Mining engineer

One of the most specialised types of engineers, 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

  • Constructing tunnels and chambers at mining sites
  • Coordinating labour and manpower at mining and drilling sites
  • Designing and carrying out surveys to determine the location of minerals, petroleum, and natural gas
  • Determining the most appropriate method of extraction
  • Developing locations and plans for drilling into the earth
  • Ensuring the cost-effectiveness of any given mining project

Skills required

  • Critical thinking and logic skills
  • High mathematical ability
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Keen spatial awareness
  • Multitasking

Working conditions

Like many other types of engineers, Mining Engineers usually begin their projects by drawing up plans and blueprints in office settings. Once the physical labour begins, Mining Engineers are often directed to work on-site to oversee the various aspects of the project.

Professional associations / Industry information

Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia 

Engineers Australia Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering 

Mining Carers Australia (MCA) 

Related jobs and job titles

  • Drillers Assistant
  • Geologist
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Process Engineer (Mining)
  • Surveyor

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