Profession mine mechanical engineer

Mine mechanical engineers supervise the procurement, installation, removal and maintenance of mining mechanical equipment, using their knowledge of mechanical specifications. They organise the replacement and repair of mechanical equipment and components.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Mine safety legislation

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

  • Geology

    Solid earth, rock types, structures and the processes by which they are altered.

  • Design drawings

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

  • Impact of geological factors on mining operations

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

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Mechanical engineering

    Discipline that applies principles of physics, engineering and materials science to design, analyse, manufacture and maintain mechanical systems.

  • Electricity

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

  • Mechanical mine machinery manuals

    Comprehend manufacturers' manuals for the installation and operation of mining machinery. Understand schematic drawings.

Skills

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Manage emergency procedures

    React quickly in case of emergency and set planned emergency procedures in motion.

  • Procure mechanical machinery

    Procure adequate machinery. Research the market to find the best machinery, staying within budget limits, and negotiate the purchase. Maintain records.

  • 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.

  • Advise on mine equipment

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

  • Install mining machinery

    Assemble, install and disassemble mining equipment. Outstanding eye-hand coordination and spatial awareness are required.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Maintain records of mining operations

    Maintain records of mine production and development performance, including performance of machinery.

  • Supervise staff

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

  • Maintain mine machinery

    Inspect and conduct planned maintenance of mining equipment. Execute routine repairs and replace damaged components. Analyse test results and interpret machine error messages. Undertake maintenance activities such as cleaning and lubricating components.

Optional knowledge and skills

mathematics monitor mine costs mining engineering monitor mine production address problems critically health and safety hazards underground present reports assess operating cost