To work as a mining machine operator, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- be at least 18 years old; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some people train to be mining machine operators by taking formal training. A few professional-technical and two-year schools offer mine technology courses. Most of these schools are in areas of the country where mining is done.
Most mining machine operators receive training on the job from an experienced worker. During training, you may first work as a helper. Training includes:
- operation and maintenance of mining machines;
- mine safety; and
- first aid.
Training usually lasts up to a year.