Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 53-7033 Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining
Operate underground loading machine to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttle or mine car or onto conveyors. Loading equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.
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: Pry off loose material from roofs and move it into the paths of machines, using crowbars. Move trailing electrical cables clear of obstructions, using rubber safety gloves. Drive machines into piles of material blasted from working faces. Operate levers to move conveyor booms or shovels so that mine contents such as coal, rock, and ore can be placed into cars or onto conveyors. Clean hoppers, and clean spillage from tracks, walks, driveways, and conveyor decking. Oil, lubricate, and adjust conveyors, crushers, and other equipment, using hand tools and lubricating equipment. Replace hydraulic hoses, headlight bulbs, and gathering-arm teeth.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
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Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $16.40   Entry $34,126.00
Mean $19.08   Mean $39,698.00
Experience $20.42 Experience $42,478.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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