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Mechanical Shovel Operator

Operate power shovels that load coals into mine cars in underground mines.

What does a Mechanical Shovel Operator do?

Operates power shovel that loads coal or rock into mine cars or onto conveyors in underground mines: Drives rubber-tired, crawled-tread, or rail-mounted machine into working place. Makes power connections and starts machine. Moves levers to force shovel into pile, lift and revolve shovel, and dump contents into mine car or onto conveyor. Advances machine into pile as digging progresses. Lubricates, adjusts, and repairs machine.