DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
17-2151 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
Occupational Description:Conduct sub-surface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs. Excludes "Petroleum Engineers" (17-2171).
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|Mechanical Engineering Technicians||80||$21.57/hr||N/A|
|Civil Engineering Technicians||60||$26.77/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
- Lays out and directs mine construction operations.
- Plans and coordinates mining processes and labor utilization.
- Plans, conducts, or directs others in performing mining experiments to test or prove research findings.
- Devises methods to solve environmental problems and reclaim mine sites.
- Inspects mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.
- Designs and maintains protective and rescue equipment and safety devices.
- Prepares technical reports for use by mining, engineering, and management personnel.
- Trains mine personnel in safe working practices and first aid.
- Tests air to detect toxic gases and recommends alterations or installation of ventilation shafts, partitions, or equipment, to remedy problem.
- Monitors production rate of gas, oil, or minerals from wells or mines.
- Provides technical consultation during drilling operations.
- Determines methods to extract minerals, considering factors, such as safety, optimal costs, and deposit characteristics.
- Conducts or collaborates in geological exploration and reviews maps and drilling logs to determine location, size, accessibility, and value of mineral deposits, or optimal oil and gas reservoir locations.
- Designs, implements, and monitors facility projects, such as water, communication, ventilation, drainage, power supply, and conveyor systems.
- Evaluates data to develop new mining products, equipment, or processes.