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Mining Engineering Overview - Preparation - Day In The Life -
Earnings - Employment - Career Path Forecast - Professional Organizations

Day in the Life
Mining and geological engineers solve problems relating to finding, extracting, and preparing natural resources for a multitude of uses in manufacturing and utilities. 

Job Duties
Mining and geological engineers work on many different tasks, including designing either open-pit or underground mines.  Their duties may include supervising construction or coming up with transportation plans for the minerals, coal, or metals they extract. Some mining and geological engineers focus on safety issues, while others develop new advances in mining equipment that can either increase safety or production or both.  Some engineers will help improve separation processing systems for separating minerals from rocks, dirt or other materials in their raw state.  Others will assist in valuating a mining operation, to determine the likely profits from the facility and work in teams to determine measures for increasing profits while maintaining quality and safe operations.

The Workplace
The type of job a mining engineer has will often determine how much they work inside or outside. Many mining engineers work to solve problems related to land reclamation and water and air pollution, which will cause them to visit sites for evaluation. While some desk work is likely, most mining engineers will spend a good deal of time on job sites. There are international travel opportunities for some mining engineers, as their expertise is needed on a global basis.  Some mining engineers work on a consulting basis, and may spend most of their time in an office.

Teams and Coworkers
Almost all jobs in engineering require some sort of interaction with coworkers. For example, some mining engineers work with geologists and metallurgical engineers to locate and appraise new ore deposits. Whether they are working in a team situation, or just asking for advice, most engineers have to have the ability to communicate and work with other people. Engineers should be creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail-oriented. They should be able to work as part of a team and to communicate well, both orally and in writing. Communication abilities are important because engineers often interact with specialists in a wide range of fields outside engineering.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.



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