Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.2% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers Do

Conduct subsurface 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.

Other Job Titles Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers May Have

Mine Engineer, Mining Consultant, Mining Engineer, Planning Engineer, Project Engineer, Safety Engineer, Safety Representative

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Short Range Engineer & Open Pit Blaster ,

Nevada Gold Mines

I start my day by hopping on the computer to see what operations have happened. Then I gather a few teammates and tour the whole site to evaluate operation and safety. Back at the office, I put together a plan and present it at a mid-day meeting so all of the supervisors in survey, engineering, open pit, and drill and blast can contribute. We finalize a 24-hour mine plan in the meeting. I also go on an end-of-day tour to make sure the plan is working and that we’re ready for the next crew.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Prepare technical reports for use by mining, engineering, and management personnel.
  • Inspect mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.
  • 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.
  • Prepare schedules, reports, and estimates of the costs involved in developing and operating mines.

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