posted on November 09, 2006 |
The modern mining industry is a high-technology business; mining today involves automated equipment, computer-aided design, and control systems. It is an industry committed to safety and environmental responsibility. The canadian mining industry is a major source of national revenue and employment. In Alberta, for example, almost 90% of the electricity is generated from the burning of locally mined coal.
Students in mining engineering take courses in blasting/explosives, rock mechanics, economics, surface and underground mining methods, and many other branches of mining, business, and environmental issues, as well as core engineering courses in mechanical, civil, electrical, and chemical engineering. Computers are applied throughout the program, as they are in the industry.
Careers in Mining Engineering
Employment as an engineer in a producing mine is only one of the many career opportunities that can follow a B.Sc. in mining engineering. Mining engineers are also found in specialist consulting firms, government agencies, mining equipment suppliers, and financial organizations.
Starting salaries in the mining industry are very competitive with respect to other engineering disciplines. The possibility of rapid career advancement in the mining industry is high, due to the small scale of many mining operations. Many engineers move into supervisory or management positions at a relatively early stage in their careers.
To browse Mining Engineering Jobs, please visit the ENGINEERING.com Jobs & Careers page.