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Details for Roof Bolters, Mining


Description

Operate machinery to install roof support bolts in underground mine.

Tasks

  • Drill bolt holes into roofs at specified distances from ribs or adjacent bolts.
  • Force bolts into holes, using hydraulic mechanisms of self-propelled bolting machines.
  • Remove drill bits from chucks after drilling holes, then insert bolts into chucks.
  • Test bolts for specified tension, using torque wrenches.
  • Position safety jacks to support underground mine roofs until bolts can be installed.
  • Position bolting machines, and insert drill bits into chucks.
  • Rotate chucks to turn bolts and open expansion heads against rock formations.
  • Install truss bolts traversing entire ceiling spans.
  • Tighten ends of anchored truss bolts, using turnbuckles.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

Skills

  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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