Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
71743 11 ST G3 C 665-09 04/28/2007
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04/28/2007 71743


DEFINITION: This is professional and managerial work directing an engineering division in the Bureau of Mine Safety.

An employee in this job manages one or more major functional or programmatic areas related to underground miner safety, including a mining engineering or electrical engineering section. Work includes planning, developing, scheduling, coordinating, implementing and evaluating assigned program activities through subordinate supervisors. Work involves directing the safety inspection and mining engineering programs for all bituminous underground mines or directing the electrical safety equipment approval and electrical engineering programs for all underground mines. Work also involves representing the bureau, Department or the Commonwealth in sensitive dealings with government officials and industry representatives and during emergency situations. Work is assigned in the form of broad program goals and objectives, and the employee exercises considerable judgment in determining specific goals and objectives, and in planning and assigning the work. Work is reviewed upon completion by the bureau director through reports and conferences for attainment of program goals and objectives, completeness and program quality.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: Directs the activities of a division in the Bureau of Mine Safety that includes a mining engineering or electrical engineering section.

Directs the issuance of plan approvals, permit conditions and variances for underground mining operations.

Directs the safety inspection of underground mines and associated equipment, facilities and installations.

Directs the review of complete underground mine electrical systems and electrical equipment.

Directs the enforcement of underground coal mining laws.

Directs the investigation of accidents and incidents in underground mines.

Directs the testing of miners and mine officials and the issuance of original certificates.

Determines, develops and implements program goals, objectives and priorities.

Participates in the development of the operating budget for the bureau.

Represents the bureau, Department or Commonwealth in dealings with federal, local and Commonwealth officials and on special committees and conferences.

Develops and delivers speeches and presentations to special interest groups, legislators, media and the public.

Reviews proposed legislation for possible impacts on the mine safety program and recommends whether the Department should support or oppose the legislation.

Performs the full range of supervisory duties.

Employees in this job may participate in the performance of their subordinates’ work consistent with operational or organizational requirements.

Travels to various field sites.

Performs related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Knowledge of federal and Commonwealth laws, regulations, policies and procedures governing safety in underground mines.

Knowledge of the methods, techniques and processes used in underground mining operations.

Knowledge of the operating characteristics of machinery used in underground mining operations.

Knowledge of the construction and operation of underground mine electrical installations.

Knowledge of the hazards and safety precautions required while working in underground mines.

Knowledge of the basic principles and practices of mining engineering pertaining to the design and review of drawings and specifications for underground mining operations.

Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective supervision.

Ability to read, understand, interpret and write technical mining material.

Ability to perform the mathematical calculations used in the underground mining program.

Ability to analyze and develop new or improved methods, techniques and procedures for use in the underground mining program.

Ability to communicate effectively orally.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Seven years of experience in underground mining or in the regulation of underground mining operations, including two years of supervisory experience; and a bachelor’s degree in engineering, industrial safety, geology, or any field closely related to underground mining operations or miner safety;


Eleven years of underground mining experience, including two years of supervisory experience;


An equivalent combination of experience and training.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Certain positions in this job will require possession of a valid underground miner’s certificate issued by or acceptable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Certain positions in this job may require possession of a valid Professional Engineer license issued by the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.