Mining engineers (NOC 2143)

About this job

Mining engineers:

  • plan, design, organize and oversee the development of mines, mine facilities, systems and equipment
  • prepare and oversee the extraction of metallic or non-metallic minerals and ores from underground or surface mines
  • work for mining companies, consulting engineering companies, manufacturers, government and educational and research institutions
Common job titles
  • engineer, mine design / layout
  • engineer, mine exploration
  • engineer, mine production
  • engineer, mine ventilation / safety
  • engineer, mine design / layout
  • engineer, mine exploration
  • engineer, mine production
  • engineer, mine ventilation / safety

Duties

Mining engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • carry out initial surveys and studies of ore, mineral or coal deposits to assess the economic and environmental feasibility of potential mining operations
  • determine the appropriate means of safely and efficiently mining deposits
  • determine and advise on appropriate drilling and blasting methods for mining, construction or demolition
  • design shafts, ventilation systems, mine services, trasnport systems and supporting structures
  • design, develop and put into use computer applications for mine design, mine modelling, mapping or monitoring mine conditions
  • plan, design or select mining and mineral treatment equipment in collaboration with other engineering specialists
  • plan, organize and oversee the development of mines, mine structures and the operation and maintenance of mines
  • prepare operations and project estimates, schedules and reports
  • put into use and co-ordinate mine safety programs
  • supervise and co-ordinate the work of technicians, technologists, survey personnel, and other engineers and scientists

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or school.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.

Mining engineers also work closely with geologists, geological engineers, metallurgical engineers, and other engineers and scientists, and mobility is possible between some fields of specialization.

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