Mining engineering is an engineering discipline that applies science and technology to the extraction of minerals from the earth. Mining engineering is associated with many other disciplines, such as geology, mineral processing and metallurgy, geotechnical engineering and surveying. A mining engineer may manage any phase of mining operations – from exploration and discovery of the mineral resource, through a feasibility study, mine design, development of plans, production and operations to mine closure.
A mining engineer ensures the safe and efficient development of mines and other surface and underground operations. The role combines an understanding of the effects of these structures on their surrounding environment, as well as technical knowledge and management skills.
Mining engineers are involved at all stages of a project. Before a new site is developed, they assess its viability and assist with planning the mine’s structure.
They also manage and oversee mining production processes and are involved in the final closure and rehabilitation process.