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53-7111.00 - Mine Shuttle Car Operators

Operate diesel or electric-powered shuttle car in underground mine to transport materials from working face to mine cars or conveyor.

Sample of reported job titles: Coal Hauler Operator, Ram Car Operator, Shuttle Car Operator

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Control conveyors that run the entire length of shuttle cars to distribute loads as loading progresses. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive loaded shuttle cars to ramps and move controls to discharge loads into mine cars or onto conveyors. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, fuel, and service equipment, and repair and replace parts as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move mine cars into position for loading and unloading, using pinchbars inserted under car wheels to position cars under loading spouts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Guide and stop cars by switching, applying brakes, or placing scotches, or wooden wedges, between wheels and rails. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Push or ride cars down slopes, or hook cars to cables and control cable drum brakes, to ease cars down inclines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Open and close bottom doors of cars to dump contents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Direct other workers to move stakes, place blocks, position anchors or cables, or move materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor loading processes to ensure that materials are loaded according to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Measure, weigh, or verify levels of rock, gravel, or other excavated material to prevent equipment overloads. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read written instructions or confer with supervisors about schedules and materials to be moved. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain records of materials moved. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Belt conveyors — Mining conveyor systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bulk material carriers — Diesel shuttle cars; Electric shuttle cars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Hearing protection plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electric actuators — Electric switch controls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Channel lock pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mining headlamp — Cap lamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Pinch bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Self-rescuers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety boots — Steel-toed boots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Protective glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety vests — Reflective vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Valve actuators — Hydraulic valve controls See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Facilities management software — Mine maintenance software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Automated systems software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

No knowledge met the minimum score.

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Skills

  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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 there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Operate locomotives or other rail vehicles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Signal others to coordinate vehicle movement. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate vehicles or material-moving equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position material handling equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Verify information or specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Weigh materials to ensure compliance with specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure product or material dimensions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain locomotives or other rail equipment in good working condition. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate conveyors or other industrial material moving equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Review work orders or schedules to determine operations or procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct material handling or moving activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate with others to coordinate material handling or movement. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor loading processes to ensure they are performed properly. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean machinery or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 98% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 93% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 41% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 69% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — 76% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 53% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 62% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 58% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 44% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 49% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 68% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 49% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 42% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 62% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 34% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 38% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 48% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 32% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 37% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training 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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
67   High school diploma or equivalent Help
19   Less than high school diploma
14   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: R

  • Realistic — 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work 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. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $26.44 hourly, $55,000 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 3,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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