Roof Bolters, Mining
SOC: 47-5061.00

Description:

Operate machinery to install roof support bolts in underground mine.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
6,000 employed

Projected (2024):
5,300 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:

  • Bolt Machine Operator
  • Bolt Man
  • Bolting Machine Operator
  • Inby (Roof Bolter)
  • Roof Bolter
  • Roof Bolter Operator
  • Roof Bolting Coal Miner
  • Underground Bolting Machine Operator
  • Underground Coal Miner (Roof Bolter)
  • Underground Mine Superintendent
  • Underground Mining Section Foreman
  • Underground Roof Bolter


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    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
  • 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
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Drill bolt holes into roofs at specified distances from ribs or adjacent bolts.
  • Force bolts into holes, using hydraulic mechanisms of self-propelled bolting machines.
  • Remove drill bits from chucks after drilling holes and insert bolts into chucks.
  • Test bolts for specified tension, using torque wrenches.
  • Position safety jacks to support underground mine roofs until bolts can be installed.
  • Position bolting machines, and insert drill bits into chucks.
  • Rotate chucks to turn bolts and open expansion heads against rock formations.
  • Install truss bolts traversing entire ceiling spans.
  • Tighten ends of anchored truss bolts, using turnbuckles.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Boom roof bolters
  • Digital pressure gauges
  • Dust and particulate respirators
  • Hydraulic disconnects
  • Lube guns
  • Methane monitors
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic rock drilling tools
  • Portable rock drills
  • Remote-control continuous miners
  • Roof bolters
  • Roof screens
  • Scaling bars
  • Self-propelled bolting machines
  • Shoring jacks
  • Steel measuring tapes
  • Torque drivers
  • Turnbuckles
  • Caterpillar Cat MineStar System
  • Caterpillar Command
  • Data entry software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580