Shale Planer Operator

Operate track-mounted machines to cut shale from wall face of pits.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$28,000 – $59,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shale Planer Operators do?

Operates track-mounted machine to cut shale from wall face of pit and tends continuous conveyor system used for loading shale in dinkey car or dump truck: Guides and assists crew in resetting planer rails, supports, and blocking from back to front of planer, using jacks, shovel, sledgehammer and pinch bar. Drives machine over rails to pit face. Moves planer levers to control depth of cut and to rotate swivel cutting boom as shale is depleted from area. Presses button to activate conveyor belt and pushes or pulls chain handles to regulate conveyor movement. Lubricates and maintains machine, using handtools, replacement parts, and grease gun.


Should I be a Shale Planer Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Bore Miner Operator, Dozer Operator, Jet-Piercer Operator, Miner Operator, Shield Operator

    How to become a Shale Planer Operator

    Most Shale Planer 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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