Extension Agent, Mining and Industrial Extension - Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and


Appointee will be responsible for:

  • Instructing Mine Rescue and Fire Brigade classes; Assist in First Responder Fire classes, SCSR/Smoke Expectation classes and all associated tasks;
  • Assist with developing and conducting Mine Emergency Response Development (MERD) exercises.
  • Conducting West Virginia Mine Foreman instruction.
  • Helping to further develop all associated training programs.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Independently develop training scenarios and instruct Mine Rescue and Fire Brigade classes at our simulated mine in Core, WV, at the MSHA Academy in Beckley, WV, and at mine sites.
  • Assist in developing training scenarios for MERD exercises that follow the appropriate State and Federal laws.
  • Instruct West Virginia Mine Foreman classes where they are needed.
  • Assist with First Responder Fire and SCSR/Smoke Expectation classes.
  • Perform all associated tasks which include setting up and tearing down: the simulated mine, mobile props and the department's mobile smoke trailer.
  • Assist in developing new training programs and improving existing ones.
  • Must be able to demonstrate proper use of all mine rescue and fire training equipment such as SCBA, fire extinguishers, charged fire hose and foam.
  • Must be able to wear and instruct on the proper use of all existing SCSR's used in underground coal mines.
  • Have the ability to go underground to improve training and make audits.
  • Must be able to wear SCBA's, mine rescue apparatus and bunker gear.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Must be self motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Demonstrate understanding of all aspects of mine rescue for underground coal mines.
  • Ability to lift forty (40) pounds; be able to stand or walk for up to eight (8) hours on uneven surfaces; capable of kneeling or crawling while wearing respiratory devices and bunker gear.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and implement a new course lesson plan.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage time and schedule effectively.
  • Ability to work in a group.
  • Ability to travel with a valid driver's license.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to operate a Computer.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, visit https://careers.wvu.edu/. Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting their qualifications for the position, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin December . Only candidates who submit complete documentation will be considered in the review process.

For further information, please contact Staci Miller, staci.miller@mail.wvu.edu or visit the MIE website at https://mindext.statler.wvu.edu/ .

Qualifications :

  • Bachelor of Science degree and five (5) years of underground coal mining experience; or, An Associate degree and ten (10) years underground coal mining experience.
  • Additionally, the candidate must have at least five (5) years' experience on a mine rescue team or an underground fire brigade team.
  • MSHA or West Virginia mine rescue instructor's card is required.

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