Michael & Dirk Dykstra

Hard Rock Miner

Type of Miner
Hard Rock
Where are you currently mining?
East Tennessee zinc mines
How long have you been mining?
3 years & 30+ years


What are some of the challenges you face regularly in your work, and how do you address them?
Being newer in the industry, you have to put yourself out there

What led you to mining?
Wanted to follow in my father footsteps

How do you see the future of mining evolving, and what opportunities or challenges do you anticipate?
Improvement of technology, I’ve seen my dad go on jack leg his whole life and now he’s on high tech equipment which has changed over the years. 

Are there any particular skills, qualifications or advice that are essential for someone interested in becoming a miner?
Being a hard worker and having a role model in your life

What do you find most rewarding about your job as a miner? Being able to work with my father is the best part of the mining community

What are your favorite things to do outside of work?
Gardening with dad, fishing with the family, going to Dave Matthew’s Band concerts

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