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Underground production and development miners

National Occupation Code (NOC): 8231

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.

Job Duties for Underground production and development miners

  • 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.

Working Conditions for Underground production and development miners

Work is performed in underground mines. The environment is extremely dangerous and requires careful attention to safety measures to prevent injury from explosives, loud noises, potentially harmful chemical substances and large, moving mining equipment.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Apprentice Miner
  • Bench Blaster - Underground Mining
  • Blast Hole Driller - Underground Mining
  • Blaster - Underground Mining
  • Blockholer - Underground Mining
  • Bolter Operator - Underground Mining
  • Brine Well Tender
  • Chute Blaster
  • Chute Blaster - Underground Mining
  • Coal Miner
  • Continuous Mining Machine Operator
  • Core Driller
  • Core Driller - Underground Mining
  • Core-drill Operator
  • Core-drill Operator - Underground Mining
  • Cutting Machine Operator - Underground Mining
  • Development Miner
  • Diamond Driller - Underground Mining
  • Diamond-drill Operator
  • Diamond-drill Runner - Underground Mining
  • Diamond-point Drill Operator
  • Diesel Loaderman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Downhole Loader - Underground Mining
  • Drift Driller - Underground Mining
  • Drift Miner
  • Driller - Underground Mining
  • Drilling Machine Operator - Underground Mining
  • Faceman/woman - Coal Mine
  • Hang-up Blaster - Underground Mining
  • Hardrock Miner
  • Hardrock Miner Apprentice
  • High-raise Blaster
  • Hoist Operator - Underground Mining
  • Hoistman/woman Underground Mining
  • Hydraulic Coal Monitor Operator
  • In-hole Drill Operator - Underground Mining
  • ITH (in-the-hole) Driller
  • Jack Leg Drill Operator - Underground Mining
  • Jumbo Drill Operator
  • Jumbo Drill Operator - Underground Mining
  • LHD (load-haul-dump) Operator - Underground Mining
  • Load-haul-dump (LHD) Operator - Underground Mining
  • Loading Machine Operator - Underground Mining
  • Long-hole Blaster - Underground Mining
  • Long-hole Driller - Underground Mining
  • Longwall Coal Shearer Operator
  • Miner
  • Mining Machine Operator
  • Mucker - Underground Mining
  • Mucking Machine Operator
  • Mucking Machine Operator - Underground Mining
  • Potash Miner
  • Powderman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Production Driller
  • Production Loader Operator
  • Production Miner
  • Raise Boring Machine Operator - Underground Mining
  • Raise Driller - Underground Mining
  • Raise Miner
  • Raiseman/woman
  • Ring Drill Operator
  • Roadheader Operator
  • Rockbolter
  • Roof Bolter
  • Rotary Raise Driller - Underground Mining
  • Scoop Operator - Underground Mining
  • Scooptram Operator
  • Scooptram Operator - Underground Mining
  • Shaft Driller
  • Shaft Inspector
  • Shaft Miner
  • Shearer Operator - Underground Mining
  • Shearing Machine Operator - Underground Mining
  • Shot Firer
  • Shot Firer - Underground Mining
  • Shotman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Slusher Operator - Underground Mining
  • Soft Rock Miner
  • Stope Driller - Underground Mining
  • Stope Miner
  • Undercutter Operator - Underground Mining
  • Wagon Drill Operator - Underground Mining
  • Blaster - Underground Mining
  • Chute Blaster - Underground Mining
  • Diamond Driller - Underground Mining
  • Drift Miner
  • Driller - Underground Mining
  • Hardrock Miner Apprentice
  • Hoist Operator - Underground Mining
  • Miner
  • Mining Machine Operator
  • Powderman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Raise Miner
  • Roadheader Operator
  • Scooptram Operator
  • Shaft Inspector

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