Profession underground miner
Underground miners perform a wide range of ancillary underground mining operations such as inspections, conveyor attendance and the transport of equipment and consumable materials from the surface to the point of extraction underground.
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- Realistic / Conventional
- Health and safety hazards underground
The rules and risks affecting health and safety when working underground.
- 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 a range of underground mining equipment
Operate underground mining equipment, such as ventilation and transport systems.
- Operate hydraulic pumps
Operate hydraulic pumping systems.
- Work ergonomically
Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
- 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.
- Perform minor repairs to equipment
Conduct routine maintenance on equipment. Recognise and identify minor defects in equipment and make repairs if appropriate.
- Operate mining tools
Operate and maintain a wide range of hand-held and powered mining tools and equipment.
Optional knowledge and skillselectricity react to events in time-critical environments mechanics geology operate drilling equipment
Common job titles
- Underground construction miner
- Underground miner
- Underground coal miner
- Underground operations trainer
- Underground training & mine rescue coordinator
- Inexperienced underground coal miner
- Underground coal miner - longwall