We need Mine Dispatchers because they act as the central communication contact for mine production. Organized, with exceptional communication skills, Mine Dispatchers work with a variety of computer software to schedule and dispatch workers and crews.

What is it Like to Work as a Mine Dispatcher in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Mine Dispatchers work in a control-room to communicate orders to various mining teams to ensure the successful operation of a mine site.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Mine Dispatchers enjoy using computers and other tools to communicate information effectively. They solve problems using new technology and procedures to achieve mine site goals, and are well compensated for their efforts.

Job Description

  • Organize schedule and dispatch workers and work crews, as well as equipment and service vehicles according to requests, specifications or needs
  • Serve as the central communication contact for mine production and safety
  • Capture, validate and record mine site data, shift and production reports
  • Monitor traffic and heavy equipment through video cameras to ensure efficient use
  • Receive, prepare and relay work orders, messages and information to and from work crews, supervisors and field inspectors
  • Facilitate decision-making for mine management and engineering crew
  • Provide accurate information to ensure informed production decisions


$32.00 an hour

$39.05 an hour

Job Prospect

Demand in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Stays focused
  • Computer, problem solving and risk management skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong multi-tasking and time management skills
  • Values safety, health and positive working environment
  • Works well under pressure

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
  • Minimum of five years of experience working in a mine environment, including heavy equipment operations and different types of mobile equipment
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment
  • Proficiency in language of operation

May be Required

  • Experience operating computer-assisted communications and dispatching equipment
  • Knowledge of standard operating procedures in mining


  • Understanding of mine dispatch systems and operating software applications systems
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
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