Continuous Mining Machine Operators

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Continuous Mining Machine Operators

Continuous Mining Machine Operators - Preparation

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.

On-the-job training

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.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.