CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Continuous Mining Machine Operators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Continuous Mining Machine Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors or into shuttle cars in a continuous operation. Operate mining machines to gather coal and convey it to floors or shuttle cars.
 
Determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut.
 
Reposition machines to make additional holes or cuts.
 
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.
 
Observe and listen to equipment operation to detect binding or stoppage of tools or other equipment malfunctions.
 
Repair, oil, and adjust machines, and change cutting teeth, using wrenches.
 
Move levers to raise and lower hydraulic safety bars supporting roofs above machines until other workers complete framing.
 
Install casings to prevent cave-ins.
 
Guide and assist crews laying track and resetting supports and blocking.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Continuous Mining Machine Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Continuous Mining Machine Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Continuous Mining Machine Operators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
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.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Glare Sensitivity The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Speed of Limb Movement The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Continuous Mining Machine Operators
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Fleet monitoring system software Mobile location based services software
 
Hitachi ZXLink Mobile location based services software
 
Leica Geosystems FMS Mobile location based services software
 
15/16 wrenches Open end wrenches
 
Adjustable hand wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Belt conveyor systems Belt conveyors
 
Boom roof bolters Boom bolters
 
Channel lock pliers Locking pliers
 
Continuous miners Continuous mining equipment
 
Continuous mining machine remote controls Continuous mining equipment
 
Grease fittings Grease fitting
 
Grease guns Grease guns
 
Hammer drills Power drills
 
Hydraulic jacks Jacks
 
Long handle shovels Shovels
 
Measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Methane monitors Single gas monitors
 
Miner's helmets Hard hats
 
Phillips head screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Protective ear muffs Ear muffs
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Safety goggles Goggles
 
Self-contained breathing apparatus Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories
 
Shuttle cars Bulk material carriers
 
Sledgehammers Hammers
 
Straight screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Tracked bulldozers Track bulldozers
 
Ventilation systems Air exhausters
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Continuous Mining Machine Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Less than a High School Diploma
 
On-the-Job Training Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
Related Work Experience Over 4 years, up to and including 6 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Continuous Mining Machine Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Continuous Miner Operator (CMO)
Continuous Mining Machine Coal Miner
Continuous Mining Machine Company Miner
Continuous Mining Machine Contract Miner
Continuous Mining Machine Lode Miner
Continuous Mining Machine Operator
Longwall Foreman
Miner
Miner Operator
Self-Propelled Mining Machine Operator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Mining
Job Family: Mining
Benchmark Title: Continuous Mining Machine Operators
 
 
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