Electrical Maintenance Lead (Former Employee) – Gillette, WY – July 24, 2015
Rotating work schedule was harsh on family life as well as personal health. Pay was good but the management is very much about themselves and throw you under the bus to save there skins. Mining in general is tough work but the work culture made it extremely difficult to even show up regardless of the good pay.
A typical day at work consisted of awareness, safety and operating for long hours. I learned how to safely operate while continuing to stay safe and provide safety to other people and my surroundings. My co-workers were hard working people who were eager to help me learn and management was always ready to have fun and provide a safe work environment. The hardest part about my job was the long hours sitting and the most enjoyable part about my job was the environment and co-workers.
Production equipment operator (Former Employee) – Gillette, WY – October 3, 2014
I operated a wide variety of heavy equipment in order to maintain proper grade/elevations for open surface coal mines. I built roads, hauled coal, topsoil and overburden while maintaining all safely regulations. I prioritized a high level of communication with coworkers to ensure safety and maximized work efficiency.
great environment, 7 days off every month is a great perk.
was offered a position with Rio Tinto to manage the ISO14001 environmental systems for the coal mining division in Wyoming. His responsibilities also included evaluating fuel technology options as they were presented to the company. These evaluations included: Fischer Tropsch fuels, CNG fuels, DME fuels, Methanol blends, Bio Diesel blends, GTL diesel blends, and various fuel additives. A significant effort was extended in a haul truck study which analyzed in use fuel economy and emissions. This effort resulted in a published SAE paper which has been included in the SAE International Journals. This technical paper was judged by the SAE World Headquarters to be “among the most outstanding SAE technical papers of 2008”
On conclusion of the haul truck fuel efficiencies study, he was assigned to Rio Tinto Corporate as the Principal Advisor for Fuel Management. This role required visiting mines around the world and providing: technical training on vehicle systems and fuel consumption factors, on site evaluations of fuel quality and fueling systems, and the development of an “on board” monitoring systems for fuel management. He was charged with the responsibility of organizing and conducting global fuel seminars which include representation from Caterpillar, Komatsu and MTU Detroit. These seminars were held in both the United States and in Australia. On his return from the global fuel assignment, he was instrumental in developing proprietary process for manufacturing coal derived synthetic crude oil, using a novel low severity process method. He retired from the mining segment aftermore... five years of productive service.less
Take care of scheduled maintenance, try to quickly but safely get the breakdowns back up and going. My coworkers are very knowledgable and hard working. The hardest part of my day is the rotating shifts. I like the fact that everyday I learn new things.