Shaft Worker

Southwest PA & Northern WV
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Job Description

Shaft Workers are a critical element in all phases of shaft development and provide the labor necessary to support the Shaft Superintendent and other crew members in the completion of the shaft project.

No experience is required for this position and we will provide the necessary on-the-job and classroom training.

Duties and responsibilities

A Shaft Worker's primary responsibilities and work phases include:

  • Job setup
    • Construction of outbuildings, preparation of equipment and materials
  • Drilling
    • Using pneumatic drill rig to drill holes in shaft bottoms for blasting rock
  • Explosives Loading
    • Preparing blasts by loading explosive materials into drill holes
  • Mucking
    • Removing fragmented rock from shaft bottoms using backhoes and buckets
  • Pre-Concrete Shaft Lining
    • Supporting newly excavated shaft rib with shotcrete application
    • Lining shaft rib with a corrugated metal sheeting water course
    • Tying and placing rebar in preparation for concrete pour
  • Concrete Pouring
    • Setting circular forms and work decks
    • Placing bucketed concrete

Job Requirements

  • Standard Requirements for Position
    • Ability to perform required physical labor
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Passing Criminal Background Check (for ATF clearance related to blasting)
    • Passing Drug Test
  • Preferred Requirements for Position
    • Experience working on a crew/team in the coal industry
    • 32 or 40 hour MSHA Underground New Miner Training completion

Why Join R.G. Johnson?

  • Low attrition rate, high employee satisfaction
  • Smaller, family-oriented business
  • First-rate Retirement Plan with opportunity for up to 9% company match
  • Predictable work schedule, including 3 days on, 3 days off
  • Potential for additional end-of-year profit sharing plan
  • Full, employee-friendly health & medical benefits (with no paycheck deduction)
  • Wage rates competitive with mining industry
  • Opportunity for advancement for top performers
  • Paid vacation days with additional company holidays
  • Full on-the-job training for new employees