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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.
  • Pull down loose rock that cannot be supported.
  • Position bolting machines, and insert drill bits into chucks.
  • Perform safety checks on equipment before operating.
  • Perform tests to determine if methane gas is present.
  • Force bolts into holes, using hydraulic mechanisms of self-propelled bolting machines.
  • Perform ventilation tasks, such as hanging ventilation curtains and tubes.
  • Dust rocks after bolting.
  • Install various types of bolts including truss, glue, and resin bolts, traversing entire ceiling spans.
  • Drill test holes and test bolts for specified tension, using torque wrenches.
  • Position safety jacks to support underground mine roofs until bolts can be installed.
  • Rotate chucks to turn bolts and open expansion heads against rock formations.
  • Remove drill bits from chucks after drilling holes and insert bolts into chucks.
  • 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

  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

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

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