UNIT GROUP 2127 MINING AND MATERIALS ENGINEERS
MINING AND MATERIALS ENGINEERS plan and direct the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals, petroleum and natural gas from the earth, and the engineering and commercial application of materials, manufacturing processes, products and related technologies.
The entry requirement for this unit group is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.
- conducting preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum or natural gas deposits, with prospectors, geologists, geophysicists and other engineers to determine the feasibility of extraction and the design and development of extractive processes
- determining the most suitable methods of ore extraction taking account of such factors as depth of overburden, and attitude and physical characteristics of deposits and surrounding strata
- preparing plans for tunnels and chambers, location and construction of mine shafts, layout of mine development, and the application of appropriate mining techniques
- planning and conducting research and providing advice on engineering operations for the exploration, location and extraction of petroleum or natural gas
- planning locations for drilling and deciding on types of derrick and equipment, including seabed platforms
- reviewing plans for new products and submitting material selection recommendations in accordance with design specifications and factors such as strength, weight and cost
- planning and implementing laboratory operations, to develop material and fabrication procedures for new materials and fulfil product cost and performance standards
- conferring with producers of materials, such as metals, ceramics, polymers, cements and elastomers during the investigation and evaluation of materials suitable for specific product applications
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