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2143 - Mining Engineers

Mining engineers plan, design, organize and supervise the development of mines, mine facilities, systems and equipment; and prepare and supervise the extraction of metallic or non-metallic minerals and ores from underground or surface mines. Mining engineers are employed by mining companies, consulting engineering companies, manufacturers, government and in educational and research institutions.

  • Illustrative example(s)
    • mine design engineer
    • mine development engineer
    • mine layout engineer
    • mine production engineer
    • mine safety engineer
    • mine ventilation engineer
    • mineral engineer
    • mining engineer
  • All Examples
  • consulting mining engineer
  • engineer, mineral
  • engineer, mining
  • exploration engineer, mines
  • mine design engineer
  • mine development engineer
  • mine layout engineer
  • mine planning engineer
  • mine production engineer
  • mine safety engineer
  • mine ventilation engineer
  • mineral dressing engineer
  • mineral engineer
  • mines exploration engineer
  • mining engineer
  • Exclusion(s)
  • Engineering managers (0211)
  • Geological engineers (2144)
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers (2113)
  • Metallurgical and materials engineers (2142)
  • Mine managers (See 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing)
  • Petroleum engineers (2145)
  • Main duties

Mining engineers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct preliminary surveys and studies of ore, mineral or coal deposits to assess the economic and environmental feasibility of potential mining operations
  • Determine the appropriate means of safely and efficiently mining deposits
  • Determine and advise on appropriate drilling and blasting methods for mining, construction or demolition
  • Design shafts, ventilation systems, mine services, haulage systems and supporting structures
  • Design, develop and implement computer applications such as for mine design, mine modelling, mapping or for monitoring mine conditions
  • Plan and design or select mining equipment and machinery and mineral treatment machinery and equipment in collaboration with other engineering specialists
  • Plan, organize and supervise the development of mines and mine structures and the operation and maintenance of mines
  • Prepare operations and project estimates, schedules and reports
  • Implement and co-ordinate mine safety programs
  • Supervise and co-ordinate the work of technicians, technologists, survey personnel, and other engineers and scientists.
  • Employment requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in mining engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.
  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.
  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).
  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.
  • Additional information
  • Supervisory and senior positions in this unit group require experience.
  • Mining engineers work closely with geologists, geological engineers, metallurgical engineers, and other engineers and scientists, and mobility is possible between some fields of specialization.
  • Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.

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