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Mining engineer

What is it like to be a Mining engineer?

The primary roles of a mining engineer include evaluating, planning and directing the construction process of a mine. They ensure that companies extracts minerals and resources from our earth in the most safe, economic and environmentally sound manner.

A mining engineer may also sample mineral deposits in collaboration with geologists, prepare the layout of the mine development, conduct research aimed at improving the efficiency and safety in mines, or even plan and coordinate the employment of mining staff and equipment.

Mining engineers can work in the field, corporate head offices of mining companies, government departments, or even universities and research centres.

For more information about a career as a Mining engineer, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Where exact job data has not been available, data from a related field has been used. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Mining engineers have an eye for detail, and are able to think and act decisively based upon workplace guidelines and safety requirements.

Other important skills may include:

  • ability to identify and solve complex problems
  • good oral and written communication skills
  • practical and creative
  • ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • enjoy technical work, including computing and design

To become a Mining Engineer

To be able to become a Mining Engineer, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

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