surface mine plant operator


Surface mine plant operators control heavy-duty equipment such as excavators and dump trucks, often involving a high level of spatial awareness, to excavate, load and transport ore, raw mineral including sand, stone and clay and overburden at quarries and surface mines.

Alternative label

  • surface miner equipment operator

  • tipper driver

  • aggregate driver

  • surface mining heavy equipment driver

  • surface miner (heavy equipment)

  • quarry plant operator

  • quarry earth moving equipment operative

Regulatory aspect

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Essential skills and competences

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Optional skills and competences



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