Minimum Reading and writing skills

Will be updated

The tasks a Main Header, Colliery is expected to perform include:

Constructing narrow roads for opening new works

Cutting air passages and blocking old roads in coal mineby drilling, blasting etc.

Receiving instructions on dimension and location of gallery to open new work

Cutting tunnel passage according to specification using mechanical devices and hand tools

Inserting pipe range for pumping operations, exploring strata to know behaviour of roof, etc.

Shovelling coal, rock and refuse from corners and working areas into cars to prevent interference with mining operations and circulation of air

Knowledge of operating mounted or un-mounted power drill to bore blasting holes in working face

Ability to charge and shoot explosives or air charges to blast down materials

Will be updated

Problem solving and analytical skills


Strong technical skills

Team-working skills

Creative thinking

Attention to detail

It is a field job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling is a part of this job

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available in some cities

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Mining companies usually work for 6 days a week and 8/10 hours everyday. This may vary from company to company

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?Maybe

The job is listed as mildly hazardous or dangerous under The Factories Act 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards may include back aches, general fatigue, risks of eye and face injuries due to flying chips, etc.

Health risks include exposure cutting tools, dirt particles, extreme temperature, bending, kneeling, chemicals, fumes, etc.

For candidates with up to 2 yearsexperience INR 16,000 to INR 18,000 per month

For candidates with 2 to 5 yearsexperience INR 30,000 to INR 31,500 per month

For candidates with over 5 yearsexperience INR 38,500 to INR 39,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Overview of the Indian Mining Sector

Indian mining sector is largely fragmented, comprising several small scale operational mines; it is still dominated by the mining industries both public and private, which accounts for about 75% of the total mining production in India. Although the industry has the large number of employees including contract manpower totalling to about 9.5 lakhs in different trades of mining, the woeful shortage of skilled personnel in various mining trades is widely felt.

The key factors affecting the human resources and skill requirement in the Indian Mining Industry are technology up-gradation, increase in productivity, stringent environment and sustainable development framework, globalization and aging profile of workforce, and long gestation period for skill acquisition. Given the estimated increase in the mining output as well as the expected changes in the productivity levels, the total employment in the mining industry is estimated to increase to 11 lakhs by the year 2017 and 12 lakhs by the year 2025. These factors indicate good job prospects for Main Header, Colliery and other professionals in the industry.

Mining companies across India

Mining sites across India