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Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining

Also called: Load Haul Dump Operator (LHD Operator), Loader Operator, Loading Machine Operator, Shuttle Car Operator

What they do:
Operate underground loading machine to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttle or mine car or onto conveyors. Loading equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.
On the job, you would:
  • Pry off loose material from roofs and move it into the paths of machines, using crowbars.
  • Move trailing electrical cables clear of obstructions, using rubber safety gloves.
  • Drive machines into piles of material blasted from working faces.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
  • management
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Facilities management software
  • Maintenance management software
Time accounting software
  • Work time accounting software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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