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Underground production and development miners drill, blast, operate mining machinery, and perform related duties to extract coal and ore in underground mines and to construct tunnels, passageways and shafts to facilitate mining operations. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral underground mines and by specialized contractors in mine construction, shaft sinking and tunnelling.
blaster – underground mining, chute blaster, diamond driller – underground mining, drift miner, driller – underground mining, faceman/woman – coal mine, hoist operator – underground mining, jumbo drill operator, miner, mining machine operator, mucking machine operator, raise miner, roadheader operator, scooptram operator, shaft inspector, shot firer.
- Set up and operate drills and drilling machines to produce a designated pattern of blasting holes
- Operate diamond drills or other specialized drills such as raise boring machinery to test geological formations or to produce underground passageways
- Set up and operate mining machinery to shear coal, rock or ore from the working face
- Load explosives, set fuses, and detonate explosives to produce desired blasting patterns and rock fragmentation in underground mines
- Operate scooptram, load-haul-dump (LHD) machine or mucking machine to load and haul ore from stopes, drifts and drawpoints to ore passes
- Perform duties required to ensure safety and to support the mining advance, such as scaling loose rock from walls and roof, drilling and installing rock bolts, extending and installing air and water pipes, operating ore loading machinery, inspecting mine shafts, operating hoists that transport people, equipment and materials through mine shafts, and constructing timber supports and cribbing if required
- Perform routine maintenance of mining machinery.
Outlook & Prospects for Underground Production and Development Miners in Northwest Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Jul 15 - Jul 19, 2013
- North Slave Metis Alliance has signed an Impact Benefit Agreement for the Gahcho Kue diamond mine. The mine, located 280 km northeast of Yellowknife, would create 400 permanent jobs if developed.
- The federal government has released a new batch of petroleum exploration licenses for the NWT, including four in Gwich'in territory
- Fort William First Nation will host a Mining Conference March 25-26 at the community centre on Anemki Drive in Thunder Bay
- Union Gas Limited completed a $40M pipeline project to deliver natural gas to homes and businesses in the Municipality of Red Lake
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