Quarry managers are responsible for the production of materials such as crushed stone, sand and gravel, used to make concrete for the construction industry. They also manage the production of coated stone for road surfacing and maintenance, lime for agriculture, steel making and water purification, and ready-mixed concrete and mortar for construction.
Also known as
- Mine Manager
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Quarry managers are responsible for the production of materials, such as crushed stone, sand and gravel, used to make concrete for the building and construction industries.
They also manage the production of coated stone for road surfacing and maintenance, lime for agriculture, steel making and water purification, and ready-mixed concrete and mortar for construction.
Quarry managers combine managing quarry workers with office-based duties such as managing budgets, negotiating contracts, organising maintenance programmes and environmental planning. They also liaise with local authorities and community groups over planning permission applications.
Quarry managers might also get involved with the training and development of staff, as well as setting targets for them.
Quarry managers are responsible for all the processes, vehicles, equipment and machinery used at quarries. They are also responsible for the on-site processing of the extracted minerals, looking after waste disposal and the restoration of abandoned workings.
They plan and organise maintenance and overhauling programmes. Safety is very important in quarry work. Managers make sure that all their employees are aware of and follow safety regulations and procedures.
Quarry managers must be prepared to work in dusty, dirty and noisy conditions, as well as bad weather.
Being able to read, write and speak Welsh may be an advantage when you’re looking for work in Wales.
Personal Qualities and Skills
As a quarry manager, you need:
- Strong leadership skills.
- To be able to encourage and motivate others.
- Communication and people management skills.
- An understanding of some legal issues, for example, health and safety at work, environmental protection acts and regulations, as well as town and country planning acts.
- To keep up to date with any changes in legal issues.
- Good organisational and number skills, to control budgets and co-ordinate resources.
- Problem-solving skills.
- To work well to tight deadlines and budgets.
- To be able to stay calm and work well under pressure.
Pay and Opportunities
The pay rates given below are approximate.
Quarry managers earn in the range of £25,000 - £36,000 a year, rising to £45,000 - £60,000. Higher earners can make around £85,000 a year.
Bonuses, such as a company car, are possible.
Hours of work
Quarry managers usually work a 39-hour week, which may include shifts and work at weekends.
What's happening in this work area?
The success of this industry depends directly on the success of the construction industry, which is experiencing an extremely severe downturn because of the recent recession.
As a result employment levels are expected to fall over the coming decade, although not as rapidly as over the past few years.
Jobs in these industries are still mainly held by men. They take almost 9 in 10 jobs. The industry is looking to change this.
Full time employees are expected to be the main casualty of future job losses.
Future skills needsThe following skills shortages have been identified within the industry:
- The ability to work on your own initiative.
- Job-related technical skills.
- Management and leadership.
Where could I work?
Employers in the extractive industries include mining and quarrying companies in limestone, sand and gravel, granite, coal, ball and china clay, slate and gypsum.
Opportunities for quarry managers occur throughout the UK.
Where are vacancies advertised?
Vacancies are advertised in local/national newspapers, trade industry publications, at Jobcentre Plus and on the Universal Jobmatch website.
Vacancies can also be found through specialist engineering recruitment agencies, internet job boards and the websites of professional engineering bodies.
Entry Routes and Training
Most new entrants are graduates, with degrees in areas such as civil, mechanical, minerals and mining engineering, geology, business studies and environmental studies. Relevant HNDs are also acceptable.
These qualifications are among those that satisfy the requirements for membership of the Institute of Quarrying. The Institute can provide a list of other relevant qualifications.
The University of Derby offers a Diploma in Quarry Technology, which is studied part-time by distance learning.
The University of Exeter also offers related courses, such as a degree in Mining Engineering.
Foundation degrees in general engineering are also available. These may enable you to progress onto an accredited degree course.
Entry is also possible for those with other qualifications, including A levels in Maths and science subjects or a relevant Edexcel (BTEC) National qualification.
An Advanced Level Apprenticeship is also a great place to start.
Once employed, graduates usually receive in-house training in production, technical and commercial departments.
NVQs in Health, Safety and Environmental Management in the Extractive and Minerals Processing Industries are available at levels 3-5.
Depending on their qualifications, quarry managers may be able to gain Chartered (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) professional status. Both are highly regarded by employers throughout industry.
To register as a CEng or an IEng, you must join a relevant, professional engineering institution licensed by the Engineering Council.
To become a CEng or an IEng, you need to demonstrate the appropriate competence and commitment. The standards for this are set out in the Engineering Council's UK-SPEC document, which can be downloaded from their website.
UK-SPEC and the engineering institution you've joined can tell you which qualifications are accredited or approved towards CEng or IEng status. Your engineering institution will also advise you on, and process, your application.
Routes to CEng status include completing:
- An accredited honours degree in engineering or technology, plus either an appropriate Masters degree or Engineering Doctorate (EngD) accredited by a professional engineering institution, or appropriate further learning to Masters level.
- Or, an accredited integrated MEng degree.
Routes to IEng status include completing:
- An accredited Bachelors or honours degree in engineering or technology.
- Or, an HNC, HND or foundation degree in engineering or technology, plus appropriate further learning to degree level.
- Or, an NVQ level 4, which has been approved by a licensed engineering institution.
However, you can still become a CEng or an IEng if you don't have these academic qualifications. Further information about the assessment process can be found in UK-SPEC.
Quarry managers could progress to management posts at larger quarries or at their company's headquarters. Depending on their qualification, those with CEng or IEng status could move into other branches of engineering, eg, minerals/mining.
The usual entry requirements for a degree in minerals or mining engineering are:
- 3 A levels
- GCSEs in your A level subjects at grade C or above
- A further 2/3 GCSEs at grade C or above
- Maths and science subjects, eg, Physics or Chemistry, are normally required at A level
- English, Maths and a science subject are usually required at GCSE at grade C or above.
To get onto an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, you'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths, or to have completed an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship.
For entry to an engineering HND course, the usual requirement is at least 1 A level pass, normally in a maths or science subject.
Other qualifications, such as a relevant Edexcel (BTEC) level 3 National or the International Baccalaureate Diploma are often accepted. Check prospectuses carefully.
Some universities accept the Welsh Baccalaureate as equivalent to 1 A-level.
It is illegal for any organisation to set age limits for entry to employment, education or training, unless they can show there is a real need to have these limits.
Entrants with supervisory skills gained in mining/quarrying have an advantage.
If you don't have the qualifications needed to enter your chosen degree or HND course, a college or university Access course (eg, Access to Engineering) could be the way in.
These courses are designed for people who have not followed the usual routes into higher education. No formal qualifications are usually needed, but you should check this with individual colleges.
The University of Derby offers a Diploma in Quarry Technology, via distance learning.
Sponsorship for study at higher education level is available through the larger quarry and road surface materials production companies.
- 11% of people in occupations such as quarry manager have flexible hours.
Professional institutionsProfessional institutions have the following roles:
- To support their members.
- To protect the public by keeping standards high in their professions.
For more information on the institution(s) relevant to this career, check out the contacts below.
University of Derby
Address: Kedleston Road, Derby DE22 1GB
Tel: 01332 590500
Address: 246 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EX
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Engineering Training Council Northern Ireland (ETC NI)
Northern Ireland Enquiries
Address: Sketrick House, Ards Business Park, Jubilee Road, Newtownards BT23 4YH
Tel: 028 9182 2377
Skills for process and manufacturing industries
Address: Centurion Court, 85b Park Drive, Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 4RY
Tel: 01235 833844
Careers in manufacturing
Institute of Quarrying (IQ)
Address: McPherson House, 8a Regan Way, Chetwynd Business Park, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 6RZ
Tel: 0115 9729995
Mineral Products Association (MPA)
Address: Gillingham House, 38-44 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HU
Tel: 020 7963 8000
Careers in Quarrying
Publisher: Mineral Products Association
Careers Wales - Welsh Apprenticeships
Tel: 0800 028 4844