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All About Mine Shuttle Car Operators

Example of Shuttle Operator Job Operate diesel or electric-powered shuttle car in underground mine to transport materials from working face to mine cars or conveyor.

Shuttle Operator Responsibilities

  • Direct other workers to move stakes, place blocks, position anchors or cables, or move materials.
  • Monitor loading processes to ensure that materials are loaded according to specifications.
  • Maintain records of materials moved.
  • Move mine cars into position for loading and unloading, using pinchbars inserted under car wheels to position cars under loading spouts.
  • Measure, weigh, or verify levels of rock, gravel, or other excavated material to prevent equipment overloads.
  • Observe hand signals, grade stakes, or other markings when operating machines.

Qualities of a Shuttle Operator

When polled, Mine Shuttle Car Operators say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Other Shuttle Operator Job Titles

  • Buggy Driver
  • Car Pincher
  • Car Dropper
  • Cart Driver
  • Coal Hauler Operator

Job Opportunities for Mine Shuttle Car Operators

In the United States, there were 1,500 jobs for Mine Shuttle Car Operator in 2016. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Mine Shuttle Car Operator. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 100 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Shuttle Operator are Colorado, Nebraska, and West Virginia. Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, Alabama, or Indiana. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Shuttle Operator Average Salary

The salary for Mine Shuttle Car Operators ranges between about $44,030 and $66,270 a year.


Mine Shuttle Car Operators who work in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, or Illinois, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Mine Shuttle Car Operators in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Illinois $56,730
Kentucky $46,390
Pennsylvania $62,820
West Virginia $56,730
Wyoming $92,010

Tools & Technologies Used by Mine Shuttle Car Operators

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Mine Shuttle Car Operators may use on a daily basis:

  • Data entry software

How to Become a Shuttle Operator

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Where Mine Shuttle Car Operators Work


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