We need Hoist Operators to transport people, equipment and materials safely up and down mine shafts. They are practical and steady operators who must be adaptable, quick-thinking and always on top of the latest regulations and procedures.

What is it Like to Work as a Hoist Operator in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Hoist Operators spend the majority of their shift working in a control room on the mine site.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Hoist Operators work independently and take initiative within a structured environment.  They also train and mentor new Hoist Operators.

Job Description

  • Transport people, equipment and materials up and down mine shafts
  • Safety is the top priority. Hoist operators inspect equipment to ensure safe operation
  • Troubleshoot in accordance with regulations and approved procedures
  • May train new Hoist Operators
  • May support the installation of new hoists in the mine
  • Monitor hoist activity and conditions from a control room


$34.09 an hour

$48.47 an hour

Job Prospect

Demand in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Communicates with people at all levels
  • Visualizes hoist movements
  • Adaptable, organized, alert and focused
  • Detail-oriented
  • Enjoys coaching and mentoring others
  • Respect and understanding of safety procedures, regulations and legislation
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Responsible and productive
  • Strong communication, math computer and trouble-shooting skills
  • Values safety, health and a positive working environment
  • Willing to engage in continuous learning and skills development
  • Works well with others

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and does not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.

Fixed Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Knowledge of occupational health and safety rules, and provincial hoisting regulations
  • Medical certificate attesting to the ability to operate the hoist (renewed annually)
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment
  • Emergency preparedness training
  • Proficiency in language of operation

Regional Requirement

  • Valid provincial hoisting certification
  • 10 or more years of experience working in or around mining shafts, including shaft inspections, cage tending, skip tending, chairing, sling and maintenance

May be Required

  • Successful completion of a mine-specific Hoist Operator exam
  • Two years of experience working underground


  • Experience in other areas of the mine (e.g., blasting or drilling)
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
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