Mining and Quarrying Supervisors

(NOC 8221)

in All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Individuals in these jobs supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in underground and surface mining operations and quarries. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines and quarries.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

  • Estimate Decline slightly employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 910 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate High rate of unemployment in 2016

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Mining and Quarrying Supervisors most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 53% of Mining and Quarrying Supervisors who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $97,555. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$14.20

Minimum

$26.00

Median

$46.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$87,111

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

Hourly Pay

$10.85

Minimum

$16.00

Median

$31.88

Maximum

Annual Pay

$4,009

Minimum

$23,520

Median

$87,170

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Individuals in these jobs supervise and coordinate the activities of workers in underground and surface mining operations and quarries. They are employed by coal, metal and non-metallic mineral mines and quarries.

Job duties

Supervisors in this group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, coordinate and schedule the activities of workers who extract coal, minerals and ore; operate underground conveyances; and perform other services in support of underground mining, or of heavy equipment operators, drillers, blasters and other workers in surface mining and quarrying.
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and confer with managerial and technical personnel, other departments and contractors to resolve problems and coordinate activities.
  • Oversee the safety of the mining or quarrying operations.
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity.
  • Requisition materials and supplies.
  • Train workers in job duties, safety procedures and company policies.
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hiring and promotions.
  • Prepare production and other reports.

Sample job titles

  • blasters foreman/woman - mining and quarrying
  • construction supervisor - underground mining and quarrying
  • drilling foreman/woman - mining and quarrying
  • mine supervisor
  • production foreman/woman - mining and quarrying
  • quarry supervisor
  • shift foreman/woman - mining and quarrying
  • underground mine foreman/woman

Skills

For these jobs, you need an aptitude for administrative work and project management. Leadership, supervisory and effective communication skills, both oral and written, is essential. You must be able to work alone and as part of a team. You must be observant, responsible, and able to enforce rules and regulations.

Job requirements

  • Completion of high school is required.
  • Completion of a college or university program in mining technology or engineering may be required for some positions in this group.
  • Provincial certification as an underground mine supervisor, shift boss, or coal mining supervisor may be required.

Other considerations

Supervisory personnel usually have significant non-supervisory experience in a related job. Mobility between surface mining, underground mining, coal or metal mining sectors may be limited by differences in production technologies and licensing requirements. There is mobility between employers, especially for supervisors with post-secondary diplomas or degrees.

By the numbers

Quick look

70

employed in 2016

100.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

10.0%
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90%
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56.2

median age

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

14,665

employed in 2016

84.0%

employed full-time

22.0%

self employed

15.1%
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84.9%
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44.6

median age

Where will I likely work?

40.0%

Cape Breton

25.0%

Annapolis Valley

20.0%

Northern

10.0%

Halifax

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

46.7%

Mining (except O/G)

26.7%

Support for Mining and Oil and Gas Extraction

13.3%

Management, Admin & Other Support

13.3%

Other Industries

What is the age of Employment?

42.1%

45-54

22.8%

55-64

21.1%

35-44

7.0%

65+

5.3%

25-34

3.5%

15-24

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

42.3%

45-54

26.1%

55-64

18.9%

35-44

8.1%

25-34

3.6%

65+

Top levels of education

25.0%

High school

$111,991 median annual income
25.0%

Less than high school

$123,167 median annual income
20.0%

Trades certificate

$62,670 median annual income
10.0%

College certificate or diploma

$129,558 median annual income
10.0%

Bachelor's degree

$75,190 median annual income

Compared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

34.0%

Less than high school

$14,445 median annual income
31.5%

High school

$14,229 median annual income
14.3%

College certificate or diploma

$21,289 median annual income
14.0%

Trades certificate

$19,107 median annual income
4.3%

Bachelor's degree

$15,980 median annual income

Education & training

Adult high school/secondary diploma programs

This program is typically offered at the high school level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.

Institutions providing this program

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus

21 Woodlawn Road

Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7

(902) 491-4900

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus

5685 Leeds Street

Halifax, NS B3K 2T3

(902) 491-6722

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

Contacts

Nova Scotia Department of Environment
PO Box 442
Halifax, NS B3J 2P8
Tel: (902) 424-3600
Fax: (902) 424-0503
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum
Suite 1250, 3500 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West
Westmount, QC H3Z 3C1
Tel: (514) 939-2710
Fax: (514) 939-2714

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