How to become a mining engineer

Plan and direct the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals, petroleum and natural gas from the earth.

Pathways to this career

  1. Mining engineers must have a bachelor degree in engineering, majoring in mining or geotechnical engineering.
  2. Boost your profile as a mining engineer by studying a postgraduate degree, and gain higher level management roles.
  3. Apply for a graduate position or entry level role and work 2-3 years before progressing to a professional mining engineer classification.
  4. Industry licensing and registration may be a requirement in your state. For information on eligibility and how to apply, contact the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

What does a mining engineer do?

Mining Engineers direct the engineering aspects of the mining process. They coordinate the finding and extracting of minerals, petroleum, and natural gas.

Duties and tasks

  • Conduct preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits
  • Prepare operation and project costs and production schedules
  • Determine the most suitable methods of ore extraction
  • Preparing plans and supervise construction of tunnels and chambers, location and construction of mine shafts
  • Prepare technical reports for miners, engineers and managers
  • Assess the natural, technical, financial and safety risks of project operations
  • Planning and coordinating labour and equipment to meet targets, statutes, safety guidelines and environmental conditions
  • Provide solutions to problems related to land reclamation, water and air pollution, and sustainability

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