Mining Engineer

Summary

Mining engineers plan and direct the engineering aspects of extracting mineral resources from the earth.

Duties & Tasks

Mining engineers may perform the following tasks:

  • conduct investigations of mineral deposits and undertake evaluations in collaboration with geologists, other earth scientists and economists to determine whether the mineral deposits can be mined profitably
  • determine the most suitable method of mining the minerals, taking into account factors such as the depth and characteristics of the deposit and its surroundings
  • prepare the layout of the mine development and the procedure by which the minerals are to be mined
  • prepare plans for mines, including tunnels and shafts for underground operations, and pits and haulage roads for open-cut operations, using computer-aided design (CAD) packages
  • plan and coordinate the employment of mining staff and selection of equipment with regard to efficiency, safety and environmental conditions
  • talk to geologists and other engineers about the design, selection and provision of machines, facilities and systems for mining, as well as infrastructure such as access roads, water and power supplies
  • coordinate with the operations supervisor to ensure proper implementation of plans
  • operate computers to assist with calculations, prepare estimates on the cost of the operation and control expenditure when mines begin production
  • oversee the construction of the mine and the installation of the plant machinery and equipment
  • ensure that mining regulations are observed, including the proper use and care of explosives, and the correct ventilation to allow the removal of dust and gases
  • conduct research aimed at improving efficiency and safety in mines
  • establish first aid and emergency services facilities at the mines.

Working Conditions

Mining engineers may work on site in remote areas. They often work for international companies and may travel or work overseas.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy technical work
  • willing to adhere to safety requirements
  • able to identify, analyse and solve problems
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • aptitude for computing and design
  • practical and creative
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • able to accept responsibility
  • able to think and act decisively.

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