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8614 – Mine labourers

Mine labourers carry out a variety of general labouring duties to assist in the extraction of coal, minerals and ore, and in other services in support of underground mining. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines.


Example titles

  • Chute puller
  • Mine helper
  • Mine labourer
  • Miner helper - underground mining
  • Pit scaler - underground mining
  • Shoveller - underground mining
  • Underground labourer - mining

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Assist other mine workers in maintaining or constructing underground installations
  • Clean underground rooms, roadways, working areas and mining equipment and conveyances using hand tools
  • Load, move, sort and pile materials and supplies
  • Clear spills of ore or coal using hand and power tools
  • May cut core and prepare core sample boxes in support of mine exploration
  • Assist other workers in prospecting for mineral deposits and perform various tasks related to general geophysical surveys.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • A short period of introductory training is provided.
  • In Ontario, mine labourers are registered in the basic common core program.

Additional information

  • Progression to underground production and development miner or underground mine service and support worker is possible with experience and training.
  • There is mobility among jobs in this group.


  • Underground mine service and support workers (8411)
  • Underground production and development miners (8231)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
8 – Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations
Skill level
D – On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Major group
86 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Minor group
861 – Harvesting, landscaping and natural resources labourers
Associated Career Handbook profiles
8614.0 – Mine labourers
NOC 2016 Version 1.3
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