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Roof Bolters, Mining

Operate machinery to install roof support bolts in underground mine.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Drill bolt holes into roofs at specified distances from ribs or adjacent bolts.
    • Pull down loose rock that cannot be supported.
    • Position bolting machines, and insert drill bits into chucks.
    • Perform safety checks on equipment before operating.
    • Perform tests to determine if methane gas is present.
    • Perform ventilation tasks, such as hanging ventilation curtains and tubes.
    • Force bolts into holes, using hydraulic mechanisms of self-propelled bolting machines.
    • Dust rocks after bolting.
    • Install various types of bolts, including truss, glue, and resin bolts, traversing entire ceiling spans.
    • Drill test holes and test bolts for specified tension, using torque wrenches.
    • Position safety jacks to support underground mine roofs until bolts can be installed.
    • Rotate chucks to turn bolts and open expansion heads against rock formations.
    • Remove drill bits from chucks after drilling holes, and insert bolts into chucks.
    • Tighten ends of anchored truss bolts, using turnbuckles.


    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • 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.

    • Extent Flexibility

      The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.


    • Production and Processing

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

    • 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.

    • Mechanical

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

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    • US Annual Salary 61190/yr
    • US Typical Salary
    • US Hourly Wage 29.42/hr
    • US Typical Hourly Wage

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    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
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Self Control


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