Determines the location and plans the extraction of coal, metallic ores, non-metallic minerals, and building materials such as stone and gravel. Conducts preliminary surveys of deposits or undeveloped mines, planning their development; examining them to determine whether they can be worked at a profit; making geological and topographical surveys; evolving methods of mining best suited to character, type, and size of deposits; and supervising mining operations.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Natural Resources pathway.
A person in this career:
- Selects locations and plans underground or surface mining operations, specifying processes, labor usage, and equipment that will result in safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction of minerals and ores.
- Designs, implements, and monitors the development of mines, facilities, systems, or equipment.
- Inspects mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.
- Examines maps, deposits, drilling locations, or mines to determine the location, size, accessibility, contents, value, and potential profitability of mineral, oil, and gas deposits.
- Selects or develops mineral location, extraction, and production methods, based on factors such as safety, cost, and deposit characteristics.
- Prepares technical reports for use by mining, engineering, and management personnel.
- Monitors mine production rates to assess operational effectiveness.
- Prepares schedules, reports, and estimates of the costs involved in developing and operating mines.
- Lays out, directs, and supervises mine construction operations, such as the construction of shafts and tunnels.
- Devises solutions to problems of land reclamation and water and air pollution, such as methods of storing excavated soil and returning exhausted mine sites to natural states.
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