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Mining & Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

Also called: Mine Engineer, Mining Engineer, Engineer, Geologist

What they do:
Conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.
On the job, you would:
  • Select locations and plan underground or surface mining operations, specifying processes, labor usage, and equipment that will result in safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction of minerals and ores.
  • Design, implement, and monitor the development of mines, facilities, systems, or equipment.
  • Inspect mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • group things in different ways
Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • GEO-SLOPE GeoStudio
  • Maptek Vulcan
Data base user interface and query software
  • GijimaAst Mining Solutions International Mine2-4D
  • Microsoft Access
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Carlson SurvCADD

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$84,320
per year, on average
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