Stripping Shovel Oiler

Lubricate stripping shovels used to remove overburden at strip mine.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stripping Shovel Oilers do?

Lubricates stripping shovel used to remove overburden at strip mine or open pit: Observes panel to determine efficiency of automatic lubrication system. Heats dope in dope box and sprays lubricant onto gears and other moving parts. Oils and greases shovel while in operation, using hand grease gun and oilcan. Inspects parts, such as swing pinions, boom pins, hoist gears, brakes, boom cable, and supports to detect wear. Records production, repairs, and downtime. May start driving mechanism of shovel and guide shovel into working position. May operate stripping shovel [STRIPPING-SHOVEL OPERATOR]. May lubricate other mining and quarrying equipment and be designated Dragline Oiler; Walking-Dragline Oiler.


Should I be a Stripping Shovel Oiler?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Steam Shovel Oiler

    How to become a Stripping Shovel Oiler

    Most Stripping Shovel Oilers 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:9facaa&chl=no+college+%2864%25%29|certificate+%2832%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|bachelor%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,64,64
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