Stripping-Shovel Operator

Operate stripping shovels to remove overburden at strip mine.

What does a Stripping-Shovel Operator do?

Operates stripping shovel to remove overburden at strip mine or open pit preparatory to extracting operations: Moves levers and depresses pedals to scoop up blast-loosened dirt and rock from top of coal, ore, or rock seam and to deposit overburden in void left by preceding strip. Piles heavy rock at base and lighter materials on top to build permanent spoil pile. Signals BULLDOZER OPERATOR I, to scrape scattered rock and dirt into pile within reach of shovel. May repair and replace shovel parts, such as gears, bearings, and bucket teeth, using handtools.