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MSHA News Release: [05/11/2007]
Contact: Dirk Fillpot          Amy Louviere
Phone:    (202) 693-9406   (202) 693-9423
Release Number 07-697-CHI

U.S. Labor Department's MSHA seeks new mine inspectors in Illinois
Metal and nonmetal inspector positions available in Peru

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is continuing its efforts to hire new metal and nonmetal mine inspectors by conducting applicant screenings May 18 and 19 at the Sheraton Lansing Hotel, 925 South Creyts Road, Lansing, Mich. The duty station for these positions will be Peru, Ill. Registration for all candidates will begin at 7 a.m. EDT. MSHA personnel will begin testing candidates at 8 a.m.

"We're interested in hiring individuals who want to dedicate themselves to our mission and help us eliminate hazards that threaten working miners," said Richard E. Stickler, assistant secretary for mine safety and health. "This agency needs motivated professionals eager to help us continue to protect the mining industry's number one resource - our nation's miners."

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.

Walk-in candidates are welcome to attend the screenings on a first-come, first-served basis, and everyone should bring a completed resume and photo identification. Check the MSHA Web site at 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, 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.

For additional information, please visit the Inspector Career Trainee Program Web Site at

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