Profession mine ventilation engineer
Mine ventilation engineers design and manage systems and equipment to ensure fresh air supply and air circulation in underground mines and the timely removal of noxious gases. They co-ordinate ventilation system design with mine management, mine safety engineer and mine planning engineer.
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- Investigative / Realistic
- Realistic / Investigative
- Computational fluid dynamics
The principles of computer-manipulated fluid mechanics, which determines the behaviour of fluids in motion.
- Mine safety legislation
The laws, regulations and codes of practice relevant to safety in mining operations.
- Design drawings
Understand design drawings detailing the design of products, tools, and engineering systems.
- 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 mine ventilation
Monitor, audit and manage the air quality of the mine. Monitor the ventilation equipment. Manage air sampling equipment designed to identify toxic gases, and provide advice and direction on how to remove them, e.g. by installing ventilation fans.
- Manage emergency procedures
React quickly in case of emergency and set planned emergency procedures in motion.
- Use mine planning software
Use specialised software to plan, design and model for mining operations.
- Design ventilation network
Draft ventilation network. Prepare and plan the ventilation layout using specialist software. Design heating or cooling systems as required. Improve efficiency of ventilation network to lower energy consumption.
- 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.
- Supervise staff
Oversee the selection, training, performance and motivation of staff.
- 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.