MINE OVERSEER’S CERTIFICATE OF COMPETENCY
- An original testimonial of sobriety and suitability of the prospective candidate by a certificated Mine Manager must be supplied. The testimonial must be on the company letterhead, with full contact details.
- That he or she is the holder of a permanent Blasting Certificate recognized by the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate for the purposes of the examination.
- That he or she has attained the age of 22 years.
- That, with certain exceptions, he or she has had at least four years of practical experience, acceptable to the Commission of Examiners, gained in the workings of a mine and such experience shall include at least six months at the working face on rock-breaking or winning minerals or work directly connected therewith.
The engineering mechanics problem posed in all structural design is the prediction of the performance of the structure under the loads imposed on it during its prescribed functional operation.
The subject of engineering rock mechanics, as applied in mining engineering practice, is concerned with the application of the principles of engineering mechanics to the design of the rock structures generated by mining activity.
The discipline is closely related to the main streams of classical mechanics and continuum mechanics, but several specific factors identify it as a distinct and coherent field of engineering.
A widely accepted definition of rock mechanics is that first offered by the US
National Committee on Rock Mechanics in 1964, and subsequently modified in 1974:
Rock mechanics is the theoretical and applied science of the mechanical behavior of rock and rock masses; it is that branch of mechanics concerned with the response of rock and rock masses to the force fields of their physical environment.
The purpose of this certificate is to equip learners with the theoretical knowledge, technical skills and practical ability to function as a Strata Control Officer within the mining environment. Strata Control Officers assist personnel engaged in mining operations to ensure:
• The safety and efficiency of mining operations.
• Pro-active reduction in Levels of rock related risk in mining operations.
• The development of awareness regarding rock-related risk among mining personnel.
• The qualifying learner should be able to assist the Rock Engineer with the design, implementation and monitoring of strategies to reduce rock-related risk, such as mining layouts and support systems.
• The assessment and interpretation of rockmass behaviour and response