Mining Engineers (excluding Petroleum) plan and direct the engineering aspects of locating and extracting minerals from the earth.

Specialisations: Process Engineer (Mining).

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

Tasks

  • Conducts preliminary surveys of mineral 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.
  • Prepares operation and project cost estimates and production schedules, and reports progress, production and costs compared to budget.
  • Determines 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.
  • Prepares plans for tunnels and chambers, location and construction of mine shafts, layout of mine development and the application of appropriate mining techniques.
  • Assesses the safety risks associated with the phases of the project development, construction and operations.
  • Determines the safety of processes, order of extraction and safety of mine walls, evaluates the risk of slippage and advises on the prevention of slippage and rock falls.
  • Plans and co-ordinates the utilisation of labour and equipment consistent with efficiency targets, statutes, safety guidelines and environmental conditions.

More about Mining Engineers

All Mining Engineers

  • $3,118 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Mining Engineers (excluding Petroleum)

  • 3,900 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 90% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 52 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 10% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Mining Engineers (excluding Petroleum) (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 5,500 in 2011 to 3,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Mining Engineers (excluding Petroleum) work in Western Australia and Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 52 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: 10% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Mining71.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services18.6
Manufacturing4.1
Construction2.3
Other Industries3.5

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 Engineers (excluding Petroleum)All Jobs Average
NSW17.031.6
VIC6.225.6
QLD28.820.0
SA5.27.0
WA41.010.8
TAS0.92.0
NT0.81.0
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 Engineers (excluding Petroleum)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-245.5-9.39.3
25-3438.4-22.922.9
35-4426.7-22.022.0
45-5417.1-21.621.6
55-595.9-9.09.0
60-643.8-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

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 Engineers (excluding Petroleum)All Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree63.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV4.4-21.121.1
Year 122.6-18.118.1
Year 110.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.5-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in mining or geotechnical engineering is needed to work as a Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum). Some Mining Engineers (excluding Petroleum) 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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  1. Telephone

    98% Important

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  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)?

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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.

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