Miners (underground)

Miners (underground)

NOC
8231

- Underground production and development miners

Drill, blast and operate mining machinery to extract coal and ore in underground mines. They also construct tunnels, passageways and shafts for mining operations.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Limited
Limited

3 Year Job Openings

19
 

Median Hourly Wage

$28.10
$15.15
Low
$42.00
High

Median Salary

$98,696
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

222
 

% Working Full Time

96%
 

% Working Full Year

50%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Underground production and development miners drill, blast, operate mining machinery, and perform related duties to extract coal and ore in underground mines and to construct tunnels, passageways and shafts to facilitate mining operations. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral underground mines and by specialized contractors in mine construction, shaft sinking and tunnelling.

Main Duties

Underground production and development miners perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up and operate drills and drilling machines to produce a designated pattern of blasting holes
  • Operate diamond drills or other specialized drills such as raise boring machinery to test geological formations or to produce underground passageways
  • Set up and operate mining machinery to shear coal, rock or ore from the working face
  • Load explosives, set fuses, and detonate explosives to produce desired blasting patterns and rock fragmentation in underground mines
  • Operate scooptram, load-haul-dump (LHD) machine or mucking machine to load and haul ore from stopes, drifts and drawpoints to ore passes
  • Perform duties required to ensure safety and to support the mining advance, such as scaling loose rock from walls and roof, drilling and installing rock bolts, extending and installing air and water pipes, operating ore loading machinery, inspecting mine shafts, operating hoists that transport people, equipment and materials through mine shafts, and constructing timber supports and cribbing if required
  • Perform routine maintenance of mining machinery.

Also Known As

  • blaster - underground mining
  • chute blaster - underground mining
  • diamond driller - underground mining
  • drift miner
  • driller - underground mining
  • hardrock miner apprentice
  • hoist operator - underground mining
  • miner
  • mining machine operator
  • powderman/woman - underground mining
  • raise miner
  • roadheader operator
  • scooptram operator
  • shaft inspector
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Formal training of up to six weeks followed by extended periods of specialized training as a helper or in support occupations is usually provided.
  • Previous experience as a mine labourer or in other mine occupations is usually required.
  • Provincial blasting licence may be required.
  • May be certified in the basic common core program or as an underground hard rock miner in Ontario.
  • Trade certification for miners is available, but voluntary, in Quebec.
  • Company licensing or certification is often required for occupations in this unit group.
  • Certificate in first aid may be required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

2.3%
Female
97.7%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

9.3%
15-24
22.2%
25-34
14.8%
35-44
29.6%
45-54
24.1%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

Data legend

14.3%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
46.4%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
19.6%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
19.6%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

87.0%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction
5.6%
Construction
3.7%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
3.7%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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47.30%
Northeast
3.60%
Southeast
38.20%
Southwest
7.30%
Central
3.60%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$98,720
Northeast
N/A
Southeast
$112,280
Southwest
N/A
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$30.00
$16.37
Low
$42.00
High
No Data Available
No Data Available
No Data Available
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$98,696

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$112,900

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$98,696

Newfoundland

$102,994

Prince Edward Island

N/A

Nova Scotia

$67,945

Canada

$99,727
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

19
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-11
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

30
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

97
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

5
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

93