Mining Engineer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
4d ago

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.
  • Entry requirements

    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 :

  • civil engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • natural resource engineering.
  • Some mining companies employ geology graduates who then study to complete mining engineer qualifications.

    Secondary education

    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.

    Personal requirements

    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

    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.
  • Physical requirements

    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.

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