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Helpers--Extraction Workers

Also called: Coal Miner, Driller Helper, Driller's Assistant, Powderman

What they do:
Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe and monitor equipment operation during the extraction process to detect any problems.
  • Drive moving equipment to transport materials and parts to excavation sites.
  • Unload materials, devices, and machine parts, using hand tools.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Transportation
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

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

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
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
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
Spatial
  • imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Microsoft Office
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Miner I (Mine and Quarry)

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$35,710
$24,830
$51,070

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