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MSHA News Release: [10/29/2007]
Contact Name: Amy Louviere or Matthew Faraci
Phone Number: (202) 693-9423 or x9406
Release Number 07-1669-CHI

MSHA seeks to hire new mine inspectors in Midwest
Coal mine inspector positions available in Illinois and Indiana

ARLINGTON, Va. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is seeking to hire new federal coal mine inspectors for positions in Illinois and Indiana. Applicant screenings for these positions will be held on Nov. 3 and 4 in Ina, Ill., at Rend Lake College. The duty stations are in Benton and Hillsboro, Ill., and in Vincennes, Ind.

"MSHA is seeking motivated professionals dedicated to helping us 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 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. Everyone attending the screening 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 within the range of $35,752 to $68,787. 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.

Rend Lake College is located at 468 North Ken Gray Parkway in Ina. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and testing will begin at 8 a.m. Central Time. Note that daylight saving time will end during the early morning hours of Nov. 4.

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

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