Skills Undercutter Operator - Underground Mining near Saanich (BC)

Find out what skills you typically need to work as an undercutter operator - underground mining in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Underground production and development miners (NOC 8231).


People working in this occupation usually apply the following skill set.

  • 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
  • Perform routine maintenance of mining equipment

Skills and knowledge

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.

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