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Roof Bolters, Mining

Also called: Inby (Roof Bolter), Roof Bolter, Roof Bolter Operator, Underground Coal Miner (Roof Bolter)

What they do:
Operate machinery to install roof support bolts in underground mine.
On the job, you would:
  • Drill bolt holes into roofs at specified distances from ribs or adjacent bolts.
  • Force bolts into holes, using hydraulic mechanisms of self-propelled bolting machines.
  • Remove drill bits from chucks after drilling holes and insert bolts into chucks.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Safety and Government
  • law and government


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
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Reaction Time and Speed
  • quickly move your hand, finger, or foot based on a sound, light, picture or other command
  • make fast, simple, repeated movements of your fingers, hands, and wrists
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Caterpillar Cat MineStar System
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
Industrial control software
  • Caterpillar Command


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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