About This Career
Operates underground loading or moving machine to load or move coal, ore, or rock using shuttle or mine car or conveyors. Equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.
This career is part of the Architecture and Construction cluster Construction pathway, Transportation Operations pathway.
A person in this career:
- Handles high voltage sources and hangs electrical cables.
- Drives loaded shuttle cars to ramps and moves controls to discharge loads into mine cars or onto conveyors.
- Pries off loose material from roofs and moves it into the paths of machines, using crowbars.
- Moves trailing electrical cables clear of obstructions, using rubber safety gloves.
- Controls conveyors that run the entire length of shuttle cars to distribute loads as loading progresses.
- Observes hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines.
- Examines roadway and clears obstructions from the path of travel.
- Drives machines into piles of material blasted from working faces.
- Operates levers to move conveyor booms or shovels so that mine contents such as coal, rock, and ore can be placed into cars or onto conveyors.
- Cleans, fuels, services, and performs safety checks on all equipment, and repairs and replaces parts as necessary.