Mining Engineering Career


Mining engineers plan, evaluate and oversee the construction of mines. They manage mining projects, monitor mining safety and ensure environmental efficiency while mitigating hazardous impacts. Generally, mining engineers are very important to the US economy since the country is among the largest producers and consumers of mining products worldwide. As a career, mining engineering is a discipline that demands theory, science and technology; it applies all these in extraction and processing of minerals. Mining engineers are specifically trained to locate, extract and prepare minerals.

How to Become a Mining Engineer

Mining engineers are different from miners; people often confuse the two. To become a mining engineer, you must possess good scientific and mathematical skills and knowledge right from high school level. You must also have background knowledge in geography, history and sciences including chemistry, biology and physics. Equipped with these, the next step is finding a college that offers courses for mining engineers. Specialization will kick in here, since mining engineering is quite a broad field. Mining engineering courses offered in colleges, universities and other tertiary learning institutions take between two and six years depending on the course chosen, level of education desired and whether it is fulltime or part time.

Qualifications: Courses, Training, Certification

Schools, Colleges and Education

To be a successful mining engineer, you must possess a minimum bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. However, mining engineers can as well hold degrees in electrical, civil or mechanical engineering. To be a researcher or a lecturer in mining engineering, a doctorate or masters degree is desired. Some of the coursework that graduate mining engineers complete general mining engineering courses with are geology, mining methods and equipments, mining safety, material handling, environmental issues and mine management. Many schools offer internships, co-op and work study programs to enable practical hands-on experience. Some of the top institutions offering courses in mining engineering include:

1. Southern Illinois University — Carbondale, IL

2. University of Alaska – Fairbanks, CA

3. Missouri University of Science and Technology — MS

4. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology — NM

5. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology — SD

Job Opportunities, Salaries and Recruitment

The employment prospect for mining engineering field is projected to grow by 10% from 2008 through 2012. What fuels this growth is the ever-increasing demand for gas and oil. Mining engineers with extensive experience and advanced education have a higher prospect for employment as job openings arise  due to retirement, transfer to other careers and leaving the profession. As of July 2009, the middle 50% of mining engineering professionals earned between $48,588 and $63,363 annually. The top 10% earned salaries higher than $68,885.

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