2127-11 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
Plans and directs the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals from the earth.
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.
- conducts preliminary surveys of mineral deposits, with geologists or prospectors to determine the feasibility of ore extraction
- determines the most suitable methods of ore extraction taking account of such factors as depth of over burden, and attitude and physical characteristics of deposits and surrounding strata
- determines the safety of processes, order of extraction, safety of mine walls, evaluates the risk of slippage and advises on the prevention of slippage and rock falls
- prepares plans for tunnels and chambers, location and construction of mine shafts, layout of mine development, and the application of appropriate mining techniques often using computer modelling
- plans and coordinates the utilisation of labour and equipment consistent with efficiency, statutory, safety and environmental conditions
- conducts formal and informal reviews of mining operations
- prepares operation and project estimates and controls expenditure when mines come into production
- consults with geologists and other engineers on the design, selection and provision of machines, facilities and systems for mining, infrastructure such as access roads, water and power supplies, and protection or restoration of the environment