Mining engineers assess the feasibility, safety and productivity of potential mine locations and plan, manage and optimize the extraction of surface and underground deposits.
Mining engineers are involved at all stages of a project. Before a new site is developed, they assess its viability and assist with planning the mine’s structure.
They also manage and oversee mining production processes and are involved in the final closure and rehabilitation process.
Employers of mining engineers
- Mining companies
- Quarrying companies
- Extraction companies
- Environmental consultancies
- Large construction and manufacturing companies
- Mining consultancies
- assessing the commercial viability of new mining ventures
- undertaking feasibility studies
- modelling or designing potential mine sites
- preparing plans for mines, for example, tunnels and shafts for underground mines
- working with specialist software to support planning programmes
- overseeing major construction projects and ensuring that operations run smoothly
- monitoring activities underground
- overseeing staff activities, either in one site section or throughout an entire mine
- ensuring the safety of mining equipment and assessing mine equipment supplies
- establishing extraction systems
- overseeing the health and safety of the site, particularly in relation to issues such as ventilation
- planning for transition from surface to underground mining operations
- providing consultancy and advice on mining and mineral extraction projects
- filling in disused mine shafts
- reclaiming mine sites
- managing monthly budgets and keeping detailed records.
Entry is usually with a degree or diploma in one of the following subjects:
- civil engineering
- mine and quarry engineering
- minerals surveying
- mining and mineral engineering.
- working as part of a team, with the ability to manage and motivate people
- project management
- analytical problem-solving
- communication and presentation
- time management and planning, as well as the ability to prioritize your workload
- managing your finances and budgeting
- a good knowledge of IT and specialist software
- a willingness to travel and spend time away from home
- an outgoing and self-reliant nature
- knowledge of health and safety issues related to mining.