Mining Engineers plan and direct the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals, petroleum and natural gas from the earth.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Four in five workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Tasks

  • conducting preliminary surveys of mineral, petroleum and natural gas deposits with prospectors, Geologists, Geophysicists, other mineral scientists and other engineers to determine the resources present, the feasibility of extracting the reserves, and the design and development of the extraction process
  • preparing operation and project cost estimates and production schedules, and reporting progress, production and costs compared to budget
  • determining the most suitable methods of ore extraction taking account of such factors as depth of overburden, and attitude and physical characteristics of deposits and surrounding strata
  • preparing plans for tunnels and chambers, location and construction of mine shafts, layout of mine development and the application of appropriate mining techniques, often using computer modelling
  • assessing the natural, technical, financial and safety risks associated with the phases of the project development, construction and operations
  • determining the safety of processes, order of extraction and safety of mine walls, evaluating the risk of slippage and advising on the prevention of slippage and rock falls
  • planning and coordinating the utilisation of labour and equipment consistent with efficiency targets, statutes, safety guidelines and environmental conditions
  • planning and conducting research and providing advice on engineering operations for the exploration, location and extraction of petroleum and natural gas
  • determining location for drilling
  • deciding on types of derrick and equipment including seabed platforms
  • devising methods of controlling the flow of oil and gas from wells

Job Titles

  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)

    Plans and directs the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals from the earth. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Process Engineer (Mining)

  • Petroleum Engineer

    Plans and directs the engineering aspects of locating and extracting petroleum or natural gas from the earth. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Mud Engineer, Petrophysical Engineer

Fast Facts

  • $2,037 Weekly Pay
  • 11,000 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 91.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45.1 hours Average full-time
  • 38.5 years Average age
  • 11.0% female Gender Share

The number of Mining Engineers grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 11,000 in 2017 to 11,900 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 5,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Mining Engineers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $2,037 per week (very high compared to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45.1 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 11% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20076400
20087100
20097000
201010000
20119800
201210300
201312400
201411100
201512900
20169700
201711000
202211900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsMining EngineersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings20371230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Mining66.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services19.5
Manufacturing6.1
Wholesale Trade2.3
Other Industries5.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMining EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW7.431.6
VIC10.226.2
QLD17.819.7
SA11.26.7
WA50.510.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.71.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMining EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-244.7-9.99.9
25-3432.3-23.623.6
35-4424.6-21.721.7
45-5422.0-20.820.8
55-5913.0-8.88.8
60-641.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.3-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMining EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate33.7-8.68.6
Bachelor degree45.7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
Year 1220.7-18.718.7
Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Four in five workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Registration or licensing may also be required.

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Employers look for Mining Engineers who can communicate clearly, have strong interpersonal skills and work well in a team.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    92% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Design

    81% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Mathematics

    76% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Law and Government

    73% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. Production and Processing

    73% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Getting Information

    94% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Interacting With Computers

    93% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    87% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Estimating Products, Events, or Information

    85% Important

    Working out sizes, distances, and amounts; or time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    84% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2151.00 - Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers.

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