Mining superintendents have administrative responsibilities for a mining or excavation site and must ensure that entire operations are optimized in ways that ensure maximum efficiency while maintaining safety standards throughout the location. These superintendents typically work with general managers and upper-level executives to establish targets for mineral extraction value, and also with individual staff members to help meet these pars.
Mining superintendents help set staffing pars for various shifts and may have the final say regarding hiring and promotion decisions. They also help create optimal conditions for the removal of targeted minerals and useful products while maintaining systems to re-appropriate and dispose of waste material created in the process. They will work with various reporting team leads and mining group foremen to establish these operational techniques and ensure the necessary equipment is provided and in good working order.
Safety and regulatory compliance fall under the superindendent's responsibility, as they monitor waste levels and ensure that they fall within acceptable environmental standards. They also review all equipment and site inspection data on a daily basis and analyze these reports to recognize potential problems that can be addressed before they become serious. They also work with team foremen and group managers at work-sites to address safety concerns that may be encountered in the mine.
Most mining superintendents have an extensive background that covers engineering, geology, and management. Many have post-graduate education in a relevant capacity, such as industrial engineering. The superintendent will typically have an office at a mining site, but will also do site inspections and observations within the mine itself.