Supervisors, mining and quarrying (NOC 8221)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2016-2018)
Minimum 23.00$
Median 39.91$
Maximum 55.00$
Job prospect
(2017-2021)
Employment in 2016
1,500
Skill level
Technical (usually a college or secondary school vocational diploma)

Nature of work

Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate activities of workers engaged in underground and surface mining operations and quarries. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines and quarries.

Main duties

  • Supervisors in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of workers who extract coal, minerals and ore; operate underground conveyances; and perform other services in support of underground mining, or of heavy equipment operators, drillers, blasters and other workers in surface mining and quarrying
  • - Establish methods to meet work schedules and confer with managerial and technical personnel, other departments and contractors to resolve problems and co-ordinate activities
  • - Oversee the safety of the mining or quarrying operations
  • - Continued…
  • - Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity
  • - Requisition materials and supplies
  • - Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • - Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • - Prepare production and other reports.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of secondary school is required.
  • * Completion of a college or university program in mining technology or engineering may be required for some positions in this group.
  • * Several years of experience in the occupations supervised are usually required.
  • * Provincial certification as an underground mine supervisor, shift boss, or coal mining supervisor may be required.

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