What work activities are done by Continuous Mining Machine Operators?

Based on survey data, Continuous Mining Machine Operators work activities typically include the following:

  • Controlling Machines and Processes: 87% of the time. Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment: 83% of the time. Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems: 82% of the time. Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: 80% of the time. Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: 79% of the time. Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: 78% of the time. Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Getting Information: 73% of the time. Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Training and Teaching Others: 73% of the time. Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards: 72% of the time. Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: 72% of the time. Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: 72% of the time. Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Handling and Moving Objects: 71% of the time. Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: 68% of the time. Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment: 66% of the time. Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: 65% of the time. Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Performing General Physical Activities: 64% of the time. Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: 64% of the time. Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
  • Developing and Building Teams: 62% of the time. Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
  • Analyzing Data or Information: 62% of the time. Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others: 60% of the time. Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: 59% of the time. Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Thinking Creatively: 58% of the time. Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: 58% of the time. Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Processing Information: 57% of the time. Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information: 57% of the time. Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies: 56% of the time. Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities: 55% of the time. Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Coaching and Developing Others: 54% of the time. Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates: 53% of the time. Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others: 53% of the time. Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others: 51% of the time. Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
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