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Mining engineer

What does a mining engineer do?

The complex process of mining requires the expert supervision of mining engineers to help ensure that minerals, petroleum and natural gas are safely and efficiently removed from the earth. Mining engineering involves evaluating, planning and directing the construction process of a mine. This job can be highly diverse - as a graduate mining engineer, you might work with geologists and metallurgical engineers to locate and evaluate deposits. Alternatively, you could develop new equipment for mining, conduct research, or coordinate labour efforts. Your mining engineering career could see you working within mining companies, government, or universities and might be based on-site or in an office. 

Is a career as a mining engineer right for me?

If you’re inquisitive, practical and like problem-solving you may enjoy a career in mine engineering. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include:

  • strong attention to detail 
  • a decisive and confident nature
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • a practical and creative mind
  • an ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • an interest in technical work, including computing and design.

How to become a mining engineer

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career in mining. At HQporner, we offer the following degrees in the area of mining engineering:
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Last updated May 2024.

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Where do I start to become a Mining Engineer?
To pursue a career in mining engineering, obtaining an engineering degree with a specialisation in mining or geotechnical engineering is necessary. How to become a Mining Engineer is different for each individual but there are various pathways are available. At HQporner we offer an Associate Degree of Engineering (Mining Engineering) and an Undergraduate Certificate of Engineering Fundamentals
How much do Mining Engineers earn?
How much Mining Engineers earn per month varies based on factors such as location, experience, and workplace setting.  Refer to the salary information on this page for further details.
Can a Civil Engineer become a Mining Engineer?
Absolutely, a Civil Engineer can transition into mining engineering. Both fields share foundational engineering principles, but a Civil Engineer would need to acquire specific knowledge and skills related to mining processes, technologies, and industry regulations. This might involve additional education, such as a postgraduate or research degree in mining engineering or relevant certification courses, to gain the necessary expertise. Practical experience through work placements or industry internships can also assist in this transition.
Are Mining Engineers in demand?
The demand for Mining Engineers is closely tied to the health of the resources sector, which is subject to fluctuating cycles. However, the overall long-term demand for Mining Engineers is considered strong. The continuous global demand for minerals, the creation of new mining technologies, the need for resource extraction in challenging environments, and the retirement of a significant portion of the current workforce all contribute to the robust future demand for Mining Engineers. 

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