Work at opposite ends of coal strata.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $57,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tailers do?

Works at opposite end of coal strata assisting LONG-WALL-MINING-MACHINE TENDER to advance plow blade through face of coal in underground or surface mine: Pulls levers to adjust depth of penetration of blade. Signals LONG-WALL-MINING-MACHINE TENDER by electronic buzzer or two-way radio when machine plow blade is properly positioned. Adjusts and makes minor repairs to equipment, using handtools. May assist in positioning jacks, timbers, or roof supports to prevent cave-ins when working underground.

Should I be a Tailer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Tunnel Mucker

    How to become a Tailer

    Most Tailers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaiaa&chl=no+college+%2877%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,77,77
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