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What Do Mine Shuttle Car Operator Do?

Shuttle Operator Example Operate diesel or electric-powered shuttle car in underground mine to transport materials from working face to mine cars or conveyor.

Shuttle Operator Responsibilities

  • Move mine cars into position for loading and unloading, using pinchbars inserted under car wheels to position cars under loading spouts.
  • Control conveyors that run the entire length of shuttle cars to distribute loads as loading progresses.
  • Read written instructions or confer with supervisors about schedules and materials to be moved.
  • Direct other workers to move stakes, place blocks, position anchors or cables, or move materials.
  • Push or ride cars down slopes, or hook cars to cables and control cable drum brakes, to ease cars down inclines.
  • Maintain records of materials moved.

Things a Shuttle Operator Should Know How to Do

When polled, Mine Shuttle Car Operators say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Types of Shuttle Operator Jobs

  • Monitor Car Operator
  • Car Pincher
  • Cart Driver
  • Ram Car Operator
  • Shuttle Car Operator

Job Demand for Mine Shuttle Car Operators

In the United States, there were 1,500 jobs for Mine Shuttle Car Operator in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Mine Shuttle Car Operator. There will be an estimated 100 positions for Shuttle Operator per year.


The states with the most job growth for Shuttle Operator are Colorado, Nebraska, and West Virginia. Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, Alabama, or Indiana. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Shuttle Operator Average Salary

The typical yearly salary for Mine Shuttle Car Operators is somewhere between $44,030 and $66,270.


Mine Shuttle Car Operators who work in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, or Illinois, make the highest salaries.

How much do Mine Shuttle Car Operators make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Illinois $56,730
Kentucky $46,390
Pennsylvania $62,820
West Virginia $56,730
Wyoming $92,010

What Tools do Mine Shuttle Car Operators Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Mine Shuttle Car Operators may use on a daily basis:

  • Data entry software

Becoming a Shuttle Operator

Individuals working as a Mine Shuttle Car Operator have obtained the following education levels:


How many years of work experience do I need?


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