Mining and Geological Engineers


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Engineering

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A lot has changed since the nineteenth century when the forty-niners panned for gold in California. Mining and geological engineers now use satellite photography and variations in the earth’s magnetic field to find new deposits of minerals. They use machines that can remove 10.8 metric tons of coal per minute.

But it’s not just about the tools. Today’s mining pros are also finding ways to mine that are safer for both mine workers and the environment.

Mining and geological engineers help find deposits of coal, metals, and minerals. They also design mines and mining equipment for bringing these materials to the earth. And they solve safety and environmental problems related to mining.

Did You Know?

Swaziland, in Africa, is home to the world’s oldest known mine -- it’s an iron mine about 45,000 years old.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Specialize in coal, gold, or another mineral or metal
  • Supervise mine construction
  • Inspect mines for safety
  • Use computers
  • Write reports
  • Keep up with new technology and laws
  • Travel to job sites

It Helps To Be...

A fan of math and science who’s curious about the world below the earth’s surface and who cares about the condition of the earth.

Make High School Count

  • Go for challenging math and science courses, like calculus, physics, chemistry, and earth science.
  • Take English classes seriously -- you’ll need to be able to read complex material and write about your work for others.
  • Join an outdoors or environmental club and plan activities like fossil hunting.
  • Get the computer skills you’ll need by learning computer-aided drafting.
  • Find out if a nearby natural history museum offers geology classes or field trips.
  • Join or start an engineering club and get others involved.
  • Check out engineering competitions, such as the ones offered by the Technology Student Association.

Did You Know?

Some states require mining and geological engineers to pass a licensing exam.