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Continuous Mining Machine Operators

Also called: Continuous Miner Operator (CMO), Continuous Mining Machine Operator, Miner, Miner Operator

What they do:
Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.
On the job, you would:
  • Operate mining machines to gather coal and convey it to floors or shuttle cars.
  • Determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut.
  • Reposition machines to make additional holes or cuts.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
  • building and construction
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Hearing and Speech
  • tell the difference between sounds


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Concern for Others
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Leadership
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Mobile location based services software
  • Fleet monitoring system software
  • Hitachi ZXLink


Education: (rated 1 of 5)
no high school diploma/GED or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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