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Geotechnical engineering - mining

Mining engineers find minerals in ore beds in the ground that are needed by manufacturing and energy industries. Mining engineers figure out the size of ore beds and decide if it can be mined. They make plans for the entrances and work space of the mine, design air and drainage systems, and ensure the safety of the mine workers.


Mining engineers mine the minerals from Mother Earth. They make sure that this is done is a safe and environmentally friendly way.

Mining engineers:

  • Pick new mine sites
  • Decide what kind of equipment is needed for different projects
  • Oversee the construction of mines.

In your community

Mines can bring great wealth to a community, but sometimes old mines can also pollute the land and the water. If your community is near an old mine your knowledge as a mining engineer could help the hunting, fishing, as well as the local drinking water stay clean and safe.

If you like...

  • Problem solving
  • Being creative
  • Exploring rocks and metals
  • Making discoveries
  • Working with people
  • Helping the environment

...you might like Mining Engineering!

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