By Roadtrip Nation

Dan Moss


My road in life has been direct.
I grew up in a small mining and ranching town in Nevada, where I gained a lot of experience working and handling equipment.
I played three sports in high school and worked a full-time job in order to support those sports.
Rather than going straight to college, I knew I wanted to work and make money after graduating high school.
I took a job working in exploration drilling in Alaska for about six months because it was the best financial opportunity at the time.
When I came back to Nevada, I started drilling for a small blasting company—however, the company moved around a lot and I knew I wanted something a bit more stable.
I was able to get a job with the Nevada Gold Mines as an equipment operator driving the haul trucks.
After working for a while, I got the opportunity to move into the drilling and blasting side of mining—I was only 21 years old, which is actually the youngest age at which you can handle explosives!
Since starting at Nevada Gold Mines, I’ve driven haul trucks, worked in the blasting department, moved up to lead blaster and relief supervisor, and now work on planning in the engineering department.


High School


Short Range Engineer & Open Pit Blaster

I design plans for drilling holes and blowing up hard rock to retrieve mineral deposits.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I start my day by hopping on the computer to see what operations have happened. Then I gather a few teammates and tour the whole site to evaluate operation and safety. Back at the office, I put together a plan and present it at a mid-day meeting so all of the supervisors in survey, engineering, open pit, and drill and blast can contribute. We finalize a 24-hour mine plan in the meeting. I also go on an end-of-day tour to make sure the plan is working and that we’re ready for the next crew.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

We offer a lot of different internships in different departments here. If this seems like an industry you want to get into, you can get that hands-on experience through an internship.


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You should get a college degree."

Challenges I Overcame

Fitting In

Interviewed By

All In

All In

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