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Loading Machine Operators, Underground Mining

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Operate underground loading machine to load coal, ore, or rock into shuttle or mine car or onto conveyors. Loading equipment may include power shovels, hoisting engines equipped with cable-drawn scraper or scoop, or machines equipped with gathering arms and conveyor.


  • Despite little or no change in employment, numerous job openings will be created by the need to replace workers who leave this very large occupation.
  • Most jobs require little work experience or training.
  • Pay is low for many positions, and the seasonal nature of the work may reduce earnings.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $45,580/yr ($22.79/hr)
Job Outlook Below Average
Education High School diploma