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Mining & Quarry Engineer Profile

 
Introduction

This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Mining & Quarry Engineer. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Mining & Quarry Engineer
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Mining & Quarry Engineer Work Information


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Working Duties Expected

Mining, minerals and quarry engineers extract raw materials such as metals and minerals from the ground. They do this either through a tunnelling system or an open cast mine or quarry. This is often a multidisciplinary role with engineers involved in design through to the running of a new mine, quarry or processing site.

Engineers may be involved in feasibility surveys where they employ ground-surveying techniques to assess suitability and geological make-up of the site. Using drilling rigs, earth and rock samples may be taken and removed for testing. The results of initial surveys are then drawn up into reports to help managers decide whether the project should go ahead.

In the design stage engineers decide on the most efficient way of extracting the material or minerals from the ground, perhaps deciding on the most appropriate way to separate and process metals from the ore. This could involve the use of heat or chemicals. An important aspect of the design process is the use the mine or quarry will have after its economic life has lapsed. Some open cast mines are later used as landfill sites and, as a result, this impacts on the way a mine is designed. Engineers usually oversee the construction of a new mine, quarry or processing site.

Engineers are involved the day-to-day running and continual maintenance of an operation. This includes the maintenance of a safe working environment guarding against eventualities such as collapse or flooding. Some engineers may specialise in the maintenance of disused operations.

Engineers usually hold incorporated or chartered status.

Incorporated engineers specialise in developing and applying modern technology. They have a detailed knowledge and understanding of current engineering applications, and have the practical skills and knowledge to put plans into practice. They often hold key operational management roles.

Chartered engineers have greater theoretical engineering knowledge and can be involved in research and development or manufacture and installation. They are often project leaders and are responsible for teams of incorporated engineers and technicians.

Hours and Environment

Mining, minerals and quarry engineers work a basic 35 to 40 hour week, Monday to Friday. In practice they may work extra hours to meet deadlines.

Depending on their work they could be based in an office, laboratory or on site. Travel overseas may be involved. Protective clothing is worn on site.

Skills and Interests

To be a mining and minerals engineer, you should:

  • have an interest in science
  • have numerical ability
  • have good communication skills
  • be computer literate
  • have knowledge of geology
  • be a creative problem solver
  • be able to work in a team.


Entry

Entry is with a BTEC higher national certificate/diploma (HNC/HND) or degree. Suitable degree courses include minerals engineering, minerals surveying, mine and quarry engineering, and mining engineering.

It may be possible to enter this role from other branches of engineering such as electrical, electronic mechanical engineering or civil engineering. Postgraduate study may be required in these cases. Courses include mining law in relation to health and safety, applied geotechnics, industrial rocks and minerals, mining engineering and mining geology.

For a degree course you will need at least five GCSEs (A-C)/S grades (1-3) and two or three A levels/three or four H grades, normally including maths, physics or chemistry, or equivalent qualifications.

For details of qualification equivalents see:

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
Scottish Qualifications Authority
An Access to Higher Education qualification may also be accepted for entry to certain courses. If experienced in a related field, you may be able to gain recognition of skills through Accredited Prior Learning (APL). Please check with colleges or universities for exact entry requirements.

Many universities and colleges offer a foundation year if you do not have the entry requirements for a higher education course.

Training

Training is normally on the job. Graduate apprenticeship schemes are available for those holding a first degree.

To qualify as an incorporated mining, mineral or quarry engineer you should:

  • have an accredited three-year engineering degree or equivalent qualification (or you can do an accredited HNC/HND and then further learning equivalent to one year of study, known as a matching section; this does not have to be formal study but should be at final year degree level)
  • complete a period of initial professional development including practical training and professional engineering experience
  • successfully pass a professional review
  • gain corporate membership of the Institution of Incorporated Engineers.


The Institute of Incorporated Engineers offers a number of awards to help women who are studying for incorporated engineer qualifications.

To qualify as a chartered mining mineral or quarry engineer you must:

  • have an accredited MEng degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant engineering subject
  • complete a period of initial professional development which includes formal and informal training and professional engineering experience
  • successfully pass a professional review gain corporate membership of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.


Opportunities

Mining, minerals and quarry engineers are employed by companies involved in mineral production, equipment supply, research and development, and on a consultancy basis.

There are opportunities in the UK and overseas.

Opportunities also exist which allow movement into other branches of engineering.

Annual Income

The annual income section is intended as a guideline only.

Income for new graduate engineers is about £19,000 a year.
Experienced engineers with qualifications and professional association membership usually earn about £35,000.
Senior mining, minerals or quarry engineers can earn over £45,000.

Further information

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
1 Carlton House Terrace
London
SW1Y 5DB
Tel: 020 7451 7300
www.iom3.org

SEMTA (Science Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) *
14 Upton Road
Watford
Hertfordshire
WD18 0JT
Tel: 0808 100 3682
www.semta.org.uk

Engineering Council
10 Maltravers Street
London
WC2R 3ER
Tel: 020 7240 7891
www.engc.org.uk

The Institute of Quarrying
7 Regent Street
Nottingham
NG1 5BS
Tel: 0115 945 3880
www.quarrying.org

* PLEASE NOTE
National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website: www.ssda.org.uk

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