21330 – Mining engineers

Broad Occupation Category

2 - Natural and applied sciences and related occupations.


1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major Group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Broad Occupation Category

213 – Professional occupations in engineering

Broad Occupation Category

2133 – Natural resources engineers

Mining engineers plan, design, organize and supervise the development of mines, mine facilities, systems and equipment; and prepare and supervise the extraction of metallic or non-metallic minerals and ores from underground or surface mines. They are employed by mining companies, consulting engineering companies, manufacturers, government and in educational and research institutions.

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Example Titles

  • Mine design engineer

  • Mine development engineer

  • Mine layout engineer

  • Mine production engineer

  • Mine safety engineer

  • Mine ventilation engineer

  • Mineral engineer

  • Mining engineer

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct preliminary surveys and studies of ore, mineral or coal deposits to assess the economic and environmental feasibility of potential mining operations

  • Determine the appropriate means of safely and efficiently mining deposits

  • Determine and advise on appropriate drilling and blasting methods for mining, construction or demolition

  • Design shafts, ventilation systems, mine services, haulage systems and supporting structures

  • Design, develop and implement computer applications such as for mine design, mine modelling, mapping or for monitoring mine conditions

  • Plan and design or select mining equipment and machinery and mineral treatment machinery and equipment in collaboration with other engineering specialists

  • Plan, organize and supervise the development of mines and mine structures and the operation and maintenance of mines

  • Prepare operations and project estimates, schedules and reports

  • Implement and coordinate mine safety programs

  • Supervise and coordinate the work of technicians, technologists, survey personnel, and other engineers and scientists.

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in mining engineering or in a related engineering discipline is required.

  • A master's degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline may be required.

  • Licensing by a provincial or territorial association of professional engineers is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practise as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.).

  • Engineers are eligible for registration following graduation from an accredited educational program, and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering and passing a professional practice examination.