Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying

Occupation:Mining and Quarrying Supervisors
Category:Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining

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

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 secondary 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.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

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)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Supervisors, Mining and Quarrying70xxx
Minimum: $14.20
Median: $26.00
Maximum: $46.00
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $87,111
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining14,665Decline slightly910High
Minimum: $10.85
Median: $16.00
Maximum: $31.88
Minimum: $4,009
Median: $23,520
Maximum: $87,170
Supervisors, Mining and QuarryingCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
Percent employed full-time100%84%
Percent self-employed2%22%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentSupervisors, Mining and QuarryingCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Cape Breton40%x13%$32,974
Annapolis Valley25%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeSupervisors, Mining and QuarryingCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
Median Age5645
GenderSupervisors, Mining and QuarryingCompared to: Occupations in Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% Employed% Employed
EducationSupervisors, Mining and QuarryingCompared to: All Farming, Fishing, Forestry, and Mining
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high school25.0%$123,16734.0%$14,445
High school25.0%$111,99131.5%$14,229
Trades certificate20.0%$62,67014.0%$19,107
College certificate or diploma10.0%$129,55814.3%$21,289
University certificate or diplomaxx1.1%$17,641
Bachelor's degree10.0%$75,1904.3%$15,980
University advanced certificate or diplomaxx0.3%$17,206
Master's degreexx0.4%x
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryxxN/AN/A
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful 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

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
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.
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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
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