Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers


Also called : Mine Engineer, Mining Consultant, Mining Engineer, Planning Engineer, Project Engineer, Safety Engineer, Safety Representative

What they 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.

On the job, one would


    KNOWLEDGE


    • 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.

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

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

    • English Language
      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    SKILLS


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

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

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

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

    • Speaking
      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    ABILITIES


    • Category Flexibility
      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    • Deductive Reasoning
      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning
      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Information Ordering
      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Oral Comprehension
      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    PERSONALITY

    People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

    • Analytical Thinking
      Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

    • Attention to Detail
      Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

    • Dependability
      Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

    • Cooperation
      Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

    • Integrity
      Job requires being honest and ethical.

    • Independence
      Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

    • Adaptability/Flexibility
      Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

    • Initiative
      Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

    • Stress Tolerance
      Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.

    • Leadership
      Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Analytical or scientific software

    • Cloud-based data access and sharing software

    • Computer aided design CAD software

    • Configuration management software

    • Data base user interface and query software

    • Electronic mail software

    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

    • Financial analysis software

    • Map creation software

    • Network security or virtual private network VPN management software

    • Office suite software

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

    • Preparation

      Considerable Preparation Needed

    • Education

      Four-year bachelor degree

    • Experience

      A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupation

    • Jobtraining

      Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

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