Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 47-5061 Roof Bolters, Mining
Operate machinery to install roof support bolts in underground mine.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Drill bolt holes into roofs at specified distances from ribs or adjacent bolts. Force bolts into holes, using hydraulic mechanisms of self-propelled bolting machines. Remove drill bits from chucks after drilling holes, then insert bolts into chucks. Test bolts for specified tension, using torque wrenches. Position safety jacks to support underground mine roofs until bolts can be installed. Position bolting machines, and insert drill bits into chucks. Rotate chucks to turn bolts and open expansion heads against rock formations. Install truss bolts traversing entire ceiling spans.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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