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Career and Education Opportunities for Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Company Miners in Missoula, Montana

There are many career and education opportunities for mine cutting and channeling machine company miners in the Missoula, Montana area. The national trend for mine cutting and channeling machine company miners sees this job pool growing by about 4.5% over the next eight years. In general, mine cutting and channeling machine company miners 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.

The average wage in the general category of Mining and Extraction jobs is $19 per hour or $38,687 per year in Montana, and an average of $20 per hour or $40,957 per year nationwide.

There is one school within twenty-five miles of Missoula where you can study to be a mine cutting and channeling machine company miner, among two schools of higher education total in the Missoula area. Mine cutting and channeling machine company miners usually hold a high school diploma or GED, so you can expect to spend only a short time training to become a mine cutting and channeling machine company miner if you already have a high school diploma.

CAREER DESCRIPTION: Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Company Miner

Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Company Miner video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, mine cutting and channeling machine company miners 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.

Mine cutting and channeling machine company miners remove worn or broken tools and machine bits and parts, using wrenches, pry bars, and other hand tools, and lubricate machines, using grease guns. Finally, mine cutting and channeling machine company miners observe indicator lights and gauges, and listen to machine operation in order to uncover binding or stoppage of tools or other equipment problems.

Every day, mine cutting and channeling machine company miners are expected to be able to maintain precise control of objects and devices through a range of movements. It is also important that they respond quickly in general.

It is important for mine cutting and channeling machine company miners to reposition machines and move controls so as to make additional holes or cuts. They are often called upon to position jacks or roof supports, and install casings, so as to avoid cave-ins. They also trim entries between rooms and haulage-ways. They are sometimes expected to 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. Somewhat less frequently, mine cutting and channeling machine company miners are also expected to move controls to start and position drill cutters or torches, and to advance tools into mines or quarry faces in order to finish horizontal or vertical cuts.

Mine cutting and channeling machine company miners sometimes are asked to trim slots along working faces of coal or other non-metal deposits so as to facilitate blasting, by moving levers to start the machine and to operate the vertical reciprocating drills. and drive mobile, truck-mounted, or track-mounted drilling or cutting machine in mines and quarries or on construction sites. And finally, they sometimes have to charge and set off explosives in blasting holes.

Like many other jobs, mine cutting and channeling machine company miners must be reliable and want to innovate to meet new challenges.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Missoula include:

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EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: Mine Cutting and Channeling Machine Company Miner Training

The University of Montana - Missoula, MT

The University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. The University of Montana is a large university located in Missoula, Montana. It is a public school with primarily 4-year or above programs. It has 14,176 students and an admission rate of 96%. The University of Montana has a one to two year program in Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation which graduated sixteen students in 2008.

CERTIFICATIONS

Oil Monitoring Analyst: Oil Monitoring Analyst certification is designed to encourage and demonstrate an agreed upon level of competence in the field of machinery oil monitoring.

For more information, see the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers website.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Missoula, Montana

Missoula, Montana
Missoula, Montana photo by Joshulove

Missoula is located in Missoula County, Montana. It has a population of over 68,202, which has grown by 19.5% in the past ten years. The cost of living index in Missoula, 100, is near the national average. New single-family homes in Missoula cost $89,900 on average, which is far less than the state average. In 2008, one hundred eighty-six new homes were constructed in Missoula, down from two hundred ninety-three the previous year.

The top three industries for women in Missoula are educational services, health care, and accommodation and food services. For men, it is educational services, construction, and accommodation and food services. The average commute to work is about 14 minutes. More than 38.0% of Missoula residents have a bachelor's degree, which is higher than the state average. The percentage of residents with a graduate degree, 12.5%, is higher than the state average.

The unemployment rate in Missoula is 5.1%, which is less than Montana's average of 5.8%.

The percentage of Missoula residents that are affiliated with a religious congregation, 32.4%, is less than both the national and state average. University Congregational Church, Unity Church of Missoula and United Pentecostal Church are all churches located in Missoula. The most common religious groups are the Catholic Church, the LDS (Mormon) Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Missoula is home to the Health Sciences Building and the KOA El-Mar Kampground as well as Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Fort Missoula Park. Shopping malls in the area include East Gate Shopping Center, Southgate Mall and Town and Country Shopping Center. Visitors to Missoula can choose from Best Western Grant Creek Inn, Comfort Inn Missoula and Sleepy Inn Motel for temporary stays in the area.