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Mining Engineer

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Mining engineers design, construct and operate mine and quarry workings to extract coal, metals such as copper, iron or zinc and non-metals such as salt, sand, clay or phosphates. Their work may be concerned with deep mines, surface (opencast) mines or quarries.

They are sometimes known as quarry engineers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for mining engineers at graduate entry is usually between £21,000 to £26,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £50,000 a year and senior engineers can earn up to £75,000 a year, possibly more. Overseas salaries can vary widely depending on the project, contract and location. Salaries are usually higher in Australia, Canada and the USA.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Because of the decline of mining in the UK, many British-trained mining engineers work abroad for large international mining companies. They often work in mine management, and move around several countries during their career. Some mining engineers work in related areas such as tunnel construction.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
8660
0 %
RISE
2023
8663
  United Kingdom
2018
61837
2.6 %
RISE
2023
63420

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
Tel: 020 7451 7300
Website: http://www.iom3.org/
Twitter: @iom3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iom3globalnetwork

IOM3 also have a website devoted to careers in the mining and minerals industries at www.uk-rocks.net

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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