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Mining engineers

OaSIS code 21330.00

Mining engineers plan, design, organize and supervise the development of mines, mine facilities, systems and equipment; and prepare and supervise the extraction of metallic or non-metallic minerals and ores from underground or surface mines.

Overview

Also known as

  • Mine design engineer
  • Mine development engineer
  • Mine layout engineer
  • Mine production engineer
  • Mine safety engineer
  • Mine ventilation engineer
  • Mineral engineer
  • Mining engineer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct preliminary surveys and studies of ore, mineral or coal deposits to assess the economic and environmental feasibility of potential mining operations
  • Determine the appropriate means of safely and efficiently mining deposits
  • Determine and advise on appropriate drilling and blasting methods for mining, construction or demolition
  • Design shafts, ventilation systems, mine services, haulage systems and supporting structures
  • Design, develop and implement computer applications such as for mine design, mine modelling, mapping or for monitoring mine conditions
  • Plan and design or select mining equipment and machinery and mineral treatment machinery and equipment in collaboration with other engineering specialists
  • Plan, organize and supervise the development of mines and mine structures and the operation and maintenance of mines
  • Prepare operations and project estimates, schedules and reports
  • Implement and coordinate mine safety programs
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of technicians, technologists, survey personnel, and other engineers and scientists.

Additional information

  • Supervisory and senior positions in this unit group require experience.
  • Mining engineers work closely with geologists, geological engineers, metallurgical engineers, and other engineers and scientists, and mobility is possible between some fields of specialization.
  • Engineers often work in a multidisciplinary environment and acquire knowledge and skills through work experience that may allow them to practise in associated areas of science, engineering, sales, marketing or management.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Engineering managers (20010)
  • Geoscientists and oceanographers (21102)
  • Metallurgical and materials engineers (21322)
  • Geological engineers (21331)
  • Petroleum engineers (21332)
  • Managers in natural resources production and fishing (80010)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

213 – Professional occupations in engineering

Minor group

2133 – Natural resources engineers

Unit group

21330 – Mining engineers

Occupational profile

21330.00 – Mining engineers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
5 - Highest Level
Developing Technical Instructions
5 - Highest Level
Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics
5 - Highest Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
5 - Highest Level
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Consulting engineering companies
  • Education institutions
  • Governments
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining companies
  • Research institutions

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Categorization Flexibility
5 - Highest Level
Deductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Fluency of Ideas
5 - Highest Level
Inductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Information Ordering
5 - Highest Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
5 - Highest Level
Decision Making
5 - Highest Level
Evaluation
5 - Highest Level
Management of Material Resources
5 - Highest Level
Monitoring
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Analytical Thinking
5 - Extremely important
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Innovativeness
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important