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Surveyor - Minerals / Mining

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

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€27k > 40 
Minerals/Mining Surveyor
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€27 - 40 
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* 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

Minerals/mining surveyors map mineral deposits. Their tasks include working out the potential use and value of mineral deposits, managing and developing mines.


The Work header image

Minerals/mining surveyors give expert advice on the responsible use of the earth's limited resources by extraction and power generation. They map, plan, value and manage minerals development and prepare planning applications and Environmental Impact Statements for prospective, active and previously worked minerals sites.  
 
Minerals/mining surveyors make detailed investigations of sites to value mines or quarries and mineral deposits. They also manage and develop quarries and mines, and advise mine managers on financial matters. They map surface and underground features in detail and make sure that workings are designed to maximise safety and minimise damage to buildings and land. They plot land movements caused by workings and calculate mineral recovery.  
 
After a mine has been exhausted, minerals/mining surveyors give advice on restoring the site to its former state, or suggest ideas for development. They plan and record the location of quarries and mines and their waste, and prepare plans on the completion of tipping.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Verify the accuracy of survey data including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.

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Search legal records, survey records, and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.

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Calculate heights, depths, relative positions, property lines, and other characteristics of terrain.

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Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.

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Direct or conduct surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.

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Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.

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Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.

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Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.

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Determine longitudes and latitudes of important features and boundaries in survey areas using theodolites, transits, levels, and satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS).

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Record the results of surveys including the shape, contour, location, elevation, and dimensions of land or land features.

Work Activities header image

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

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

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

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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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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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

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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.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.


Knowledge header image

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

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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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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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Geography:  Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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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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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Minerals/Mining Surveyors need expertise in planning, management and design of minerals related development through use of computer-aided design techniques. Economic skills will be required to deal with rating valuation and insurance. To be a minerals/mining surveyor, you must have knowledge of geology and geological surveying techniques.  
 
In dealing with planning matters with local authorities you will need to have good communication skills, both written and oral communication skills are very important. You need good teamwork skills to support and work alongside colleagues, for example, geologists or other engineers.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
  Address: RICS Contact Centre, Suveryor Court, Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JE, United Kingdom
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Organisation: Irish Institution of Surveyors
  Address: Eason & Son Ltd., 4th Floor, 40-42 Lower O'Connell St. Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 8720194
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Organisation: Society of Chartered Surveyors
  Address: 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 5500
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Organisation: Society of Chartered Surveyors
  Address: 5 Wilton Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 5500
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