Mine engineers work primarily for mining companies and provide technical support and directions for their operations. They also provide estimates relevant to mining construction and are involved with capital/expense projects and equipment selection for the company's mining operations.
Mine engineers may be involved in the customizing, troubleshooting, upgrading and even rebuilding of mining equipment and should decide when machinery must be replaced. They work directly with both equipment vendors and mining operations managers, and may serve as liaisons between coworkers and vendors in order to clarify what is needed in non-technical terms. Leadership and interpersonal skills are important in this position, and strong verbal and written communication skills are also beneficial.
These engineers must be able to work independently with minimal or no supervision, as well as in a team environment. Computer skills may be required in order to use various programs and software, and a bachelor's degree in a relevant engineering field is generally required by employers. They must always follow MSHA and OSHA regulations and are encouraged to attend classes, workshops and conferences relevant to their field. Mine engineers should be flexible in order to travel for their jobs and must be comfortable working underground. They may sometimes be away from their families for extended periods of time, as well.
Mining Engineer Tasks
Manage mine operations from supply procurement to project management.
Provide calculations and reports about supplies, reserves and operations.
Improve productivity and costs in areas like ore blending, safety and drilling/blasting.