Conducts 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.
This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Engineering and Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Prepares technical reports for use by mining, engineering, and management personnel.
- Inspects mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.
- Selects or develops mineral location, extraction, and production methods, based on factors such as safety, cost, and deposit characteristics.
- Selects locations and plans 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.
- Prepares schedules, reports, and estimates of the costs involved in developing and operating mines.
- Monitors mine production rates to assess operational effectiveness.
- Supervises, trains, and evaluates technicians, technologists, survey personnel, engineers, scientists or other mine personnel.
- Examines maps, deposits, drilling locations, or mines to determine the location, size, accessibility, contents, value, and potential profitability of mineral, oil, and gas deposits.
- Designs, implements, and monitors the development of mines, facilities, systems, or equipment.
- Tests air to detect toxic gases and recommends measures to remove them, such as installation of ventilation shafts.