Mine supervisor


Mine supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities related to mining and quarrying in underground and surface mines and quarries. They oversee the workers, schedules, processes and organisation in the mines and quarries.

Mine supervisors typically do the following:

  • Supervise and coordinate personnel who extract minerals and ores.
  • Supervise and coordinate heavy equipment operators, drillers, and blasters.
  • Establish work methods to meet deadlines and coordinate work with other sections.
  • Order materials and supplies.
  • Resolve work problems and recommend actions to increase productivity.
  • Manage staff and ensure their training.
  • Ensure compliance with workplace safety standards.
  • Draft reports.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to mine supervisor:

mining supervisor
mine overseer
quarry supervisor
mine forewoman
mine overman
mine operations supervisor
mine foreman
resident supervisor
mine overwoman
mine production supervisor
mine technician
quarrying supervisor
mine technical supervisor

Working conditions

Mine supervisors typically work long hours, including weekends and holidays. They may be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They work in all types of weather conditions and may be exposed to health and safety hazards.

Mine supervisors typically work in an office environment, but they also spend time on the mine property, where they may be exposed to noise, dust, and fumes. They may be required to wear personal protective equipment, such as hard hats, safety glasses, and earplugs.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Mine supervisor is a Skill level 3 occupation.

Mine supervisor career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to mine supervisor.

mine shift manager
mine safety officer
air pollution analyst
desalination technician
mine surveying technician

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of mine supervisor. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of mine supervisor with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

mine planning engineer
quarry manager
mine health and safety engineer
mine production manager
mine development engineer

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of mine supervisor.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of mine supervisor.

  • Manage supplies: Monitor and control the flow of supplies that includes the purchase, storage and movement of the required quality of raw materials, and also work-in-progress inventory. Manage supply chain activities and synchronise supply with demand of production and customer.
  • Maintain records of mining operations: Maintain records of mine production and development performance, including performance of machinery.
  • Manage mine site data: Capture, record and validate spatial data for the mine site.
  • Oversee mine planning activities: Direct, control and examine mine planning and surveying staff and activities.
  • Supervise mine construction operations: Prepare and oversee mine construction operations e.g. shaft and tunnel constructions.
  • Evaluate mine development projects: Evaluate mining methods and procedures, including waste management, life-of-mine plans, production timelines and funds expenditures.
  • Communicate mine equipment information: Communicate transparently and efficiently with mine production management and machine operators. Pass on any relevant information such as outages, efficiency and productivity of the equipment.
  • Use mine planning software: Use specialised software to plan, design and model for mining operations.
  • Supervise work: Direct and supervise the day-to-day activities of subordinate personnel.
  • Inspect mine safety conditions: Inspect mining areas to ensure safe working conditions and equipment.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of mine supervisor. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Minerals laws: Law related to land access, exploration permits, planning permission and minerals ownership.
  • Geology: Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of mine supervisor. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Manage heavy equipment: Supervise the operation of heavy-duty equipment. Compute the availability of the equipment. Schedule maintenance periods.
  • Maintain plans of a mining site: Prepare and maintain surface and underground plans and blueprints of a mining site; carry out surveys and perform risk assessment of potential mining sites.
  • Optimise financial performance: Direct and coordinate the organisation’s financial operations and budget activities, in order to optimise financial performance.
  • Investigate mine accidents: Conduct investigation of mining accidents; identify unsafe working conditions and develop measures for improvement.
  • Write production reports: Make up and complete shift schedules and production reports in a timely manner.
  • Manage resources: Manage personnel, machinery and equipment in order to optimise production results, in accordance with the policies and plans of the company.
  • Evaluate mineral resources: Search for mineral resources, including minerals, oil, natural gas and similar non-regenerative resources after obtaining legal rights to explore in a specific area. Endorse the assessment of the mineral reserves.
  • Monitor mine production: Oversee mining production rates in order to estimate operational effectiveness.
  • Develop working procedures: Create standardised series of actions of a certain order to support the organisation.
  • Monitor mine costs: Monitor total costs of mining activities, projects and required equipment; pursue maximum operational cost efficiency.
  • Advise on mine production: Provide advice on the preparation of schedules and reports on mine production, facilities, systems and production processes and production rates to assess operational effectiveness.
  • Report on environmental issues: Compile environmental reports and communicate on issues. Inform the public or any interested parties in a given context on relevant recent developments in the environment, forecasts on the future of the environment, and any problems and possible solutions.
  • Schedule mine production: Generate mining plans on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis as appropriate.

ISCO group and title

3121 – Mining supervisors

  1. Mine supervisor – ESCO
  2. Mining Supervisors | Gouvernement du Québec
Last updated on December 16, 2022

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