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Mining Engineers

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

Work Activities
Analyzing Data or Information
Analyzing data generated by mining systems.
Applying Health and Safety Principles
Implementing and coordinating mine safety programs.
Applying Information
Implementing the development of mines, facilities, systems and equipment.
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
Interacting with vendors to ensure build schedules, targets and budgets are met during mine start-up.
Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates
Communicating the status of mining activities and issues relevant to corporate objectives.
Controlling Machines and Processes
Supporting the installation of mining systems.
Evaluating Information
Conducting preliminary surveys and studies of mining deposits to assess the economic and environmental feasibility of potential mining operations
Guiding, Directing and Motivating Subordinates
Managing the daily work for surveyors, site engineers and contracts administration.
Supervising the work of technicians, technologists, survey personnel and other engineers and scientists.
Inspecting Equipment, Structures or Material
Inspecting mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment and working conditions.
Judging the Qualities of Things, Services or People
Selecting locations for mining operations.
Monitor Processes, Materials or Surroundings
Monitoring the development of mines, facilities, systems and equipment.
Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work
Planning and organizing the development of mines and mine structures and the operation and maintenance of mines.
Providing Consultation and Advice to Others
Providing recommendations on project schedules, technical scope of work and resource requirements.
Assisting corporate finance teams with long-term planning.
Quality Assurance
Ensuring job and equipment performance analyses are conducted and recommendations made where necessary.
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Determining the appropriate means of safely and efficiently mining deposits.
Devising solutions to problems of land reclamation and water and air pollution, such as methods of storing excavated soil and returning exhausted mine sites to natural states.
Thinking Creatively
Planning surface mining operations, specifying processes, labor usage and equipment that will result in the safe, economical and environmentally sound extraction of mining resources.
Designing and supporting the development of mines, facilities, systems and equipment.
Designing, developing and implementing computer applications for mine design, mine modelling, mapping or for monitoring mine conditions.
Designing or selecting mining equipment/machinery and mineral treatment equipment/machinery in collaboration with other engineering specialists.
Developing and improving equipment strategies, maintenance procedures and spare parts strategies for mobile production, auxiliary and support equipment assets within the mine.
Competencies
Knowledge
Design
Engineering and Technology
Mathematics
Public Safety and Security
Technical
Operations Analysis
Foundational
Critical Thinking
Career Path
  • Construction Manager
  • Long-Range Planning Engineer
  • Mine Operations Supervisor
  • Mine Supervisor
  • Project Engineer
  • Short-Range Planning Engineer
  • The following are examples of progressive or lateral career moves:
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Working Conditions
  • Field 2
    Field Visits
  • Physical
    Mild Physical Activity
  • Office
    Office Based
  • Steeringwheel
    Driving Required
  • Road
    Remote Locations
  • Industrial excavator
    Active Machinery
  • Standing
    Long Periods of Standing
  • Longshifts
    Long Shifts
  • Variable weather
    Variable weather
  • Overtime
    Some Overtime Required
Transferable Sectors
  • Forestry and logging
  • Heavy and civil engineering construction
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Non-residential and residential building construction
  • Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Truck transportation
Job Details

Job Category

Engineers

Sector

Oil sands

NOC

2143

Qualifications + Experience

Education:

  • Post-secondary degree

Licensing:

  • 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.