Mining Engineer – Job Description

Mining engineers have to perform a tricky juggling act as they are responsible for both the safe and economically practical development of a mine.

It’s a job where you’ll need a sound understanding of how mines work, how they’re managed and how they have an impact on the surrounding area.

Although mining operations are running in the UK, the majority of jobs in this sector are overseas.

A typical mining engineer’s work schedule would involve working out the commercial viability of a new mine, designing a mine’s structure, overseeing the construction process and staff activities, managing budgets and planning for a mine’s eventual shut down.

The job is part analysis, part hands-on, so good people skills are just as important as scientific knowledge and the ability to plan, develop and deliver.

Graduates in any engineering discipline will have a head start in this industry, but those who have studied mechanical, petroleum, marine, minerals, chemical or civil engineering are always attractive candidates for potential employers.

Competition for jobs is fierce, so any extra qualification such as an Msc in a specific engineering subject for instance, could tip the balance in your favour.

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Other recommended resources:

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
A UK engineering institution which aims to incorporate all aspects of the materials cycle, bringing together research, excellence and professionals for discussion, networking and development. They offer a number of courses including training opportunities for young people and prestigious industry awards. They also provide a list of accredited courses in UK universities for those interested in pursuing an appropriate degree. The International Mining & Minerals Association is a sub-division dedicated to mining activities.

British Geological Survey
The primary source of national geoscience capability, they offer data, research and information across the breadth of geology. This translates into a useful resource for anyone looking to clue themselves up with the latest, relevant information. The BGS also provide a dedicated mining sub-division MineralsUK which offers plenty of up-to-date information.

Engineering council
The UK regulatory body for the engineering profession, they offer chartered status for mining engineers amongst a number of other professional development opportunities.

The Geological Society
The UK’s society for the geosciences, the Geological Society offers professional and scientific support through its position at the cutting edge of the research. They provide information about the industry including education and training opportunities and a online magazine resource: Geoscientist Online. Their activities include issues and research about mining and membership is useful for those interested in becoming a geologist in this field.

An organisation tasked with representing the European mining industry. They provide a number of services to its members including information on the latest EU policy and maintaining relations with Europe’s decision-makers.

Mining Journal
A weekly online newspaper resource for the mining industry, they offer the latest about all aspects of mining and is a great way to keep updated with relevant information. They also provide a global company directory.
A online news resource for the mining industry across all mineral sectors. The various divisions allow you to specify gold, coal, diamonds etc and provide the latest information about the goings on of the industry.

The latest news and intelligence about the global mining industry with career development, education, technology and supplies information and geographical resources.

Simon Thompson

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