Operates 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Power, Structural and Technical Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- 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.
- 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 hoppers, and cleans spillage from tracks, walks, driveways, and conveyor decking.
- Oils, lubricates, and adjusts conveyors, crushers, and other equipment, using hand tools and lubricating equipment.
- Replaces hydraulic hoses, headlight bulbs, and gathering-arm teeth.
- Stops gathering arms when cars are full.
- Advances machines to gather material and convey it into cars.
- Starts conveyor booms and gathering-arm motors, and operates winches to position cars under boom conveyors for loading.