Based on the article “Wendy Hutchinson: Making the Land Better for Everyone”
Objective: To identify, compare, and contrast traits and skills needed for a variety of jobs within the coal industry.
Overview: Students will read “Coal, Careers and You” and identify necessary traits and skills needed to work in the coal industry. They will then take a quiz on the material and discuss the reading as a class.
Standards Addressed: Career Development K-12 Competencies and Indicators:
- Competency VI: Skills to understand and use career information.
- Competency VIII: Awareness of how work relates to the needs and functions of society.
- Print out or have students read on a computer/tablet the “Coal, Careers and You” booklet. Students can read in small groups, individually, or as a class.
- Hand out the quiz to students and have them use “Coal, Careers and You” to find the correct answers.
- Go over the quiz as a class.*
- Use the following discussion questions to compare skills students are learning in the classroom to the skills needed by workers in the coal industry:
- If a friend said they wanted to work in the coal industry, what subjects would you tell them to learn about?
- Based on the skills mentioned in “Coal, Careers and You,” what coal industry career(s) do you think you would be good at? (i.e. computer skills for a mapping specialist, math skills for a ventilation engineer)
- What coal industry career sounds most interesting to you, and why?
1. United States
2. Drills holes through the coal deposit to obtain a core sample
3. Math, trigonometry, computer
5. To keep mine air circulating, remove harmful emissions, and control dust to protect workers’ health
6. Worked with Native Americans to plant vegetation / cleaned up old piles of anthracite coal and used it to generate electricity / returned degraded stream to its natural state / used native plants to turn a former mine into a wildlife habitat / created cattle grazing and wildlife habitat
7. Safety specialist / mine rescue specialist / industrial hygienist / director of safety training / ventilation technician or engineer / safety inspector / EMTs
8. Air and water around the power plant
9. 12,000 to 15,000
10. Alabama / Illinois / Indiana / Michigan / New York / Ohio / Pennsylvania / Virginia / West Virginia