NOC 8411 – Underground mine service and support workers


  • backfill plant operator – underground mining
  • backfiller – underground mining
  • blaster helper – underground mining
  • bottom cager – underground mining
  • brattice builder – underground mining
  • bridge operator – underground mining
  • brusher – underground mining
  • cage tender
  • cage tender – underground mining
  • chute gate operator – underground mining
  • chute loader – underground mining
  • chute operator – underground mining
  • coal hauler – underground mining
  • construction worker – mines
  • conveyor operator – underground mining
  • conveyorman/woman – underground mining
  • crusher operator – underground mining
  • crusherman/woman – underground mining
  • deckman/woman – underground mining
  • diamond driller helper – underground mining
  • drill carriage operator helper – underground mining
  • driller helper – underground mining
  • dryman/woman – underground mining
  • extensible conveyor belt assembler – underground mining
  • footman/woman – underground mining
  • haulage truck driver – underground mining
  • haulageman/woman – underground mining
  • headman/woman – underground mining
  • in-hole driller helper – underground mining
  • jack operator – underground mining
  • jumbo drill operator helper – underground mining
  • jumbo operator helper – underground mining
  • lamp keeper – underground mining
  • line crew blaster – underground mining
  • loading head operator – underground mining
  • loading pocket operator – underground mining
  • materialman/woman – underground mining
  • mine attendant
  • mine construction worker
  • mine motorman/woman
  • mine timberman/woman
  • miner helper – raise mining
  • motorman/woman – mines
  • motorman/woman – underground mining
  • nipper – underground mining
  • ore handling operator – underground mining
  • orepass tender
  • orepass tender – underground mining
  • pipe turner – trackman/woman
  • pipeworker – underground mining
  • raise borer helper – underground mining
  • raise miner helper
  • roadmaker – underground mining
  • rotary driller helper – raise mining
  • rotary raise driller helper
  • sand fill man/woman
  • sand fill man/woman – hydraulic stowing
  • service crew worker – underground mining
  • shaft conveyance operator
  • shuttle car operator
  • skip loader – underground mining
  • skip tender
  • skip tender – underground mining
  • sludge pump operator – underground mining
  • steel form setter – underground mining
  • steelwork erector – underground mining
  • support miner
  • timberman/woman – mines
  • timberman/woman – underground mining
  • top cager – underground mining
  • track equipment operator – underground mining
  • trackman/woman – underground mining
  • trackperson – underground mining
  • trainman/woman – underground mining
  • trammerman/woman
  • transfer hoist operator
  • ventilation man/woman – underground mining

Job Duties

Underground mine service and support workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and maintain ore chutes or conveyor systems to control flow of ore or coal in underground mine
  • Operate construction equipment such as bulldozer, grader or backhoe to build and maintain underground passages and haulageways
  • Construct and repair wood or metal supports and structures such as bulkheads, platforms, drift doors and chutes using construction and mining tools
  • Attach and extend ventilation and water pipes and related mine services
  • Assist miners in setting up and operating various drills and other mining machinery
  • Supply and maintain backfill distribution of sand, rock or other materials
  • Operate diesel or electric track haulage equipment such as ore trains to distribute personnel and supplies and to convey ore from orepass to primary crusher or skip
  • Maintain supply storage areas and maintain equipment and supplies such as explosives, drill bits, fire extinguishers, lamps and batteries
  • Perform routine maintenance of machinery.

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Previous formal training of up to six weeks followed by periods of on-the-job training as a helper or in support occupations is usually required.
  • Previous experience as a mine labourer is usually required.
  • May be certified in the basic common core program in Ontario.
  • Company licensing or certification is often required for occupations in this unit group.

Additional Information

  • Mobility is possible to other occupational groups in underground mining.
  • There is mobility between employers within each of the three following sectors: underground coal mining, underground hard rock mining and underground potash, salt or soft rock mining.
  • Mobility between these sectors is somewhat limited by differences in production technologies.


  • Drillers and blasters – surface mining, quarrying and construction (7372)
  • Mine labourers (8614)
  • Underground production and development miners (8231)

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