Also known as Coal Hauler Operator, Load Haul Dump Operator (LHD Operator), Loader Operator, Loading Machine Operator, Miner Operator, Muck Hauler, Production Miner, Ram Car Operator, Shuttle Car Operator, Under Ground Miner
Also known as Coal Hauler Operator, Load Haul Dump Operator (LHD Operator), Loader Operator
Miner Operators operate underground loading or moving machine to load or move coal, ore, or rock using shuttle or mine car or conveyors.
In addition, Miner Operators equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.
Miner Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Miner Operators. More generally, Miner Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Miner Operator is $56,640, and the average salary is $56,100. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Miner Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Miner Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Miner Operators earn less than $36,750 per year, 25% earn less than $46,750, 75% earn less than $64,010, and 90% earn less than $75,630.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Miner Operators is expected to change by -5.7%, and there should be roughly 400 open positions for Miner Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Miner Operator are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Miner Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Miner Operators typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Miner Operator tend to value Support, Working Conditions, and Independence.
Most importantly, Miner Operators strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Miner Operators moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Lastly, Miner Operators somewhat value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Miner Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, concern for others, and dependability.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Miner Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as a Miner Operator usually requires a high school diploma.
Miner Operators need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Miner Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, education and training, or administration and management knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Miner Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Miner Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Miner Operators need abilities such as control precision, multilimb coordination, and depth perception in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Miner Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Miner Operators frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and active listening to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Miner Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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