The shuttle car operator drives electric or diesel powered shuttle cars, transporting mine materials from the area onto a conveyor or another mine car. They are responsible for controlling conveyors that run the length of the shuttle car and must manage the distribution of the loads along the conveyor. The operator drives the car to different ramps and locations and controls the discharge of loads. Operators also must know how to service equipment, clean, fuel and maintain the cars, and repair parts. Sometimes cars must be manually guided along tracks, and gears must be applied to switch rails. Cars may be attached to cables and guided down steep inclines and they need to be accurately positioned for loading.
Hand signals and markings must be observed and safety regulations must be adhered to at all times. The car operator must monitor the loading and unloading process from start to finish. Operators are also often responsible for grading, measuring and weighing material.