Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 47-5041 Continuous Mining Machine Operators
Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.
Education: Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
Tasks: 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. 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.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
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