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Loading Machine Operator

Job Summary

Responsible for loading coal, rock, or ore into an underground loading machine. Loads materials into shuttle or mine car.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Load objects such as coal and rock into shuttle or mine car using an underground loading machine.
  • Utilize equipment such as power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.
  • Put loosened material from roof into machines.
  • Operate levers to move conveyor booms or shovels so that mine contents such as coal, rock, and ore can be placed into cars or onto conveyors.
  • Repair or replace bulbs, gathering arm teeth, and hydraulic hoses.
  • Gather material and place it onto cars.
  • Clean debris from hoppers.
  • Clean up debris from conveyors and crushers.
  • Adjust conveyors and crushers as needed.
  • Oil and lubricate belts, conveyors, and other equipment.
  • Remove trailing cables.
  • Remove all obstructions using safety equipment.
  • Operate winch to place cars under boom-conveyors.
  • Start conveyor booms.
  • Operate gathering-arm motors.