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Continuous Mining Machine Operators

Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors, shuttle cars, or trucks in a continuous operation.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Hang ventilation tubing and ventilation curtains to ensure that the mining face area is kept properly ventilated.
    • Conduct methane gas checks to ensure breathing quality of air.
    • Check the stability of roof and rib support systems before mining face areas.
    • Operate mining machines to gather coal and convey it to floors or shuttle cars.
    • Drive machines into position at working faces.
    • Move controls to start and regulate movement of conveyors and to start and position drill cutters or torches.
    • Reposition machines to make additional holes or cuts.
    • Determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut.
    • Install casings to prevent cave-ins.
    • Observe and listen to equipment operation to detect binding or stoppage of tools or other equipment malfunctions.
    • Scrape or wash conveyors, using belt scrapers or belt washers, to minimize dust production.
    • Move levers to raise and lower hydraulic safety bars supporting roofs above machines until other workers complete framing.
    • Repair, oil, and adjust machines, and change cutting teeth, using wrenches.
    • Apply new technologies developed to minimize the environmental impact of coal mining.
    • Guide and assist crews laying track and resetting supports and blocking.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Equipment Maintenance

      Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 53930/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.93/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 730
    • Yearly Projected Openings 90

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Independence
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Screwdrivers
    • Continuous mining equipment
    • Air exhausters
    • Adjustable wrenches
    • Acoustic ear muffs or defenders

    Technology

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