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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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

  • Troubleshoot

    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 skills

electricity react to events in time-critical environments operate front loader mechanics geology

Common job titles

  • Mobile equipment operator
  • Underground operations trainer
  • Underground training & mine rescue coordinator
  • Underground construction miner
  • Surface miner ii- pit loader operator, leesburg plant
  • Surface miner i
  • Training officer 3
  • Dozer operator
  • Serviceman - surface miner ii
  • Post-doctoral associate