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Mining Engineer

University Qualified

Mining Engineers plan and determine the efficient exploration and extraction processes of minerals from the earth.

Mine Engineers work closely with Geologists, Metallurgists and other associated engineers to determine new mineral deposits, the life span of the mine and design and development the extraction process.

Mine Engineers use engineering, science and technology to design and prepare plans and projected costs to determine the most suitable method of ore extraction.

Mine Engineers have applied knowledge in engineering, physics, chemistry and maths. They have complex problem-solving and advanced analytical skills.

Mining Engineer

“Every day brings unique challenges, opportunities to learn and most importantly – is fun and interesting.” – Ellen, Grange Resources

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Tasks for this role

  • Conducting preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, Geologists, Geophysicists, other mineral scientists and other engineers to determine the resources present, the feasibility of extracting the reserves, and the design and development of the extraction process

  • Preparing operation and project cost estimates and production schedules, and reporting progress, production and costs compared to budget

  • Determining the most suitable methods of ore extraction taking account of such factors as depth of overburden, and attitude and physical characteristics of deposits and surrounding strata

  • Preparing plans for tunnels and chambers, location and construction of mine shafts, layout of mine development and the application of appropriate mining techniques, often using computer modelling

  • Assessing the natural, technical, financial and safety risks associated with the phases of the project development, construction and operations

  • Determining the safety of processes, order of extraction and safety of mine walls, evaluating the risk of slippage and advising on the prevention of slippage and rock falls

  • Planning and coordinating the utilisation of labour and equipment consistent with efficiency targets, statutes, safety guidelines and environmental conditions

  • Planning and conducting research and providing advice on engineering operations for the exploration, location and extraction of petroleum and natural gas

  • Determining location for drilling

  • Deciding on types of derrick and equipment including seabed platforms

  • Devising methods of controlling the flow of oil and gas from wells


  • Very high skill level
  • Below Average Unemployment
  • Practical, Analytical and Enterprising
  • Light/Medium physical demand

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