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Mining Engineer

Mining engineers develop and apply methods for locating, extracting, and preparing minerals. These minerals are used in the manufacturing and energy industries.

  • Avg. Salary $116,579.00
  • Avg. Wage $57.60
  • Minimum Education 4 years post-secondary
  • Outlook N/A
  • Employed < 1500
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Design Engineer, Engineer, Professional Engineer

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Mining Engineers (2143) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Mining Engineers (C043) 
  • 2011 NOC: Mining engineers (2143) 
Interest Codes
The Mining Engineer is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Mining Engineers
INNOVATIVE

Interest in synthesizing information to plan and design or select mining and mineral treatment machinery and equipment, to determine drilling and blasting methods, and to implement and co-ordinate mine safety programs

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working to design, develop and implement computer applications for operations, such as mine design, modelling and mapping, and for monitoring mine conditions

DIRECTIVE

Interest in supervising and co-ordinating the work of technicians, technologists, survey personnel and other engineers and scientists, and in planning, organizing and supervising the development of mines, mine structures and mine operations and maintenance

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

In general, mining engineers may:

  • study mineral deposits to learn the size of ore deposits, their mineral content, and where they are located
  • estimate the costs of developing and operating mines
  • choose the best way to extract ore
  • develop plans for where mine shafts, tunnels, and rooms should be located and how they should be built
  • oversee the construction of mines and the installation of plants and equipment
  • ensure proper drilling and blasting techniques are used
  • choose the most efficient and economical equipment to transport ore, waste materials, and mineral products
  • create plans for:
    • underground and open pit layouts
    • waste disposal dumps
    • haulage routes and methods
    • mine ventilation
    • drainage systems
  • plan and manage tailings streams, including the construction of tailings dykes
  • develop computer applications to use in various phases of mine operation
  • co-ordinate the work of technologists, technicians, and surveyors
  • oversee the day-to-day operations of mines (work as pit foreperson)
  • supervise and train others (such as engineers, engineers-in-training, and co-op students) with an emphasis on safety issues
  • work closely with geoscientists and other engineering disciplines.

Mining engineers generally work in one of three fields:

  • mine development
  • engineering and design
  • mine production and management.

Specialty areas include:

  • mine operations and safety
  • ventilation
  • power and water supply
  • communications
  • equipment maintenance
  • mining venture analysis
  • mine reclamation and environment.
Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Mining engineers work in offices, labs, and mine sites. At mine sites they must wear protective equipment. This includes safety boots, gloves, hard hats, glasses, and hearing protection. They may work in enclosed spaces such as underground mine shafts. They may also work at heights, such as near the edges of open pit mines.

Some mining engineers work full time with regular daytime hours. Others work shifts, spending a few weeks at a time at mine sites. For example, they may spend 3 weeks on site and 3 weeks off site.

Mining engineers must fly in and out to work at mines in remote locations.

  • Strength Required Strength requirements vary
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Mining engineers need to possess:

  • speaking and writing skills
  • interpersonal skills
  • an aptitude for math and science (especially chemistry and physics)
  • the ability to see objects in 3 dimensions from drawings in 2 dimensions
  • computer skills
  • the ability to be decisive
  • the ability to apply themselves to a variety of work situations
  • the ability to adapt to changes in skill requirements throughout their careers.

They should enjoy:

  • being innovative
  • doing work that requires precision
  • making decisions
  • supervising others.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

The minimum academic qualification for mining engineers is a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. Doctoral degrees are required for 


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.


Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Grande Prairie Regional College

Grant MacEwan University

University of Alberta

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Engineer

Professional engineers design, construct, evaluate, advise, monitor and report on the performance of materials, equipment, systems, works, processes and structures.

Legislation

Under Alberta’s Engineering and Geoscience Professions Act [pdf], you must be a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) to practice as a Professional Engineer or engage in the practice of engineering. You do not have to register if you work under the direct supervision of a professional engineer and do not call yourself a Professional Engineer or use the word “engineer” in your job title.

What You Need

Registration as a Professional Engineer in Alberta requires successful completion of:

  • a 4-year bachelor’s degree in a recognized engineering program and at least 4 years of acceptable work experience under the supervision of a Professional Engineer, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • a minimum of 3 acceptable references
  • successful completion of an approved examination in law, ethics and professionalism.

A new Provisional Member category has been introduced. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, contact APEGA.

Working in Alberta

Engineers who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if the 2 jurisdictions require similar responsibilities and competencies.

For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and APEGA.

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated engineers, see Professional Engineer Licensing Process [pdf] on the Opportunity Alberta website.

Contact Details

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
1500 Scotia One, 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4A2
Canada

Call: 780-426-3990
Toll-free in North America: 1-800-661-7020
Fax: 780-426-1877
Email: email@apega.ca
Website: www.apega.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

In general, mining engineers work where mineral deposits are located. This is often near small, isolated communities. Those engaged in research, management, consulting, or sales may work in urban areas. However, they should get field experience first. Many Canadian mining engineers work in other countries.

Mining engineers work for:

  • mining, metal, non-metal, coal, and oil sands extraction companies
  • consulting companies
  • engineering contractors
  • provincial or federal governments
  • equipment manufacturers
  • financial institutions.

With time on the job, mining engineers may advance to management positions. Sometimes they start their own consulting companies. Those with their own business may:

  • prepare qualifying reports for a stock exchange as part of financing mineral development projects
  • review mining plans for mining companies
  • design and manage the startup of mining and milling facilities
  • develop strategies for mineral prospecting.

Experienced mining engineers who have graduate degrees may move into teaching and research positions.

In Alberta, 86% of people employed as mining engineers work in the following industries:

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • commodity pricing and demand
  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Mining engineers' incomes vary considerably.

According to the 2017 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans in the Mining engineers occupational group earned on average from $41.51 to $86.87 an hour. The overall average was $57.60 an hour. More recent data is not available. For more information, see the Mining engineers wage profile.

 

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Engineering and Science Technologies
  • Engineering, Architecture and Related Studies
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) website: www.apega.ca

For more information on career planning, education and jobs call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Supports Centre near you.

Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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