Scraper Loader Operator

Operate cable-drawn scrapers to load coals, ores, or rocks into mine cars.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $67,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Scraper Loader Operators do?

Operates hoisting engine and cable-drawn scraper or scoop, to load coal, ore, or rock into mine cars or onto conveyor in underground mine: Moves hoist into working place on car and sets up on timber foundation. Sets up snatch blocks and eyebolt, and anchors firmly to post or wall. Connects electric power lines and starts hoist. Moves levers to activate cable which drags scraper into face of ore, then drags full scraper to mine car for dumping. Moves hoist from place to place, using mine car. Lubricates, adjusts, and repairs engine and auxiliary equipment.


Should I be a Scraper Loader Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Grapple-Yarder Operator, Shovel-Loader Operator, Stiff Leg Operator

    How to become a Scraper Loader Operator

    Most Scraper Loader 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:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2868%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,68,68
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