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MSHA News Release: [06/25/2007]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 07-921-DAL


U.S. Labor Department's MSHA seeks to hire mine inspectors for positions
in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
Applicant screenings to be held in Arlington, Texas, and Little Rock, Ark., for all locations


DALLAS - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is continuing efforts to hire new metal and nonmetal mine inspectors by conducting applicant screenings in Arlington, Texas, and in Little Rock, Ark., for general and electrical positions in Little Rock; Denham Springs, La.; Rolla, Mo.; Albuquerque and Carlsbad, N.M.; Norman, Okla.; and Dallas and San Antonio, Texas.

The Arlington, Texas, screenings will be held on July 9 and 10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 700 Ave. H East.

The Little Rock screenings will be held on July 13 and 14 at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 707 Interstate 30.

MSHA is the federal agency charged with inspection of mining operations nationwide for adherence to regulations designed to protect the safety and health of working miners.

"MSHA is seeking motivated professionals dedicated to helping us to protect the health and safety of working miners," said Richard E. Stickler, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. "We're looking for qualified people who can help us to continue to make safety the number one priority for the mining industry."

Interested citizens who have not previously registered via MSHA's Web site are welcome to attend, subject to space availability. Registration for all days will begin at 7 a.m. and testing will begin at 8 a.m. CDT. Everyone attending the screenings should bring a completed resume and photo identification. Check www.msha.gov to confirm the status of the screenings before traveling to the site.

All applicants will be notified of test results. Selected candidates will participate in a formal two-year training program. Successful candidates should be able to perform arduous duties and can expect a starting annual salary of about $43,000. In addition to a 40-hour workweek with generous annual, sick and holiday leave, selected candidates are offered health, life and long-term care insurance; a stable retirement program, including a tax-deferred savings plan; travel reimbursement; and flexible spending accounts for medical and dental expenses.

MSHA is recruiting these inspectors under the agency's ongoing Mine Inspector Career Trainee Program. For additional information, please visit the program Web site at www.msha.gov/Inspectors/InspectorsInternProgram.asp.


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