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Engineer - Mining / Geological

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Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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€30k > 45 
Geotechnical Engineer
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€30 - 45 
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Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Mining and Geological Engineers apply the principles of science and engineering to extract and process natural resources like coal, iron, salt, gold and diamonds.


The Work header image

The first stage of the mining engineer's work is to locate the right place to excavate and build the mine. In this, engineers work closely with other specialists, especially geologists, who use their knowledge to find natural deposits. The team may choose the site of a mine by using geological surveys, aerial and satellite photographs, airborne radar and seismic surveys.  
 
Next, the engineer can use modern computer technology to design the mine. For example, they may use computer-aided design systems to make a three-dimensional model of the proposed mine. They plan the mine in great detail, including the size and location of an open pit, or tunnel and shaft systems. Again, engineers work with geologists to find out about important factors, such as rock strength and ventilation, to make sure the extraction process is safe.  
 
Once mining has begun, engineers supervise drilling and blasting. They choose a safe ventilation system for removing hazardous substances such as dust and gases from the working area. Engineers may also work on the mine's transport and communications network. They may design and plan roads, railway links, port facilities and accommodation for mine workers.  
 
Minerals engineers recover valuable minerals and metals from the ores. They research and develop ways to separate the resource from its ore and process it by crushing and milling the ore. They also use chemical and biological processes to separate metals from mineral concentrates.  
 
Minerals/mining engineers may supervise or train teams, including other engineers and mine repair workers.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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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.

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Design, implement, and monitor the development of mines, facilities, systems, or equipment.

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Inspect mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.

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Examine maps, deposits, drilling locations, or mines to determine the location, size, accessibility, contents, value, and potential profitability of mineral, oil, and gas deposits.

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Select or develop mineral location, extraction, and production methods, based on factors such as safety, cost, and deposit characteristics.

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Prepare technical reports for use by mining, engineering, and management personnel.

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Monitor mine production rates to assess operational effectiveness.

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Prepare schedules, reports, and estimates of the costs involved in developing and operating mines.

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Lay out, direct, and supervise mine construction operations, such as the construction of shafts and tunnels.

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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.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Provide Consultation and Advice to Others:  Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information:  Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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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.

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

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

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Systems Evaluation:   Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a minerals/mining engineer, you must have knowledge of geology and geological surveying techniques, as well as excellent engineering skills. You need good teamwork skills to support and work alongside colleagues, for example, geologists or other engineers.  
 
You also need strong computer and technical skills; mining and minerals is a dynamic industry that uses leading edge technology like computer-aided design systems. You should also be willing to learn and develop new knowledge, to keep pace with advances in ideas and technology.  
 
Mining engineers have to be committed to protecting the environment. They need to think about how a proposed mine, including its staff housing, transport and other services, will impact on the local environment.  
 
You may be responsible for planning timetables and budgets, so you need good organisational, written and numerical skills. It is very important that you stay calm and work well under pressure. You may supervise or train mine repair teams, so you must have leadership skills; you must be able to encourage and motivate others.  
 
This can be a physically demanding profession in an environment that can at times be hot, dirty and uncomfortable. There may be a risk of accidents therefore protective clothing and helmets should be worn at all times.


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