Continuous Mining Machine Operator

Operate continuous mining machines to mine coals in underground mines.
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Salary Range
$32,000 – $64,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Continuous Mining Machine Operators do?

Operates self-propelled continuous mining machine to mine coal in underground mine: Drives machine into position at working face. Moves levers to sump ripper bar or boring head into face of coal seam. Starts machine to gather coal and convey it to floor or shuttle car. May repair, oil, and adjust machine and change cutting teeth, using wrench. May move lever to raise and lower hydraulic safety bar that supports roof above machine until ROOF BOLTERS or TIMBER FRAMER complete their work.


Should I be a Continuous Mining Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Continuous Mining Machine Coal Miner, Continuous Mining Machine Company Miner See More

    How to Become a
    Continuous Mining Machine Operator

    Most Continuous Mining Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9caaaa&chl=no+college+%2896%25%29|certificate+%284%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,96,96
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