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Field Trips

Field Trips
Field trip to Amerikohl’s Sann Surface coal mine in northern Washington County, May 2013. Students viewed modern coal mine reclamation practices as well as a surface overburden blast.

Field trips have become an important tool to demonstrate concepts discussed in class with real world examples. A corner-stone of this activity is the semi-annual trip to CONSOL’s Enlow Fork mine in Washington County, PA. Every term, a dozen students are taken underground to view modern mining practices. They are shown the importance of safety and travel to a continuous miner section and the longwall face. Other field trips include:

  • CONSOL’s Bailey mine in Greene Co., PA to observe processes at a modern preparation plant
  • Alpha Natural Resource’s Cumberland mine and CONSOL’s Dilworth mine, both in Greene Co., PA, to view engineering controls used to mitigate environmental impacts from mining
  • Brookville Equipment Company, Brookville, PA, Joy Manufacturing Company, Franklin, PA, and J.H. Fletcher, Huntington, WV to examine equipment manufacturing processes
  • NIOSH experimental mine / research laboratory in South Park, PA to explore the latest in mining health and safety research
  • Robinson Fans to examine how industrial scale mine fans are designed and fabricated at their Zelienople, PA plant
  • CONSOL’s Shoemaker Mine in the northern panhandle of West Virginia to observe components of a mine ventilation system
  • CONSOL’s Hahn Treatment plant in northern Washington Co., PA to examine how coal mine discharge is treated to meet government standards
  • CONSOL’s Enlow Fork stream mitigation work on Templeton Fork in Greene Co., PA
  • Rosebud Mining’s Brush Creek slope construction project in Armstrong Co., PA to observe ground control techniques
  • AmeriKohl’s Sann surface coal mine in northern Washington Co., PA to observe state-of-the-art mine reclamation efforts