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Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

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Conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.

    Work Activities
    • Prepare technical reports for use by mining, engineering, and management personnel.
    • Inspect mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.
    • Test air to detect toxic gases and recommend measures to remove them, such as installation of ventilation shafts.
    • Select or develop mineral location, extraction, and production methods, based on factors such as safety, cost, and deposit characteristics.
    • Select locations and plan underground or surface mining operations, specifying processes, labor usage, and equipment that will result in safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction of minerals and ores.
    • Implement and coordinate mine safety programs, including the design and maintenance of protective and rescue equipment and safety devices.
    • Devise 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.
    • Prepare schedules, reports, and estimates of the costs involved in developing and operating mines.
    • Lay out, direct, and supervise mine construction operations, such as the construction of shafts and tunnels.
    • Monitor mine production rates to assess operational effectiveness.
    • Supervise, train, and evaluate technicians, technologists, survey personnel, engineers, scientists or other mine personnel.
    • Examine maps, deposits, drilling locations, or mines to determine the location, size, accessibility, contents, value, and potential profitability of mineral, oil, and gas deposits.
    • Design, develop, and implement computer applications for use in mining operations such as mine design, modeling, or mapping or for monitoring mine conditions.
    • Design, implement, and monitor the development of mines, facilities, systems, or equipment.
    • Select or devise materials-handling methods and equipment to transport ore, waste materials, and mineral products efficiently and economically.
    • Evaluate data to develop new mining products, equipment, or processes.
    • Design mining and mineral treatment equipment and machinery in collaboration with other engineering specialists.
    • Conduct or direct mining experiments to test or prove research findings.
    Skills
    • Complex Problem Solving

      Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    7
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Category Flexibility

      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • Engineering and Technology

      Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Design

      Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $84,760/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $40.75/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 110
    • Yearly Projected Openings 10
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    Tools
    • Tape measures
    • Plotter printers
    • Hammers
    • Geological compasses
    • Clinometers
    Technology
    • Project management software
    • Office suite software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.