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Continuous Mining Machine Operators - 47-5041.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate self-propelled mining machines that rip coal, metal and nonmetal ores, rock, stone, or sand from the mine face and load it onto conveyors, shuttle cars, or trucks in a continuous operation.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bore Miner Operator
  • Continuous Miner
  • Continuous Miner Operator (CMO)
  • Continuous Mining Machine Operator
  • Continuous Mining Operator (CMO)
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Loader Operator
  • Mine Technician
  • Mine Utility Operator
  • Miner Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

47-0000 Construction and Extraction Occupations
47-5000 Extraction Workers
47-5040 Underground Mining Machine Operators
47-5041.00 Continuous Mining Machine Operators

Related Occupations


  • Apply new technologies developed to minimize the environmental impact of coal mining.
  • Check the stability of roof and rib support systems before mining face areas.
  • Conduct methane gas checks to ensure breathing quality of air.
  • Determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut.
  • Drive machines into position at working faces.
  • Guide and assist crews laying track and resetting supports and blocking.
  • Hang ventilation tubing and ventilation curtains to ensure that the mining face area is kept properly ventilated.
  • Install casings to prevent cave-ins.
  • Move controls to start and regulate movement of conveyors and to start and position drill cutters or torches.
  • Move levers to raise and lower hydraulic safety bars supporting roofs above machines until other workers complete framing.
  • Observe and listen to equipment operation to detect binding or stoppage of tools or other equipment malfunctions.
  • Operate mining machines to gather coal and convey it to floors or shuttle cars.
  • Repair, oil, and adjust machines, and change cutting teeth, using wrenches.
  • Reposition machines to make additional holes or cuts.
  • Scrape or wash conveyors, using belt scrapers or belt washers, to minimize dust production.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Apply new technologies to improve work processes.
  • Assist skilled construction or extraction personnel.
  • Clean equipment or facilities.
  • Determine appropriate locations for operations or installations.
  • Direct construction or extraction personnel.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper installation.
  • Install safety or support equipment.
  • Maintain extraction or excavation equipment.
  • Monitor extraction operations.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate mining equipment.
  • Position construction or extraction equipment.
  • Position safety or support equipment.
  • Test air quality at work sites.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Cannon Crewmember (Army - Enlisted)
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  • Combat Engineer (Army - Enlisted)
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  • Equipment Operator (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Quarrying Specialist (RC) (Army - Enlisted)
  • Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Continuous-Mining-Machine Operator