Coal Mining

A production miner supervises the crew and machines involved in the physical operation of mining coal.

Just as coal is vital to the future of our country, production miners are vital to the future of our coal mining industry.

The industry requires skilled and competent miners, and such miners are trained at CTC.

A Production Miner's Duties

The production miner is in charge of an underground or opencast production section and is responsible for the safety and health of the employees that are supervised and for the attainment of set production targets.

Coal mining today is highly mechanised and the production miner is responsible for the efficient operation of sophisticated mining machinery.

Minimum Requirements

Students must be at least 17½ years of age, have a minimum qualification of grade 10 (ABET 3), and must be medically fit.

Basic Training

During the Basic training, all student's will complete the core, fundamental and specific modules/unit standards, which at a later stage branch into:

  • Blasting Certificate Qualification
  • Continuous Miner Qualification
  • Longwall Mining Qualification

On successful completion of the above phases of training, the student will also have obtained the following certificates:

  • First aid
  • Strata control
  • Gas testing
  • Flameproof for supervisors
  • Skills programme - Fall of Ground Competent Person "A"

Production Training (in a Training Section)

This phase of training takes place in all relevant service departments on the mine where the student is employed, and includes general mining work.

For more information and specific modules/unit standards, please feel free to contact CTC's Mining Department at Greenside Colliery, 013-656-9233.