Mine Engineer

A mine engineer provides detailed mine planning and engineering to a mine operations site, typically for phosphorus, potash or iron ore. Mine engineers will determine where valuable and accessible materials exist and devise ways to extract them from the ground. Additionally, they are responsible for ensuring the health and safety needs of workers are met during mining operations and that they follow all regulations.

Career Also Referred To As:

  • Mining engineer

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Develop and implement surface and underground mine plans
  • Prepare detailed maps, cross sections or other drawings from geologic, topographic, cost, production and other data
  • Provide drilling and blasting engineering and support for projects as assigned
  • Create reports outlining production, maintenance, equipment and unit costs
  • Work closely with mining staff to conduct and monitor mining, blending and transporting
  • Survey land for mining operations
  • Assist in the optimization of the mining process
  • Determine cost estimates for the development of mining properties
  • Identify and implement cost-saving measures
  • Ensure that any contract complies with company and governmental policies
  • Assist geologists with mapping geological disturbances and irregularities in affected mining rooms
  • Maintain accurate records and maps
  • Assist and cooperate with governmental inspections and corporate audits

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • agricultural mechanics
  • natural resources
  • industrial technology
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • environmental science
  • computer skills

Education/Training Required:

A bachelor’s degree in mining engineering, geomatics, geology or civil engineering is required. Applicants also need some level of experience in surface mining, short-range mine planning, drilling, blasting, geological modelling and surveying.

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