the fun of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Take a look on City Data at the towns of Hibbing MN and Virginia MN. Take a look at these community colleges: Hibbing Community College - HCC - Hibbing, MN | Home MRCTC The mines are part of multinational corporations and keep changing their ownership/management so it's hard to find them on-line, but search under MinnTac, or US Steel, or HibTac, etc.

Hey 601 - This sounds perfect! Thanks for the info, but I could only find MASHA new minor training of 24 clock hours at Hibbing, and nothing at MRCTC. Can you give me the link for the year long mining tehnology program? Thanks again!
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Old 01-21-2012, 02:18 PM
 
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Will check it out, thanks!
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