— Guang Zhong
What do Mining Engineers do?
Mining engineering is an engineering discipline that is concerned with extraction and processing of minerals from a naturally occurring environment. Mining and Mineral extraction is essential to modern society. Mining activities by their nature cause a disturbance of the environment in and around which the minerals are located. Mining engineers are therefore concerned not only with the production and processing of mineral commodities, but also with the mitigation of damage to the environment as a result of that production and processing. Mining engineers are consulted for virtually every stage of a mining operation. Mining engineers working in an established mine either work as an engineer for operations improvement, further mineral exploration, and operation capitalization by determining where in the mine to add equipment and personnel. The engineer may also work in supervision and management, or as an equipment and mineral salesperson. In addition to engineering and operations, the mining engineer may work as an environmental, health and safety manager or design engineer.