What do Mine Shuttle Car Operators do?
Operate diesel or electric-powered shuttle car in underground mine to transport materials from working face to mine cars or conveyor.
- Control conveyors that run the entire length of shuttle cars in order to distribute loads as loading progresses.
- Drive loaded shuttle cars to ramps, and move controls in order to discharge loads into mine cars or onto conveyors.
- Clean, fuel, and service equipment, and repair and replace parts as necessary.
- Move mine cars into position for loading and unloading, using pinchbars inserted under car wheels to position cars under loading spouts.
- Guide and stop cars by switching, applying brakes, or placing scotches (wooden wedges) between wheels and rails.
- Push or ride cars down slopes, or hook cars to cables and control cable drum brakes, in order to ease cars down inclines.
- Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines.
- Open and close bottom doors of cars in order to dump contents.
- Direct other workers to move stakes, place blocks, position anchors or cables, or move materials.
- Monitor loading processes in order to ensure that materials are loaded according to specifications.
- Measure, weigh, or verify levels of rock, gravel, or other excavated material in order to prevent equipment overloads.
- Read written instructions or confer with supervisors about schedules and materials to be moved.
- Maintain records of materials moved.
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