Continuous Mining Machine Operator Job Description

A Continuous Mining Machine Operator must operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores.

Primary Objectives:

  • The Continuous Mining Machine Operator determines locations, boundaries and depths of holes or channels to be cut out.
  • The Continuous Mining Machine Operator is responsible to drive the machinery to work.
  • The Continuous Mining Machine Operator must know how to set the machinery when he is mining through rock, stone, or sand instead of the coal or metal.

The Continuous Mining Machine Operator operates a self-propelled mining machine that will rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, as well as, rock, stone, or sand from the face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation. The Continuous Mining Machine Operator must determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut. The Mining machine operator is responsible to drive the machine in position at work. The Mining Machine Operator moves the controls to start and regulate movement of conveyors, and to start and position drill cutters or torches. The Mining Machine Operator must know how to move levers to rise and lower hydraulic safety bars that support roofs above machines until other workers complete their framing. This is a very important step in mining such things as coal, metal or nonmetal orders. The Mining Machine Operator knows that safety is of the utmost concern for the employees who will be removing the materials that he has just loosened. The Mining Machine Operator must observe and listen to equipment operation to detect binding stoppage of tools and other equipment malfunctions. The Mining Machine Operator repositions machines to make additional holes or cuts whenever it is necessary.

The Mining Machine Operator must reposition machines to make additional holes or cuts. This function is carried on throughout the day. The Mining Machine Operator starts the machines to gather coal and convey it to floors or shuttle cars. The crew is very instrumental in getting the coal onto the conveyor belt and out the Mining shaft. The Mining Machine Operator guides and assists crews laying tracks and reselling supports and blocking. The Mining machine Operator must install casings to prevent cave-ins. Since cave-ins are a common thing when Mining is essential that the Mining Machine Operator, keeps his eyes open for any possibilities that might happen. He knows that the life of his workers may depend upon his ability to detect when casing are needed to be set for their protection.

The machinery used is very temperamental and must have great care. The Mining Machine Operator keeps all machinery repaired and oil. The Mining Machine Operator at Joss machines and changes cutting teeth, using wrenches. The repair and maintenance of his equipment is the essential of part of his job. The Mining Machine Operator, must have knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair and maintenance. The Mining Machine Operator must perform routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed. He also must have the capability of repairing machines or systems using the proper tools. Coordination in the equipment is vital, that is why making adjustments in relation to the actions of others is very important To the Mining Machine Operator.

The Mining Machine Operator must have the ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact position. The Mining Machine Operator must have the ability to coordinate two or more limbs or example to arms, two legs or one leg and one on while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities, while the whole body is in motion. The Mining Machine Operator must be very flexible and agile and order to operate the machinery at a moment’s notice.

The Mining Machine Operator uses either control mechanisms or direct, physical activity to operate machines or processes. The Mining Machine Operator must be capable of running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or watercraft. The Mining Machine Operator must be able to use both hands and arms and handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. The Mining Machine Operator monitors and reviews information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. He then is able to determine when and where to relocate his machinery.

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