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Become knowledgeable in the basic safety skills of working in a surface mining operation.



​The Common Core for Surface Miner Program #770210 (entry level) is required for production employees working full time or part time in a surface mining operation. As defined in the guidelines for the program, production employees are those that do physical labour and/or operate machinery involved in the extraction and processing of materials from a surface mine and/or associated mining plant, including land clearing, drilling, blasting, internal haulage, crushing, screening, conveying, stockpiling and maintenance.

This course is administered by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD, formerly MTCU) and enforced by the Ministry of Labour (MOL). As a prerequisite for the specialty modules in the program, this course covers the first three entry level surface miner modules. These modules are also the prerequisites for supervisors training in the Generic First Line Supervisor Common Core Program.


FYI - surface mining operations also includes municipal pits and landfill sites.


Are you engaged in excavation operations, other than mining for minerals, such as sand pits, gravel pits, quarries, specialized stone for construction, etc? 

From the program guidelines, an operating surface mine and/or associated mining plant is a pit or quarry where metallic or non-metallic rock, mineral bearing, earth, clay, sand or gravel is being or has been removed by means of an excavation open to the surface to supply material for construction, industrial or manufacturing purposes and includes any work, undertaking or facility used in connection therewith but does not include a cutting for a right of way for a highway or a railroad.

 
Surface mine operations would include the activities that are needed to operate the surface mine. These would include the pit, quarry or excavation, the processing plant, maintenance shops, storage facilities, mine road building and maintenance, pumps, generators and material-handling operations directly conducted at the surface mine location.

At the end ​of this course, participants will have learned theory on:

Work Safely in the Job Environment (U5030)
Perform General Lock Out and Tag on Prime Movers and other Related
Equipment (U5031)
Operate Hand and Power Tools (U5032)

This course is highly participative with various group discussions as we advance through the subjects. Individuals can bring their own copy of the OHSA, or one can be provided on loan for the 2 days.

Upon completion of the course, successful participants must demonstrate competency in each module to their employer and employer's MAESD approved signing authority.

Duration: 2 days, 8 hrs/day

Participants: any individual working in surface mining operations and engaged in the activities that are needed to operate the surface mine, such as the pit, quarry or excavation, the processing plant, maintenance shops, storage
facilities, mine road building and maintenance, pumps, generators and material-handling operations directly conducted at the surface mine location.​

Location: courses regularly scheduled at all Northern College campuses (see their  website or Facebook for latest schedule); courses can also be scheduled for private sessions at a firm's location - upon request. Contact us for more information.

Workshop Objectives

Surface Miner CC