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Become A Shuttle Car Operator

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Working As A Shuttle Car Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • $66,270

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Shuttle Car Operator does

  • Replaced hydraulic hoses and headlight bulbs.
  • Shuttle Car Operator - center drive.
  • Control conveyors that run the entire length of shuttle cars to distribute loads as loading progresses.
  • Loaded 70 mine cars per shift.
  • Observed hand signals and light signals for safe operation.
  • Coal haulage for continuous mining to belt lines.
  • keep fly pads upprovide critical support to the operation of mines transporting coal throughout the shift
  • Worked outby and section work.
  • Unloaded 70 shuttle car loads onto conveyor belt per shift.
  • Acknowledged for teamwork, communication skills and problem solving skills.
  • Attend safety meetings as required to learn what I can do to make our work environment safer.
  • Dumped mining loads by operating shuttle cars' bottom doors.
  • Help with ventilation of the section, rock dusting, building stoppings, and keeping equipment up to code.
  • Drive loaded shuttle cars to ramps, and move controls in order to discharge loads into mine cars or onto conveyors.

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How To Become A Shuttle Car Operator

Education and training requirements vary by the occupation. Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience in related occupations, such as construction equipment operators or hoist or winch operators.


Although no formal education is usually required, some companies prefer material moving machine operators to have a high school diploma. For crane operators, excavating machine operators, and dredge operators, however, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required.


Most material moving machine operators are trained on the job in less than a month. Some machines are more complex than others, such as cranes as compared with industrial trucks such as forklifts. Therefore, the amount of time spent in training will vary with the type of machine the operator is using. Learning to operate a forklift or an industrial truck in warehouses, for example, may take only a few days. Training to operate a crane for port operations may take several months. Most workers are trained by a supervisor or another experienced employee.

The International Union of Operating Engineers offers apprenticeship programs for heavy equipment operators, such as excavating machine operators or crane operators. Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job training with technical instruction.

During their training, material moving machine operators learn a number of safety rules, many of which are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Employers must certify that each operator has received the proper training. Operators who work with hazardous materials receive further specialized training.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

A number of states and several cities require crane operators to be licensed. To get a license, operators typically must complete a skills test in which they show that they can control a crane. They also must pass a written exam that tests their knowledge of safety rules and procedures. Some crane operators and industrial truck and tractor operators may obtain certification, which includes passing a written exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Crane operators and excavating machine operators usually have several years of experience working as construction equipment operators or hoist and winch operators. 

Important Qualities

Alertness. Material moving machine operators must be aware of their surroundings while operating machinery.

Hand–eye–foot coordination. Material moving machine operators should have steady hands and feet to guide and control heavy machinery precisely. They use hand controls to maneuver their machines through tight spaces, around large objects, and on uneven surfaces.

Mechanical skills. Material moving machine operators make minor adjustments to their machines and perform basic maintenance.

Visual ability. Material moving machine operators must be able to clearly see where they are driving or what they are moving. They must also watch for nearby workers, who may unknowingly be in their path.

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Top Shuttle Car Operator Skills

  1. Buggy/Shuttle Car
  2. Car Operator
  3. Safety Meetings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Promoted to Shuttle Car Operator after a few months.
  • Attend safety meetings as required to learn what I can do to make our work environment safer.
  • Loaded materials into mine cars.
  • Controlled conveyors that ran the entire length of shuttle cars in order to distribute loads as loading progresses.
  • Worked outby and section work.

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