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Careers in the Minerals Industry

Min CareersThis career guidance booklet is presented as a public service to students, parents and teachers by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), Inc. SME is devoted to serving members who are involved in mineral resources exploration, mining, processing and reclamation.

Click here to download the brochure from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), Inc.

Think of the discovery,  extraction and preparation of minerals from the earth’s crust for use by manufacturing and energy industries.  Think of exploration, testing, mine design and construction, equipment design, operations and management. Today's global minerals industry is facing a human resources crisis!  They Need You!

What You Will Do:

  • The exploration, recovery and processing of minerals, metals, gems, oil and gas
  • Finding safer and more economical ways to use fossil fuels
  • Surface and underground mine design and planning
  • Environmental aspects of resource engineering
  • ascertain the size of ore beds and determine if the ore can be extracted economically
  • design environmental methods of site reclamation and mine closure
  • develop plans for the location of shafts, tunnels and chambers, underground openings, open-pit mines, mine ventilation systems and drainage systems
  • supervise mine workers and ensure adherence to safety standards
  • specialize as blasting design engineers
  • protect the land and local wildlife from any potential impact from mining activities by working with mining companies to ensure minimal environmental impact and conservation
  • develop ways to better dispose of mine waste


    Mineral engineers also work in the areas of:

  • Exploration
  • Ore reserve estimation
  • Rock and soil mechanics
  • Seismic testing and research
  • Blast design and rock fragmentation
  • Heavy civil construction: dams, tunnels etc.
  • Mine drainage and dewatering
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Ventilation
  • Petroleum engineering
  • Production supervision
  • Management


    Where you can work:

  • mining companies
  • governments
  • research
  • equipment manufacturers
  • consulting
  • teaching
  • financial sector
  • Anywhere in the world!