Roof Bolter


Minimum - Basic reading and writing skills

Will be updated

The tasks a Roof Bolter, Mining is expected to perform include:

Operating machinery to install roof support bolts in underground mines

Drilling bolt holes into roofs at specified distances from ribs or adjacent bolts

Forcing bolts into holes, using hydraulic mechanisms of self-propelled bolting machines

Installing truss bolts traversing entire ceiling spans

Positioning bolting machines, and inserting drill bits into chucks

Positioning safety jacks to support underground mine roofs until bolts can be installed

Removing drill bits from chucks after drilling holes, then inserting bolts into chucks

Rotating chucks to turn bolts and opening expansion heads against rock formations

Testing bolts for specified tension, using torque wrenches

Tightening ends of anchored truss bolts, using turnbuckles

Skilled in operating machinery

Ability to operate drilling machines

Well-versed with techniques of testing and tightening bolts

Proficient in safety techniques to be followed in mining sites

Will be updated



Attention to detail

Hand-eye dexterity

Physically fit

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 considered 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 rock chips, occupational deafness, etc.

Health risks include possible injuries due to handling drilling machines, cuts and abrasions from handling rock or stone, gas poisoning, etc.

For candidates with up to 2 years of experience INR 5,200 per month - INR8,000 per month

For candidates with 2 to 5 years of experience INR10,500 per month - INR 15,000 per month

For candidates with over 5 years of experience INR 18,000 per month - INR 20,000 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 accounted about 75% of the total mining production in India. Although the industry has 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.

Mining companies across India

Mining sites across India