About This Career
Mining Engineers plan, design and organize the development and post-development of mines, mine facilities, systems and oil sands mining equipment. They may specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical and environmentally-sound extraction. They may also inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment or working conditions.
Mining Engineers interact with technicians, technologists, surveyors and other on-site personnel, as well as vendors of mining equipment. They would typically report the progress of mine activities or other issues that would impact the strategic objectives of their organization to management.
Education: A post-secondary degree in mining engineering or in a related engineering discipline such as mechanical or geological engineering is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the oil sands sector of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Mine Engineer, Mine Engineering Manager, Mine Engineering Superintendent, Mining Engineer, Mine Design Engineer, Mine Development Engineer, Mine Layout Engineer, Mine Production Engineer, Mine Safety Engineer
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career moves:
- Mine Operations Supervisor
- Short-Range Planning Engineer
- Long-Range Planning Engineer
- Mine Supervisor
- Project Engineer
- Construction Manager
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Some Overtime Required
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Mining and quarrying
- Post-secondary degree
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- Asbestos safety
- Fall protection
- Confined space entry
- Traffic control
- Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
- Standard and emergency first aid
- H2S Alive
- To obtain a license as a professional engineer (P. Eng), you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a professional practice exam and have three to four years of engineering experience. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.