Mine Cutting & Channeling Machine Operators
Also called: Coal Miner, Longwall Shearer Operator, Miner Operator, Shear Operator
What they do:Operate machinery such as longwall shears, plows, and cutting machines to cut or channel along the face or seams of coal mines, stone quarries, or other mining surfaces to facilitate blasting, separating, or removing minerals or materials from mines or from the Earth's surface. Includes shale planers.
On the job, you would:
- Position jacks, timbers, or roof supports, and install casings, to prevent cave-ins.
- Reposition machines and move controls to make additional holes or cuts.
- Cut entries between rooms and haulage ways.
Engineering and Technology
Safety and Government
- public safety and security
- thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
- listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
- noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
- 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
Hearing and Speech
- tell the difference between sounds
- recognize spoken words
Ideas and Logic
- notice when problems happen
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
- Self Control
- Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Analytical or scientific software
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Analysis of Longwall Pillar Stability ALPS
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Analysis of Roof Bolt Systems ARBS
Industrial control software
- Joy Mining Machinery JOY FACEBOSS