Underground Mining Loading Machine Operators
On the Job
Underground Mining Loading Machine Operators operate machines to load coal, ore, or rock onto conveyors or into mine cars. The machines work underground.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Inspect locomotives or other railroad equipment.
- Maintain material moving equipment in good working condition.
- Operate conveyors or other industrial material moving equipment.
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Operate excavation equipment.
- Communicate with others to coordinate vehicle movement.
- Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement.
- Calculate weights, volumes or other characteristics of materials.
- Clean machinery or equipment.
- Move materials, equipment, or supplies.
Typical Working Conditions
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Working in an open vehicle or equipment.
- Exposure to hazardous conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- The freedom to determine tasks, priorities, and goals.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- A work pace that is determined by the speed of equipment.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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