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Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Position jacks, timbers, or roof supports, and install casings, to prevent cave-ins.
    • Move planer levers to control and adjust the movement of equipment, the speed, height, and depth of cuts, and to rotate swivel cutting booms.
    • Reposition machines and move controls to make additional holes or cuts.
    • Cut entries between rooms and haulage ways.
    • Cut slots along working faces of coal, salt, or other non-metal deposits to facilitate blasting, by moving levers to start the machine, and to control the vertical reciprocating drills.
    • Signal that machine plow blades are properly positioned, using electronic buzzers or two-way radios.
    • Drive mobile, truck-mounted, or track-mounted drilling or cutting machine in mines and quarries or on construction sites.
    • Observe indicator lights and gauges, and listen to machine operation to detect binding or stoppage of tools or other equipment problems.
    • Move controls to start and position drill cutters or torches and advance tools into mines or quarry faces to complete horizontal or vertical cuts.
    • Advance plow blades through coal strata by remote control, according to electronic or radio signals from the tailer.
    • Replace worn or broken tools and machine bits and parts, using wrenches, pry bars, and other hand tools, and lubricate machines, using grease guns.
    • Press buttons to activate conveyor belts, and push or pull chain handles to regulate conveyor movement so that material can be moved or loaded into dinkey cars or dump trucks.
    • Determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut.
    • Signal crew members to adjust the speed of equipment to the rate of installation of roof supports, and to adjust the speed of conveyors to the volume of coal.
    • Remove debris such as loose shale from channels and planer travel areas.
    • Charge and set off explosives in blasting holes.
    • Signal truck drivers to position their vehicles for receiving shale from planer hoppers.
    • Monitor movement of shale along conveyors from hoppers to trucks or railcars.
    • Guide and assist crews in laying track for machines and resetting planer rails, supports, and blocking, using jacks, shovels, sledges, picks, and pinch bars.
    • Free jams in planer hoppers, using metal pinch bars.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Multilimb Coordination

      The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Public Safety and Security

      Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

    • Law and Government

      Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $50,160/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $24.11/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 200
    • Yearly Projected Openings 20
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence
    Tools
    • Pry bars
    • Jacks
    • Continuous mining equipment
    • Blow torch
    • Belt conveyors
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Industrial control software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.