Sand Filler

Fill stopes with sand to prevent cave-ins.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sand Fillers do?

Fills stopes with sand to prevent cave-ins of ground surrounding worked out areas: Opens pipe valves to pump sand, waste minerals, and water resulting from treatment of ore, until stopes are filled sufficiently to support walls and roofs. Switches flow from one stope to another to allow time for water to drain off. Plugs holes and cracks in stope with burlap bags and scrap timber to prevent sand from leaking out when dry. May install temporary pipelines from slurry main to distribute slurry in several stopes consecutively.

Should I be a Sand Filler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Sander-Up

    How to become a Sand Filler

    Most Sand Fillers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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