Terry J Collins

Underground Miner


Type of Miner?
Where are you currently mining?
Peerless Rachel Blackhawk internal slope
How long have you been mining?
14 years


What do you find most rewarding about your job as a miner?
The brotherhood

What are some of the challenges you face regularly in your work, and how do you address them?
The staying away from home and the long hours. I address this by enjoying every moment I get to spend at home with my family.

Are there any particular skills or qualifications that are essential for someone interested in becoming a miner?
 You must have a good work ethic, and be prepared for the worse and you will get the best.

How has your experience in the mining industry shaped your perspective on the importance of mining in our society?
All of the communities in my area are based from the money the mines provides them and without that these towns would become ghost towns because there is nothing else around here.

How do you see the future of mining evolving, and what opportunities or challenges do you anticipate?
With technology that coming in to today’s time it is making mining easier and safer. People think it’s still like it was in the old days but truth is you have to be smart to be a (good) miner.
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