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Roof Bolters, Mining

Also called: Bolter, Roof Bolter, Roof Bolter Operator, Underground 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.
  • Pull down loose rock that cannot be supported.
  • Position bolting machines, and insert drill bits into chucks.


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


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
  • do two or more things at the same time
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath


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
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

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


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

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