Mining engineers perform many different tasks connected with the planning, design, organization and supervision of the construction of mines and mine facilities. They create 3D plans of galleries, tunnels and pits, plan mining sequences and analyze optimization projects. In general, they prepare and supervise ore extraction, but may also develop expertise in a specific field, such as mine planning, ground control or rock mechanics, and perform more specialized tasks. They determine safe and efficient methods to extract ore and appropriate drilling and blasting methods for the construction or operation of a mine. They plan and design or select mineral extraction and ore treatment machinery and supervise the development of mines and mine structures, as well as mine operation and maintenance.
- The work may be performed in an office environment or on-site.
- The work may be performed in difficult physical or environmental conditions (dust, noise, heat or cold).