Also known as Bore Miner Operator, Continuous Miner, Continuous Miner Operator (CMO), Continuous Mining Machine Operator, Continuous Mining Operator (CMO), Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Mine Technician, Mine Utility Operator, Miner Operator
Also known as Bore Miner Operator, Continuous Miner, Continuous Miner Operator (CMO)
Mining Machine Operators 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, shuttle cars, or trucks in a continuous operation.
Mining Machine Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Mining Machine Operators. More generally, Mining Machine Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Mining Machine Operator is $56,920, and the average salary is $58,340. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Mining Machine Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Mining Machine Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Mining Machine Operators earn less than $38,870 per year, 25% earn less than $46,190, 75% earn less than $69,830, and 90% earn less than $80,110.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Mining Machine Operators is expected to change by 5.9%, and there should be roughly 1,900 open positions for Mining Machine Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Mining Machine Operator are usually higher in their Realistic interests.
Mining Machine Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Mining Machine Operator tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Mining Machine Operators strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Mining Machine Operators moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Mining Machine Operators moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Mining Machine Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and initiative.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Mining Machine Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as a Mining Machine Operator usually requires a high school diploma.
Mining Machine Operators need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Mining Machine Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, production and processing, or law and government knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Mining Machine Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Mining Machine Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Mining Machine Operators need abilities such as control precision, arm-hand steadiness, and problem sensitivity in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Mining Machine Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Mining Machine Operators frequently use skills like operation and control, operations monitoring, and equipment maintenance to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Mining Machine Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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