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Miner Training Options

Miner Training Options

The Vincennes University Mining Program provides a wide array of training courses for the mining industry. Classes can be taught at the Gibson Center in Ft. Branch, the Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis, the Vincennes campus, the Vincennes University Jasper Campus, or at a location best suited to your needs. The VU Mining Program holds public classes every month for new miners and to provide refresher training to experienced miners.   A current listing of scheduled classes can be found under the Schedules section of our Miner Training page. Please call the office at (812) 888-5031 to schedule a class and for current pricing.

Types of Training:

  • Surface New Miner Training (24 Hours/3 Days):

All 24 Hrs are conducted in a classroom environment utilizing lecture, classroom discussion, audio-visual presentations, worksheets, and demonstrations.

Topics to be covered: statutory rights of miners, self-rescue and respiratory devices, transportation, controls and communications systems, escape and emergency evacuation plans, firewarning and firefighting, ground control, working in areas of highwalls, water hazards, pits and spoil banks, illumination and night work, health, hazard recognition, electrical hazards, first aid, explosives, and the health and safety aspects of the tasks assigned to the miner, including hazard communications.  (The Introduction to Work Environment section must be completed at a working mine site on the fourth day of instruction.)
 

  • Underground New Miner Training (32/4 Days):

All 32 hours are to be conducted in a classroom environment utilizing lecture, classroom discussion, audio-visual presentations, worksheets, and demonstrations.

Topics to be covered: statutory rights of miners, self-rescue and respiratory devices, enter and leaving the mine, transportation controls and communication systems, mine map, escapeways, evacuation and barricading plans, roof or ground control and ventilation plans, heath, clean-up, rock dusting, hazard recognition, electrical hazards, first aid, mine gasses, and the health and safety aspects of the tasks assigned to the miner, including hazard communications. (The Introduction to Work Environment section must be completed at working mine site on the fifth day of instruction.)

  • Surface Underground Combination New Miner Training
    All 40 hours are conducted in a classroom environment utilizing lecture, classroom discussion, audio-visual presentations, worksheets, and demonstrations.

    Topics to be covered: statutory rights of miners, self-rescue and respiratory devices, enter and leaving the mine, transportation controls
    and communication systems, mine map, escapeways, evacuation and barricading plans, ground control, working in areas of highwalls, water hazards, pits and spoil banks, illumination and night work, roof or ground control and ventilation plans, health, clean-up, rock dusting, hazard recognition, electrical hazards, first aid, mine gasses, and the health and safety aspects of the tasks assigned to the miner, including hazard communications. 
     
  • Surface Annual Refresher Training (8 Hours/1 Day):

All 8 hours are conducted in a classroom environment utilizing lecture, classroom discussion, audio-visual presentations, worksheets, and demonstrations.

Topics to be covered: mandatory health and safety standards, transportation controls and communication systems, escape and emergency evacuation plans, fire warning and firefighting, ground control, working in areas of highwalls, water hazards, pits, and spoil banks, illumination and night work, first aid, electrical hazards, prevention of accidents, health, explosives (where applicable), self-rescue and respiratory devices.
 

  • Underground Annual Refresher Training (8 Hours/1 Day):

All 8 hours are conducted in a classroom environment utilizing lecture, classroom discussion, audio-visual presentations, worksheets, and demonstrations.

Topics to be covered: mandatory health and safety standards, transportation controls and communication systems, barricading, roof or ground control, ventilation, emergency evacuation and firefighting plans, first aid, electrical hazards, prevention of accidents, self-rescue and respiratory devices.
 

  • Surface Underground Combination Annual Refresher (10 Hours/1 Day):

All 10 hours are conducted in a classroom environment utilizing lecture, classroom discussion, audio-visual presentations, worksheets, and demonstrations.

Topics to be covered: mandatory health and safety standards, transportation controls and communication systems, escape and emergency evacuation plans, fire warning and firefighting, ground control, working in areas of highwalls, water hazards, pits, and spoil banks, illumination and night work, first aid, electrical hazards, prevention of accidents, health, explosives (where applicable), self-rescue and respiratory devices, barricading, roof or ground control, and ventilation.
 

  • Initial Supervisory First Aid Training (10 Hours/1 Day)
  • Supervisory First Aid Annual Refresher Training (5 Hours/1 Day)
  • Train the Trainer Courses (24 Hours/3 Days):

With the mining industry’s best interest in mind, we have decided to utilize MSHA district’s expertise to help determine which candidates have enough background/competencies in subject areas pertaining to mining. All final approvals of eligibility will be determined by MSHA.

  • Initial Electrical Certification
  • Annual Electrical Recertification
  • Other Workshops, Seminars, and Events