Stripping-Shovel Operator

Operate stripping shovels to remove overburden at strip mine.
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Salary Range
$25,000 – $60,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stripping-Shovel Operators do?

Operates stripping shovel to remove overburden at strip mine or open pit preparatory to extracting operations: Moves levers and depresses pedals to scoop up blast-loosened dirt and rock from top of coal, ore, or rock seam and to deposit overburden in void left by preceding strip. Piles heavy rock at base and lighter materials on top to build permanent spoil pile. Signals BULLDOZER OPERATOR I, to scrape scattered rock and dirt into pile within reach of shovel. May repair and replace shovel parts, such as gears, bearings, and bucket teeth, using handtools.


Should I be a Stripping-Shovel Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Electric Scoop Operator, Steam Shovelman, Stripper Shovel Operator

    How to Become a
    Stripping-Shovel Operator

    Most Stripping-Shovel 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:9taaaa&chl=no+college+%2876%25%29|certificate+%2824%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,76,76
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