A mining safety engineer investigates the safety of a work environment by inspecting sites or facilities to ensure specifications or standards are met. They may inspect equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction and/or underground construction work. They may also create, coordinate, and implement mine safety courses.
How to Become a Mining Safety Engineer
A mining safety engineer typically requires a 4 year bachelor’s degree and/or vocational training. It is normally expected an aspirant to have work experience in a related field and, once hired gets on the job training. They must have knowledge of engineering and technology, mathematics, design, and production and processing.
These engineers must also be skilled in complex problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, speaking clearly and effectively, and reading comprehension. They should also have the ability of deductive and inductive reasoning, oral comprehension, and information ordering. It would be vital for them to have excellent technology skills, such as a working knowledge of scientific software, map creation software, and project management software.
Job Description of a Mining Safety Engineer
A mining safety engineer must prepare technical reports for use by management personnel, mining, and engineering. They inspect job sites to determine if there are any unsafe working conditions, equipment, or structures. They also select safe locations for underground or surface mining that are environmentally safe and economical. Along with inspecting areas, they must also advise others on safety and health issues or concerns.
A mining and safety engineer interacts with computers (including hardware and software). They are also be expected to solve problems, make decisions, and need to gather information from relevant sources and process information.
Those in this career field must communicating with managers, peers, or subordinates through email, phone, in person, or in written form.
Free Teacher and Student Resources
The University of Queensland Australia offers a free Future of Mining course on EdX.org (link opens in a new tab) with the option to pay a small fee receive a verified certificate upon completion of the course.
By taking this course, you’ll learn:
- The role of minerals in society and their contribution to sustainable development.
- The current issues and challenges confronting the sector.
- Emerging technologies and their impact across the value chain.
- The contribution of mining to the concept of the circular economy.
- New frameworks and policies for resource developments in the 21st century.
Curtain University offers a free Business of Mining course on EdX.org (link opens in a new tab) with the option to pay a small fee receive a verified certificate upon completion of the course.
By taking this course, you’ll learn:
- Discover how new mineral deposits are found and examine the economic factors that govern their development.
- Plan the complete life cycle of a mine, from initial infrastructure requirements through to operation, closure and rehabilitation.
- Experience the ‘living plan’ of a mine and see how extraction and processing of minerals is constantly adjusted to suit market conditions.
- Investigate how economics and market forces influence the decision to close a mine.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Mining and Geological Engineers.
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