Any quarry/mining dump truck drivers?

Discussion in 'Tanker, Bulk and Dump Trucking Forum' started by RoadSideDown, Apr 8, 2021.

  1. RoadSideDown

    RoadSideDown Bobtail Member

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    I was wondering what the qualifications are for eventually operating a mining dump truck like a CAT 772? These are run off-road on private property. Are DIT regulations still applicable? Or is their operation governed by MSHA? Nominally it is a straight truck so is a Class A even needed? Do guys get into these after driving regular dump truck fir a few years?

    I just started driving a water truck in a quarry and it is totally different than road driving. No stopping to look for traffic. You keep awareness of everything coming and going and time your transits of areas between the mining trucks and loaders movements. Have to blend into the traffic flow and not be stopping and obstructing or confusing other drivers (my 10-wheel 4000 gal tanker being the smallest and slowest vehicle).

    Just wondering what the job path is to operate a mining truck. Any insights into quarry driving or operator jobs is appreciated. Thx!
     
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  3. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Regular car license was all that was required around here.
     
  4. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    It's incredibly boring,,sorry. Sometimes, after all the shenanigans on the road, a boring pit job is a breath of fresh air,,,for a while. Machine operator too, fun for about 20 minutes, but also, incredibly boring jobs, I've done both.
     
  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    Trucks are usually where you start at. Entry level stuff. Shovel operators, those are usually the folks at the top of the food chain there.
     
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  6. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    The safety man and/or the ops manager should be able to answer all your questions a lot better than we can.
     
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  7. RoadSideDown

    RoadSideDown Bobtail Member

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    Well today I got to ride along in the 50-ton haul truck (CAT 772). And make 5 of the dump runs hauling rock under the guidance of the driver. Wow! Thank God for pneumatic cushion seats!! Looks like they need more haul drivers and willing to train me. I was hoping within a year I might get a chance, and the very next day Boom! We went through pre-trip, warm up, using the auto shift on steep hills, watching for cracks in road indicating ready to slump off, backing to the cliff edge berm, bucket control for dumping, importance of level since it is so top heavy when the bucket is up, starting and stopping under load (280K lbs GVW), dash controls and monitor read outs, travel on the quarry roads and radio usage, coordinating with the loader and line up for getting loaded. Real great guys, the loader is very laid back and patient but very skilled. Tons more to learn but it was a fun intro.

    I guess the secret to learning quarry equipment is to show up! If there is a vacancy and you are doing OK in a current job then you will likely get a shot at moving to other equipment.
     
  8. RockinChair

    RockinChair Road Train Member

    I'm glad you got your first taste of the haul truck. With a good attitude like yours, they would be wise to cross-train you on all of the equipment.

    I've always imagined those things would be really hard on the kidneys and lower back, so I'm definitely glad you've got an air-ride seat.
     
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