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Mining Engineer Job Description, Career as a Mining Engineer, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training: College

Salary: Median—$64,690 per year

Employment Outlook: Excellent

Definition and Nature of the Work

Mining engineers plan mining operations and design underground and surface mines. They also design mining equipment and supervise technicians and workers who use it. Most mining engineers work for firms in the coal and metal industries. Some specialize in just one of these industries. Engineers can work for companies that make mining equipment. Others work for government agencies that regulate the mining industry.

When new deposits of ore are discovered, mining companies send engineers to determine whether the deposits can be mined profitably. Engineers study maps, waterways, and samples of rock. They also meet with scientists and government officials. If the mining engineers decide that the deposits can be mined profitably, A mining engineer refers to plans at a strip mine. (© Martha Tabor/Working Images Photographs. Reproduced by permission.) they begin to plan mining operations. If an underground mine is to be used, engineers design mine shafts and tunnels. If the situation calls for surface mining, the engineers decide where to dig the pits and where to put the rock and soil that are removed during the mining process.

Mining engineers supervise the mining operation. They train crews of workers and supervisors. Engineers and engineering technicians inspect mines to make sure that the roofs of underground mines are supported correctly and that the air in mine shafts does not contain poisonous gases. These engineers may also inspect and repair mining equipment. Some mining engineers help to plan ways of restoring the land around mine sites so that it can be used for other purposes.

Mining engineers may specialize in designing equipment used to excavate and operate mines. This equipment includes ventilation systems, earth- and rock-moving conveyors, and underground railroads and elevators. Engineers also design equipment that chips and cuts rocks and coal. Others select explosives used to blast ore deposits.

Mining engineers also work for firms that sell mining supplies and equipment. Experienced mining engineers teach in colleges and universities and serve as consultants to industry and government.

Education and Training Requirements

At least a bachelor's degree is required to be a mining engineer. Some colleges and universities offer degrees in mining engineering. Some employers hire engineers with a degree in mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering. A master's or doctoral degree is usually necessary for those interested in doing research or teaching at the college level. Some schools offer work–study programs that enable students to get practical experience before graduation.

Engineers whose work affects public health and safety must be licensed in their state. Requirements for licensing generally include a degree in engineering, several years of experience in the engineering field, and a passing score on a test.

Getting the Job

College placement office may be able to help students find a job. Contacts made during a work–study program or summer job may also be helpful. Some mining firms send recruiters to campuses to find qualified engineers. Apply directly to companies, and check the want ads in professional journals and magazines.

Advancement Possibilities and Employment Outlook

Mining engineers can become directors of specific mining projects. Some head research projects. Other engineers advance to top management positions in their company.

New jobs in the field are dependent on the state of industries such as coal, copper, and metal mining, which are expected to experience decreased employment in the future. A significant number of mining engineers currently employed are approaching retirement age, which should create some job openings.

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) estimates that around 200,000 geoscience jobs will need to be filled over the next eight years. A total of 242 degrees in Mining Engineering were conferred in the 2011-2012 academic year and the Society for Mining Professors has estimated that the United States needs 300 new mining engineers each year.

Working Conditions

Mining engineers usually work with several other engineers and technicians or supervise small crews of workers and technicians. Most mining engineers divide their time between their offices and the mine shafts or pits. Engineers may be required to travel several times per year to study methods and inspect equipment that might be useful in their mines. Most engineers work forty hours a week. However, engineers whose mines operate around the clock can expect some shift work.

Where to Go for More Information

American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers
PO Box 270728
Littleton, CO 80127-0013
(303) 948-4255
http://www.aimeny.org

Mining and Metallurgical Society of America
476 Wilson Ave.
Novato, CA 94947-4236
(415) 897-1380
http://www.mmsa.net

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration P.O. Box 277002
Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 973-9550
http://www.smenet.org

Earnings and Benefits

Mining engineers with a bachelor's degree earn an average starting salary of $48,643 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary is $64,690 per year.

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almost 6 years ago

eat my hole (:

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over 6 years ago

OK have to agree with Tim, I am a Junior at the University of Arizona and have already received 7 job offers in the last 6 months, all of my job offers except one were well over the median income listed here, and most of these were over 75K, Elijah has no idea what they are talking about, the number of people reaching retirement age means the opportunity for advancement is huge. Most of my friends have excepted jobs in Australia with a starting salary of 110 to 120K a year with tax breaks.

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about 5 years ago

when i grow up i want to a mining engineer. i do anything to get a job as mining engineer. i know that i will go to college first to get a job so, i am going to try my hardest. to get a job like us. im 13 but i only have 4 more years unitl 18. after i turn 18, im going to straight to college. when i have kids, i wont then to working for a mining engineer. so that all bye

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over 5 years ago

I am even a student at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. I think I could to learn more importent things about Mining engineering field.Thank you

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about 5 years ago

i wish to have detailed information about mining engineering because i wish to be an engineer

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over 8 years ago

I think employment outlook in every industry is poor.You should not specify mining.

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almost 5 years ago

i'm proud to be a mining engineering.i believe am going places.

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over 5 years ago

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over 8 years ago

Better update your "Employment Outlook: Poor" statement.



If you have a heart-beat and a mining engineering degree you can get a job right now. So long as mineral commodities remain in high demmand mining will be a hot job market.

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over 5 years ago

this is joke seriously. what a...

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over 4 years ago

Hey Eric I'm going to U of A next year and I too will become a mining engineer. Is it hard in your opinion to become a mining engineer?

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almost 5 years ago

hi im really interested in this whole mining Engineer stuff i love the Rocks colors and everything traveling and i am 16 turning 17 in october and i really want to be a mining engineer so if any one has what collage i should go to please im serious so please email me at R7024206996@yahoo.com please i want to KNOW ALOT MORE ive always loved this stuff so email me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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over 2 years ago

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