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Helpers--Extraction Workers
SOC Code: 47-5081.00

Help extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers, blasters and explosives workers, derrick operators, and mining machine operators, by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include supplying equipment or cleaning work area.

Sample of reported job titles: Coal Miner, Continuous Miner Operator Helper, Driller Helper, Driller's Assistant, Longwall Machine Operator Helper, Maintainer, Miner Helper, Mining Technician, Powderman, Salt Miner

Tasks

  • Observe and monitor equipment operation during the extraction process to detect any problems.
  • Drive moving equipment to transport materials and parts to excavation sites.
  • Unload materials, devices, and machine parts, using hand tools.
  • Set up and adjust equipment used to excavate geological materials.
  • Organize materials to prepare for use.
  • Repair and maintain automotive and drilling equipment, using hand tools.
  • Clean up work areas and remove debris after extraction activities are complete.
  • Clean and prepare sites for excavation or boring.
  • Load materials into well holes or into equipment, using hand tools.
  • Provide assistance to extraction craft workers, such as earth drillers and derrick operators.
  • Collect and examine geological matter, using hand tools and testing devices.
  • Signal workers to start geological material extraction or boring.
  • Dismantle extracting and boring equipment used for excavation, using hand tools.
  • Dig trenches.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel

Tools Used

  • Augers - Hand augers
  • Belt conveyors - Materials conveyors
  • Blasting caps - Explosive blasting caps
  • Boring machines - Raise drills
  • Boring or sinking machinery - Hydraulic boring machines
  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Combination wrenches - Multipurpose wrenches
  • Core drills - Core drill rigs
  • Derricks - Truck-mounted derricks
  • Detonators - Electrical detonators; Remote firing devices
  • Forklifts - Field forklifts
  • Front end loaders - Four-wheel drive front end loaders
  • Grease guns - Lube guns
  • Hoists - Hoisting equipment
  • Hydraulic pumps - Hydraulic rams
  • Levels - Spirit levels
  • Light trucks or sport utility vehicles - Utility trucks
  • Longwall shears
  • Mud pumps - Rig mud pumps
  • Mud tanks - Drilling mud tanks
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic rock drills - Power rock coring drills
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - High pressure steam cleaners
  • Pry bars - Prying tools
  • Reamer blade - Bell reamers
  • Rock cutters - Cutting machines
  • Rotary drills - Mud rotary drills
  • Shielded metal arc welding or stick welding machine - Shielded arc welding tools
  • Sump pumps - Portable sump pumps
  • Track excavators - Compact tracked excavators
  • Two way radios - Mobile radios

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills

  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities

  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Dynamic Strength - The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Gross Body Coordination - The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
  • Gross Body Equilibrium - The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Spatial Orientation - The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 100% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 95% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 88% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 76% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 81% responded “Every day.”
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 65% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 75% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 72% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 60% responded “Every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 11% responded “Fairly important.”
  • In an Open Vehicle or Equipment - 66% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 60% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 23% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 65% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 60% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 23% responded “Important results.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 47% responded “Some freedom.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 64% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 45% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 41% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Telephone - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Consequence of Error - 56% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 47% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 32% responded “Less than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 61% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 35% responded “About half the time.”
  • Time Pressure - 40% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Exposed to High Places - 31% responded “Never.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 35% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration - 38% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 32% responded “Moderately competitive.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 38% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 37% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
97%High school diploma or equivalent
2%Post-secondary certificate
2%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $17.17 hourly, $35,710 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 17,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Much faster than average (15% or higher)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,600

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