What does a mining engineer do?
As a mining engineer, it’s your responsibility to come up with a plan of action for the extraction of oil, gas, and minerals, some of which may be precious or semi-precious, as well as a wide range of other natural resources that are found under the surface of the earth. You then manage all the engineering aspects involved in the extraction. As part of your job, you determine the different aspects of the extraction process, such as the type, the size, and the location of the mine, and figure out if it is necessary to build an open pit mine or an underground mine.
As a mining engineer, you’re expected to design a system that will be used to identify the exact location of the resources, extract them, and transport them to wherever they need to be taken. You also have to make sure that the machines and methods that you develop are safe and efficient.
A bachelor’s degree and good project management skills are essential for the job. An awareness of the hazards of the job and safety measures is also a prerequisite.