Rock Dust Sprayer

Spray rock dust onto walls, roof, and floor of underground mine workings.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$26,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rock Dust Sprayers do?

Sprays water or rock dust onto walls, roof, and floor of underground mine workings to mix with coal dust deposits and prevent explosions, using portable compressed-air pump and hose. Mixes rock dust with water and sprays slurry during working hours, to reduce amount of suspended coal dust in air while miners are present.


Should I be a Rock Dust Sprayer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Duck Bill Operator, Duck Operator, Sand Digger, Spragger, Timber Robber

    How to become a Rock Dust Sprayer

    Rock Dust Sprayers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Rock Dust Sprayer-related education!
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