Mechanical Shovel Operator

Operate power shovels that load coals into mine cars in underground mines.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$34,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Mechanical Shovel Operators do?

Operates power shovel that loads coal or rock into mine cars or onto conveyors in underground mines: Drives rubber-tired, crawled-tread, or rail-mounted machine into working place. Makes power connections and starts machine. Moves levers to force shovel into pile, lift and revolve shovel, and dump contents into mine car or onto conveyor. Advances machine into pile as digging progresses. Lubricates, adjusts, and repairs machine.


Should I be a Mechanical Shovel Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • How to Become a
    Mechanical Shovel Operator

    Most Mechanical Shovel 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:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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