Profession mine development engineer

Mine development engineers design and coordinate mine development operations such as crosscutting, sinking, tunnelling, in-seam drivages, raising, and removing and replacing overburden. 

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Electricity

    Understand the principles of electricity and electrical power circuits, as well as the associated risks.

  • Impact of geological factors on mining operations

    Be aware of the impact of geological factors, such as faults and rock movements, on mining operations.

  • Mine safety legislation

    The laws, regulations and codes of practice relevant to safety in mining operations.

  • Mining engineering

    Fields of engineering relevant to mining operations. Principles, techniques, procedures and equipment used in the extraction of minerals.

  • Design drawings

    Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.

Skills

  • Develop alternative mining methods

    Develop new mine development methods and procedures to maximise mine performance; ensure compliance to company standards and industrial regulations and requirements.

  • Supervise mine construction operations

    Prepare and oversee mine construction operations e.g. shaft and tunnel constructions.

  • Ensure compliance with safety legislation

    Implement safety programmes to comply with national laws and legislation. Ensure that equipment and processes are compliant with safety regulations.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Address problems critically

    Identify the strengths and weaknesses of various abstract, rational concepts, such as issues, opinions, and approaches related to a specific problematic situation in order to formulate solutions and alternative methods of tackling the situation.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Write work-related reports

    Compose work-related reports that support effective relationship management and a high standard of documentation and record keeping. Write and present results and conclusions in a clear and intelligible way so they are comprehensible to a non-expert audience.

  • Cope with challenging circumstances in the mining sector

    Maintain a positive attitude during challenging situations in mines. Work under pressure and adapt to the circumstances in a positive manner.

  • Interface with anti-mining lobbyists

    Communicate with anti-mining lobby in relation to the development of a potential mineral deposit.

  • Make independent operating decisions

    Make immediate operating decisions as necessary without reference to others, taking into account the circumstances and any relevant procedures and legislation. Determine alone which option is the best for a particular situation.

  • Prepare technical reports

    Prepare technical reports that describe results and processes of scientific or technical research, or assess its progress. These reports help researchers to keep up to date with recent findings.

  • Advise on mine equipment

    Provide advice on mining and equipment for mineral treatment; communicate and collaborate with engineering experts.

  • Manage waste rock

    Manage the waste materials collected during the development operations.

  • Deal with pressure from unexpected circumstances

    Strive to achieve objectives despite the pressures arising from unexpected factors outside of your control.

  • Supervise staff

    Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.

  • Use a computer

    Utilise computer equipment or digital devices to facilitate quality control, data management, and communication. Follow instructions given by a computer programme, create computer files or documents.

  • Evaluate mine development projects

    Evaluate mining methods and procedures, including waste management, life-of-mine plans, production timelines and funds expenditures.

  • Use mine planning software

    Use specialised software to plan, design and model for mining operations.

  • Negotiate land acquisition

    Negotiate with landowners, tenants, mineral rights owners or other stakeholders of land containing mineral reserves in order to buy or lease the land.

  • Identify process improvements

    Identify possible improvements to operational and financial performance.

Optional knowledge and skills

present reports use technical drawing software oversee mine planning activities health and safety hazards underground monitor mine production mathematics computational fluid dynamics monitor mine costs

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