About This Career
Mining Engineers plan, design and organize the development and post-development of mines, mine facilities, systems and oil sands mining equipment. They may specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical and environmentally-sound extraction. They may also inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment or working conditions.
Mining Engineers interact with technicians, technologists, surveyors and other on-site personnel, as well as vendors of mining equipment. They would typically report the progress of mine activities or other issues that would impact the strategic objectives of their organization to management.
Education: A post-secondary degree in mining engineering or in a related engineering discipline such as mechanical or geological engineering is typically required.
Employment: This occupation is found in onshore environments and is typically employed in the oil sands sector of the oil and gas industry.
Example titles: Mine Engineer, Mine Engineering Manager, Mine Engineering Superintendent, Mining Engineer, Mine Design Engineer, Mine Development Engineer, Mine Layout Engineer, Mine Production Engineer, Mine Safety Engineer
- Construction Manager
- Long-Range Planning Engineer
- Mine Operations Supervisor
- Mine Supervisor
- Project Engineer
- Short-Range Planning Engineer
- The following are examples of progressive or lateral career moves:
Mild Physical Activity
Long Periods of Standing
Some Overtime Required
Careers also exist in the following industries:
- Forestry and logging
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Mining and quarrying
- Non-residential and residential building construction
- Petroleum and coal product manufacturing
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Truck transportation
- Post-secondary degree
- To obtain a license as a professional engineer (P. Eng), you must obtain a degree from an accredited engineering program, pass a professional practice exam and have three to four years of engineering experience. You must also have Canadian citizenship or proof of permanent residency in Canada.
- Unlicensed engineers must work under the supervision of a P. Eng.
- Once licensed, engineers receive a seal to stamp their designs and drawings.