What do Continuous Mining Machine Operators do?
Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.
- Operate mining machines to gather coal and convey it to floors or shuttle cars.
- Determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut.
- Reposition machines to make additional holes or cuts.
- Drive machines into position at working faces.
- Move controls to start and regulate movement of conveyors and to start and position drill cutters or torches.
- Observe and listen to equipment operation to detect binding or stoppage of tools or other equipment malfunctions.
- Repair, oil, and adjust machines, and change cutting teeth, using wrenches.
- Move levers to raise and lower hydraulic safety bars supporting roofs above machines until other workers complete framing.
- Install casings to prevent cave-ins.
- Guide and assist crews laying track and resetting supports and blocking.
- Apply new technologies developed to minimize the environmental impact of coal mining.
- Scrape or wash conveyors, using belt scrapers or belt washers, to minimize dust production.
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