Long Wall Shear Operator

Operate equipment to shear coals from long-wall face in mines.
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Salary Range
$28,000 – $59,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Long Wall Shear Operators do?

Operates equipment to shear coal from long-wall face in mine: Moves levers to control movement of equipment and to adjust speed and height of cut into coal face during initial pass and during subsequent clean-up passes. Signals other crewmembers to communicate need to adjust speed of equipment to rate of installation of roof supports and to adjust speed of conveyor to volume of coal needing removal. Listens for unusual sounds that indicate equipment malfunctions. Assists in routine lubrication and maintenance of equipment.

Should I be a Long Wall Shear Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Longwall Foreman, Longwall Shearer Operator, Shearer Operator, Underground Heavy Equipment Operator

    How to become a Long Wall Shear Operator

    Most Long Wall Shear 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:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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