Profession surface miner
Surface miners perform a wide range of ancillary surface mining operations, often involving a high level of spatial awareness, such as pumping, dust suppression and the transport of materials including sand, stone and clay to the point of production.
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- Realistic / Investigative
- Realistic / Conventional
- Realistic / Enterprising
- Excavation techniques
The methods to remove rock and soil, used in an excavation site and the associated risks.
- Impact of geological factors on mining operations
Be aware of the impact of geological factors, such as faults and rock movements, on mining operations.
- Operate mining tools
Operate and maintain a wide range of hand-held and powered mining tools and equipment.
- Operate hydraulic pumps
Operate hydraulic pumping systems.
- Perform minor repairs to equipment
Conduct routine maintenance on equipment. Recognise and identify minor defects in equipment and make repairs if appropriate.
- Address problems critically
Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.
Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.
- Work ergonomically
Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
- Drive vehicles
Be able to drive vehicles; have the approapriate type of driving license according to the type of motor vehicle used.
Optional knowledge and skillselectricity react to events in time-critical environments operate front loader mechanics geology
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