Profession mine planning engineer

Mine planning engineers design future mine layouts capable of achieving production and mine development objectives, taking into account the geological characteristics and structure of the mineral resource. They prepare production and development schedules and monitor progress against these.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Impact of geological factors on mining operations

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

  • Geology

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

  • Mining engineering

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

Skills

  • Generate reconciliation reports

    Compare production plans to actual production reports and generate reconciliation reports.

  • 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.

  • Maintain plans of a mining site

    Prepare and maintain surface and underground plans and blueprints of a mining site; carry out surveys and perform risk assessment of potential mining sites.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Advise on mine equipment

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

  • Supervise staff

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

  • Schedule mine production

    Generate mining plans on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis as appropriate.

  • Interface with anti-mining lobbyists

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

  • Monitor mine production

    Oversee mining production rates in order to estimate operational effectiveness.

  • Use mine planning software

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

Optional knowledge and skills

evaluate mine development projects minerals laws use technical drawing software assess operating cost ensure compliance with safety legislation mine safety legislation mine dump design monitor mine costs