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Underground mine service and support workers

National Occupation Code (NOC): 8411

Underground mine service and support workers perform a range of duties related to the operation of orepasses, chutes and conveyor systems, the construction and support of underground structures, passages and roadways, and the supply of materials and supplies to support underground mining. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines.

Job Duties for Underground mine service and support workers

  • Operate and maintain ore chutes or conveyor systems to control flow of ore or coal in underground mine
  • Operate construction equipment such as bulldozer, grader or backhoe to build and maintain underground passages and haulageways
  • Construct and repair wood or metal supports and structures such as bulkheads, platforms, drift doors and chutes using construction and mining tools
  • Attach and extend ventilation and water pipes and related mine services
  • Assist miners in setting up and operating various drills and other mining machinery
  • Supply and maintain backfill distribution of sand, rock or other materials
  • Operate diesel or electric track haulage equipment such as ore trains to distribute personnel and supplies and to convey ore from orepass to primary crusher or skip
  • Maintain supply storage areas and maintain equipment and supplies such as explosives, drill bits, fire extinguishers, lamps and batteries
  • Perform routine maintenance of machinery.

Working Conditions for Underground mine service and support workers

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

Alternate Job Titles

  • Backfill Plant Operator - Underground Mining
  • Backfiller - Underground Mining
  • Blaster Helper - Underground Mining
  • Borer Helper - Underground Raise Mining
  • Bottom Cager - Underground Mining
  • Brattice Builder - Underground Mining
  • Bridge Operator - Underground Mining
  • Brusher - Underground Mining
  • Cage Tender
  • Cage Tender - Underground Mining
  • Chute Gate Operator - Underground Mining
  • Chute Loader - Underground Mining
  • Chute Operator - Underground Mining
  • Coal Hauler - Underground Mining
  • Construction Worker - Mines
  • Conveyor Operator - Underground Mining
  • Conveyorman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Crusher Operator - Underground Mining
  • Crusherman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Deckman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Diamond Driller Helper - Underground Mining
  • Drill Carriage Operator Helper - Underground Mining
  • Driller Helper - Underground Mining
  • Dryman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Extensible Conveyor Belt Assembler - Underground Mining
  • Footman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Haulage Truck Driver - Underground Mining
  • Haulageman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Headman/woman - Underground Mining
  • In-hole Driller Helper - Underground Mining
  • Jack Operator - Underground Mining
  • Jumbo Drill Operator Helper - Underground Mining
  • Jumbo Operator Helper - Underground Mining
  • Lamp Keeper - Underground Mining
  • Line Crew Blaster - Underground Mining
  • Loading Head Operator - Underground Mining
  • Loading Pocket Operator - Underground Mining
  • Materialman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Mine Attendant
  • Mine Construction Worker
  • Mine Motorman/woman
  • Mine Timberman/woman
  • Miner Helper - Raise Mining
  • Motorman/woman - Mines
  • Motorman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Nipper - Underground Mining
  • Ore Handling Operator - Underground Mining
  • Orepass Tender - Underground Mining
  • Pipe Turner - Trackman/woman
  • Pipeworker - Underground Mining
  • Raise Borer Helper - Underground Mining
  • Raise Miner Helper
  • Roadmaker - Underground Mining
  • Rotary Driller Helper - Raise Mining
  • Rotary Raise Driller Helper
  • Sand Fill Man/woman
  • Sand Fill Man/woman - Hydraulic Stowing
  • Service Crew Worker - Underground Mining
  • Shaft Conveyance Operator
  • Shuttle Car Operator
  • Skip Loader - Underground Mining
  • Skip Tender
  • Skip Tender - Underground Mining
  • Sludge Pump Operator - Underground Mining
  • Steel Form Setter - Underground Mining
  • Steelwork Erector - Underground Mining
  • Support Miner
  • Timberman/woman - Mines
  • Timberman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Top Cager - Underground Mining
  • Track Equipment Operator - Underground Mining
  • Trackman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Trackperson - Underground Mining
  • Trainman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Trammerman/woman
  • Transfer Hoist Operator
  • Ventilation Man/woman - Underground Mining
  • Backfiller - Underground Mining
  • Blaster Helper - Underground Mining
  • Cage Tender
  • Conveyor Operator - Underground Mining
  • Crusher Operator - Underground Mining
  • Driller Helper - Underground Mining
  • Haulageman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Lamp Keeper - Underground Mining
  • Materialman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Mine Construction Worker
  • Orepass Tender - Underground Mining
  • Pipeworker - Underground Mining
  • Raise Miner Helper
  • Skip Tender
  • Timberman/woman - Underground Mining
  • Trainman/woman - Underground Mining