Careers in the Minerals Industry
This 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.
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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:
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
Where you can work:
Anywhere in the world!