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A mining engineer ensures the safe and efficient development of mines and other surface and underground operations. The role combines an understanding of the effects of these structures on their surrounding environment, as well as technical knowledge and management skills.
Mining engineers are involved at all stages of a project. Before a new site is developed, they assess its viability and assist with planning the mine's structure.
They also manage and oversee mining production processes and are involved in the final closure and rehabilitation process.
There are opportunities in the UK in mining consultancy, minerals, tunnelling and quarrying but, due to the nature of the industry, mining engineering is an international career and the majority of opportunities are overseas.
Responsibilities vary according to the nature of the mine or site, but tasks typically involve:
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