Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining

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About the Job

Operate underground loading machine to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttle or mine car or onto conveyors. Loading equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.

It is also Called

  • Under Ground Miner
  • Shuttle Car Operator
  • Production Miner
  • Mucking Machine Operator
  • Mucker Operator
  • Muck Operator
  • Muck Hauler
  • Miner Operator
  • Miner
  • Mechanical Shovel Operator
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What They Do

  • Estimate and record amounts of material in bins.
  • Inspect boarding and locking of open-top box cars and wedging of side-drop and hopper cars to prevent loss of material in transit.
  • Notify switching departments to deliver specific types of cars.
  • Observe and record car numbers, carriers, customers, tonnages, and grades and conditions of material.
  • Signal workers to move loaded cars.
  • Start conveyor booms and gathering-arm motors, and operate winches to position cars under boom conveyors for loading.
  • Advance machines to gather material and convey it into cars.
  • Stop gathering arms when cars are full.
  • Replace hydraulic hoses, headlight bulbs, and gathering-arm teeth.
  • Oil, lubricate, and adjust conveyors, crushers, and other equipment, using hand tools and lubricating equipment.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Working Conditions and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $54,900 with most people making between $35,950 and $71,210

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 200 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 190 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 0 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.



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