Mining Technology

Coal Mining offers some of the highest paying jobs in the region, can you dig it?

As a member of the Kentucky Coal Academy, we can teach you everything you need to know to be a miner. Our primary goal is to provide short-term training for new miners to meet the industry’s need for skilled workers.

The mission of the Kentucky Coal Academy is:

•To educate and train the coal workforce of the future.
•To create and sustain jobs in the coal industry.
•To provide career pathways for miners from high schools and area technology centers. This includes certificates and associates degrees

What can I learn?

The Kentucky Coal Academy’s Mining Technoclogy Curriculum focuses on the knowledge needed to succeed in the coal mining industry. Explanation is given to the statutory rights and safety procedures in all of the offerings including the self rescuer device, transportation controls, communication controls, mining conditions, mining methods, mining cylce, escapeways, emergency procedures, roof control, ground control, ventilization health hazards, clean-up and rock dusting, health and safety aspects of assigned task, mine gasses, explosives, compresseed cylinders, electric hazards, first-aid, operator of equipment, electrical knowledge and troubleshooting, repairing electrical and fluid power equipment, maintenance of equipment, fabricating, supervising, and the engineering aspects of mining

What are my options?


The Kentucky Coal Academy is structured to offer Associate of Applied Science degrees (AAS) in the following areas:

  • Operators Option
  • Electricians Option
  • Supervisors Option
  • Mechanic Option
  • Engineering Operations Option

The Kentucky Coal Academy offers Certificates in the following areas:

  • Underground Operator
  • Surface Operator
  • Surface Supervisor
  • Surface Field Mechanic
  • Surface Technician/Greaser
  • Apprentice I
  • Apprentice II
  • Technician I

How do I start?

• Provide Southeast with your ACT scores
• Complete an Application for Admission “Start Here”
• Send high school/GED transcripts to Southeast
• Meet with Mining Technology faculty

Contact Information

Murrel Dixon, Program Coordinator
E-mail: Murrel Dixon
606-589-3161
Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College
700 College Road
Cumberland, KY 40823