Jack Setter

Place hydraulic jacks, timbers, and posts in specified locations.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Jack Setters do?

Places hydraulic jacks, timbers, and posts in specified locations to form roof support system in underground mine: Examines hydraulic lines and tightens connections, using wrenches. Helps place temporary posts or timbers under roof support beams when hydraulic jack failure occurs, or to supplement jacks in supporting roof. Advances coal conveyors and jack units forward to facilitate making new series of cuts in coal strata, using built-in or portable horizontal jacks.


Should I be a Jack Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Jack Setter

    Most Jack Setters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaiaa&chl=no+college+%2877%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,77,77
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