Continuous Mining Machine Operators
Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation.
Determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut.
Drive machines into position at working faces.
Move controls to start and regulate movement of conveyors, and to start and position drill cutters or torches.
Move levers to raise and lower hydraulic safety bars that support roofs above machines until other workers complete their framing.
Observe and listen to equipment operation to detect binding or stoppage of tools and other equipment malfunctions.
Reposition machines to make additional holes or cuts.
Start machines to gather coal and convey it to floors or shuttle cars.
Guide and assist crews laying track and resetting supports and blocking.
Install casings to prevent cave-ins.
Repair, oil, and adjust machines, and change cutting teeth, using wrenches.
Mechanical -- Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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.
Repairing -- Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Coordination -- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Control Precision -- The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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.
Controlling Machines and Processes -- Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment -- Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
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.
Handling and Moving Objects -- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings -- Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
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.