Profession mining geotechnical engineer

Mining geotechnical engineers in mining perform engineering, hydrological and geological tests and analyses to improve the safety and efficiency of mineral operations. They oversee the collection of samples and the taking of measurements using geotechnical investigation methods and techniques. They model the mechanical behaviour of the rock mass and contribute to the design of the mine geometry.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Geology

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

  • Impact of geological factors on mining operations

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

Skills

  • Use mine planning software

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

  • 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.

  • Supervise staff

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

  • Advise on geology for mineral extraction

    Provide advice of the impact of geological factors on the development of mineral production. Take into account factors such as cost, safety, and characteristics of deposits.

  • Manage geotechnical staff

    Manage a complete geotechnical staff including consultants, contractors, geologists and geotechnical engineers.

  • Advise on construction materials

    Provide advice on and test a wide range of construction materials.

  • 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.

  • Design infrastructure for surface mines

    Assist with the design of mine infrastructure using specialised computer software and data calculations.

  • Plan geotechnical investigations in the field

    Conduct thorough field investigations; perform drills and analyse samples of rocks and sediments.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

test raw minerals interpret seismic data install rock movement monitoring devices advise on site selection mine dump design health and safety hazards underground