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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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

electronics monitor mine costs electricity geology mechanics use technical drawing software health and safety hazards underground mining engineering