Mechanical Shovel Operator

Shovel Driver

Rock Shovel Driver

Minimum - Reading and writing skills

Will be updated

The tasks a Shovel Operator, Mines, Shovel Driver is expected to perform include:

Operating pneumatic or electric shovel to load mine cars or tubs with wastes or mineral rocks blasted inside mine

Checking performance and safety points of shovelling equipment

Moving shovel to working place and advancing it into pile of coal, ore or rock to be loaded for removal

Starting the machine and manipulating sets of hand levers and foot pedals to force shovel into pile, lift it and dump contents into cars or tubs placed along side

Advancing machine into pile as digging progresses and repeating operation to load material into car or tub

Moving machine from place to place in mine according to requirement of work

Lubricating, adjusting and making minor running repairs to machines as required

Mixing rocks of different sizes or wet or dry ores to prevent jamming of crusher machine

Ability to set up or inspect equipment prior to operation

Competent in lubricating, adjusting or repairing machinery and replacing parts, such as gears, bearings or bucket teeth

Well-versed with handling slides, mud or pit cleanings

Proficient in handling shovels

Ability to undertake routine machine maintenance

Will be updated

Time management

Complex problem solving

Judgment and decision making

Critical thinking

Attention to detail

Physically fit


It is a field job

Need not handle a team

Local travelling maybe 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 not listed as 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 particles and chips, etc.

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

Will be updated

(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 Shovel Operator, Mines, Shovel Driver and other professionals in the industry.

Mining companies across India

Mining sites across India