Continuous Mining Machine Operators

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Bore Miner Operator, Continuous Miner, Continuous Miner Operator (CMO), Continuous Mining Machine Operator, Continuous Mining Operator (CMO), Equipment Operator, Heavy Equipment Operator, Loader Operator, Mine Technician, Mine Utility Operator, Miner, Miner Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Continuous Mining Machine Operators in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Continuous Mining Machine Operators is projected to Decline 12 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -12.3%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #18 in job growth rate
  • 60

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #8 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5%)
  • Associate's degree (6.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (23.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (53.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (11.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Position safety or support equipment.
  • Test air quality at work sites.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
  • Operate mining equipment.
  • Position construction or extraction equipment.
  • Determine appropriate locations for operations or installations.
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