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

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mining or geotechnical engineering is needed to work as a Mining Engineer. Some Mining Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    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

    More about Mining Engineers

    All Mining Engineers

    All Mining Engineers

    • $3,118 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 9,500 workers Employment Size
    • Very high skill Skill level rating
    • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 50 hours Average full-time
    • 36 years Average age
    • 13% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Mining Engineers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 9,500 in 2018 to 8,900 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Mining Engineers work in Western Australia and Queensland.
    • Industries: Most work in Mining; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $3,118 per week (higher than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 13% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business talks with employers who have tried to fill vacancies. Find out more in the latest report on Mining Engineers.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20087100
    20097000
    201010000
    20119800
    201210300
    201312400
    201411100
    201512800
    20169700
    20179700
    20189500
    20238900

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings31181460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Mining64.5
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services17.7
    Manufacturing6.2
    Construction3.3
    Other Industries8.3

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateMining EngineersAll Jobs Average
    NSW12.531.6
    VIC7.225.6
    QLD25.820.0
    SA5.87.0
    WA46.910.8
    TAS0.62.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT0.11.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketMining EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-244.9-9.39.3
    25-3438.6-22.922.9
    35-4428.2-22.022.0
    45-5416.8-21.621.6
    55-595.6-9.09.0
    60-643.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate24.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree61.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV4.2-21.121.1
    Year 123.0-18.118.1
    Year 110.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

    A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mining or geotechnical engineering is needed to work as a Mining Engineer. Some Mining Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

    Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register. Membership with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy may be useful.

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

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Engineering and Technology

      83% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    2. Design

      74% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      72% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Physics

      60% Skill level

      The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

    5. Production and Processing

      59% Skill level

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

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    The skills and 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.

    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.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Telephone

      98% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    2. Electronic Mail

      96% Important

      How often do you use electronic mail?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      90% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Structured versus Unstructured Work

      90% Important

      How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

    5. Contact With Others

      88% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and 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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