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Quarry Engineer

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Quarry 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 mining engineers.

The Work

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Pay

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The starting salary for quarry engineers at graduate entry is usually between £22,000 to £28,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £50,000 a year and senior engineers can earn up to £80,000 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.

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Getting In

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

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
7011
1.3 %
RISE
2029
7103
  United Kingdom
2024
72360
2.7 %
RISE
2029
74338

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What Does it Take?

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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.

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