Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operators
SOC: 47-5042.00


Operate machinery such as longwall shears, plows, and cutting machines to cut or channel along the face or seams of coal mines, stone quarries, or other mining surfaces to facilitate blasting, separating, or removing minerals or materials from mines or from the Earth's surface. Includes shale planers.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
7,400 employed

Projected (2024):
7,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Bore Miner Operator
  • Channel Machine Operator
  • Channeler Runner
  • Channeling Machine Runner
  • Clay Mine Cutting Machine Operator
  • Clay Miner
  • Coal Cutter
  • Coal Miner
  • Continuous Miner Operator (CMO)
  • Cutter
  • Cutter Operator
  • Dozer Operator
  • Drilling Machine Operator
  • Flame Channeler
  • Heavy Machinery Operator
  • Long Wall Mining Machine Tender
  • Long Wall Shear Operator
  • Longwall Foreman
  • Longwall Shearer Operator
  • Machine Cutter
  • Machine Driller
  • Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Clay Miner
  • Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Coal Miner
  • Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Company Miner
  • Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Copper Miner
  • Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Operator
  • Miner Operator
  • Plane Runner
  • Plane Tender
  • Quarry Equipment Operator
  • Remote Continuous Mining Machine Operator
  • Shale Miner
  • Shale Planer Operator
  • Shear Operator
  • Shearer Operator
  • Surface Miner
  • Under Cutter
  • Underground Foreman
  • Underground Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Underground Miner

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job 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.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Position jacks, timbers, or roof supports, and install casings, to prevent cave-ins.
  • Reposition machines and move controls to make additional holes or cuts.
  • Cut entries between rooms and haulage ways.
  • Observe indicator lights and gauges, and listen to machine operation to detect binding or stoppage of tools or other equipment problems.
  • Replace worn or broken tools and machine bits and parts, using wrenches, pry bars, and other hand tools, and lubricate machines, using grease guns.
  • Press buttons to activate conveyor belts, and push or pull chain handles to regulate conveyor movement so that material can be moved or loaded into dinkey cars or dump trucks.
  • Move planer levers to control and adjust the movement of equipment, the speed, height, and depth of cuts, and to rotate swivel cutting booms.
  • Cut slots along working faces of coal, salt, or other non-metal deposits to facilitate blasting, by moving levers to start the machine, and to control the vertical reciprocating drills.
  • Signal that machine plow blades are properly positioned, using electronic buzzers or two-way radios.
  • Cut and move shale from open pits.
  • Drive mobile, truck-mounted, or track-mounted drilling or cutting machine in mines and quarries or on construction sites.
  • Move controls to start and position drill cutters or torches and advance tools into mines or quarry faces to complete horizontal or vertical cuts.
  • Advance plow blades through coal strata by remote control, according to electronic or radio signals from the tailer.
  • Determine locations, boundaries, and depths of holes or channels to be cut.
  • Signal crew members to adjust the speed of equipment to the rate of installation of roof supports, and to adjust the speed of conveyors to the volume of coal.
  • Remove debris such as loose shale from channels and planer travel areas.
  • Charge and set off explosives in blasting holes.
  • Signal truck drivers to position their vehicles for receiving shale from planer hoppers.
  • Monitor movement of shale along conveyors from hoppers to trucks or railcars.
  • Guide and assist crews in laying track for machines and resetting planer rails, supports, and blocking, using jacks, shovels, sledges, picks, and pinch bars.
  • Free jams in planer hoppers, using metal pinch bars.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable combination wrenches
  • Armored face conveyors
  • Atmospheric monitors
  • Burning bars
  • Channeling machines
  • Cone crushing equipment
  • Continuous miners
  • Crowbars
  • Cutting machines
  • Cutting torches
  • Detonation units
  • Electric chainsaws
  • Grinding mills
  • Heavy dump trucks
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Integrated air velocity monitors
  • Jackhammers
  • Jaw crushing equipment
  • Longwall shears
  • Lube guns
  • Methane monitors
  • Mine conveyor belts
  • Miner's helmets
  • Mining bulldozers
  • Mining picks
  • Mining shovels
  • Mobile radios
  • Personal computers
  • Pinch bars
  • Portable hand grinders
  • Power shovels
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Protective goggles
  • Pry bars
  • Raise bores
  • Roadheaders
  • Rock drilling machines
  • Scissor bolters
  • Screw jacks
  • Self-rescuers
  • Shuttle cars
  • Tractor drills
  • Tunneling machines
  • Ultrasonic anemometers
  • Joy Mining Machinery JOY FACEBOSS
  • Microsoft Excel
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Analysis of Longwall Pillar Stability ALPS
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Analysis of Roof Bolt Systems ARBS

  • construction and extraction

    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580