Skills development and training of future workers in mining automation control rooms

Chirgwin, Peta (2021) Skills development and training of future workers in mining automation control rooms. Computers in Human Behavior Reports, 4:100115. pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

The benefits and value promised by autonomous mining technologies in mine control will only be delivered when an equal focus is placed on humans and machines alike. This paper explores the obstructions mine controllers face, examining the fundamental reasons why technology adaption does not reach its full potential and why the industry is facing a skills resource shortage in this area. This is the first of two papers developing our understanding of the job design and task allocations of a mine controller's role. This will assist in addressing the shortcomings of inadequately designed Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and facilitate improvements in human factors. The goals of this first paper are to present a field study of the mine controller role from a human factors' perspective. Through interviews, in situ observations and analysis of job descriptions of current mine control roles a common skill set, and human factors requirements was developed and analysed against data reviewed from current literature. The findings reveal issues with technology integration, particularly in job design and training for the mine controller, are resulting in a shortage of available candidates for autonomous control. Therefor there is a need to develop robust workplace training practices, coupled with higher education that is valid, effective, and adaptable to an ever-changing and technology-intensive working environment.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2022 05:42
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 01:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Automation; Control room; Mining; Technology; Training; Work design
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4010 Engineering practice and education > 401002 Engineering education
40 ENGINEERING > 4010 Engineering practice and education > 401003 Engineering practice
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chbr.2021.100115
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/47787

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