8411 Underground Mine Service and Support Workers
Underground mine service and support workers perform a range of duties related to the operation of ore passes, chutes and conveyor systems, the construction and support of underground structures, passages and roadways, and the supply of materials and supplies to support underground mining.
mine construction worker
raise miner helper
Occupations in this group are characterized by the following aptitudes, interests and worker functions as they relate to main duties:
- General learning ability to operate and maintain ore chutes and conveyor systems to control the flow of ore and coal in underground mines
- Motor co-ordination and manual dexterity to attach and extend ventilation and water pipes and perform related mine services, and to supply and maintain backfill distribution of sand, rock and other materials
- Objective interest in operating construction equipment such as bulldozers, graders and backhoes to build and maintain underground passages and haulageways, in using construction and mining tools to construct and repair wood and metal supports and structures, and in operating diesel and electric track haulage equipment, such as ore trains, to distribute personnel and supplies and to convey ore from ore passes to primary crushers and skips
- Methodical interest in comparing information to maintain supply storage areas and equipment and supplies such as explosives, drill bits, fire extinguishers, lamps and batteries; and in performing routine maintenance
- Directive interest in assisting miners in setting up and operating drilling and other mining machinery
4Total visual field
4Other body positions
2Multiple limb co-ordination
L2Unregulated inside climate
H3Equipment, machinery, tools
H6Flying particles, falling objects
- Completion of secondary school is usually required.
- Previous formal training of up to six weeks followed by periods of on-the-job training as a helper or in support occupations is usually required.
- Previous experience as a mine labourer is usually required.
- May be certified in the basic common core program in Ontario.
- Company licensing or certification is often required for occupations in this group.
Coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines
Mobility is possible to other occupational groups in underground mining.
There is mobility between employers within each of the three following sectors: underground coal mining, underground hard rock mining and underground potash, salt or soft rock mining.
Mobility between these sectors is somewhat limited by differences in production technologies.
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