Pay for mining engineers varies depending on experience and where they work.
Graduate mining engineers usually earn between $70,000 and $75,000 a year.
Experienced mining engineers usually earn between $75,000 and $210,000.
Sources : MITO, 2018; Minex National Health and Safety Council, 2018.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Mining engineers may do some or all of the following :
prepare designs, plans and schedules for mines and mining operations
research and develop new mining methods and technology
determine the equipment needed to develop a mine
consult with clients, professionals and government officials
oversee work at the mine site
ensure safety and environmental standards are met and maintained
carry out economic analysis on mineral deposits.
Skills and knowledge
Mining engineers need to have knowledge of :
mining methods and different mining processes
quarry or mine products
the practical aspects of operating a mine
new production methods and technology.
Mining engineers :
usually work between eight and 10 hours a day, and may also work weekends, evenings, and be on call
work in offices, laboratories and mine sites, often in isolated locations
may work in conditions that are dangerous, noisy and dirty
may work in cramped or confined conditions in underground mines, or varied weather conditions in opencast mines
may travel or work overseas.
To become a mining engineer you need to have a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in one of the following majors :
natural resource engineering.
Some mining companies employ geology graduates who then study to complete mining engineer qualifications.
NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include chemistry, construction and mechanical technologies, design and visual communication (graphics), geography, mathematics and physics.
Mining engineers need to be skilled at :
project management, people management and leadership
writing clear proposals, reports and presentations
identifying, analysing and creatively solving problems
remaining calm in emergencies, and working under pressure
acting on their own initiative, and as part of a team
finance and budgeting.
Useful experience for mining engineers includes :
mine and quarry work
engineering or surveying work
supervision or management experience
heavy vehicle and earthmoving experience
accounting and finance management experience
operating or repairing machinery.
Mining engineers need to be reasonably fit as they may need to work underground and inspect heavy equipment.
Mining engineers may also be required to undergo regular drug and alcohol tests.
Employers often prefer to employ registered mining engineers.