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Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers - 17-2151.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Conduct subsurface surveys to identify the characteristics of potential land or mining development sites. May specify the ground support systems, processes, and equipment for safe, economical, and environmentally sound extraction or underground construction activities. May inspect areas for unsafe geological conditions, equipment, and working conditions. May design, implement, and coordinate mine safety programs.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Mine Engineer
  • Mining Consultant
  • Mining Engineer
  • Planning Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Safety Representative

SOC Occupation Groups

17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations
17-2000 Engineers
17-2150 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers
17-2151.00 Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers

Related Occupations


  • Conduct or direct mining experiments to test or prove research findings.
  • Design mining and mineral treatment equipment and machinery in collaboration with other engineering specialists.
  • Design, develop, and implement computer applications for use in mining operations such as mine design, modeling, or mapping or for monitoring mine conditions.
  • Design, implement, and monitor the development of mines, facilities, systems, or equipment.
  • Devise 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.
  • Evaluate data to develop new mining products, equipment, or processes.
  • Examine maps, deposits, drilling locations, or mines to determine the location, size, accessibility, contents, value, and potential profitability of mineral, oil, and gas deposits.
  • Implement and coordinate mine safety programs, including the design and maintenance of protective and rescue equipment and safety devices.
  • Inspect mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.
  • Lay out, direct, and supervise mine construction operations, such as the construction of shafts and tunnels.
  • Monitor mine production rates to assess operational effectiveness.
  • Prepare schedules, reports, and estimates of the costs involved in developing and operating mines.
  • Prepare technical reports for use by mining, engineering, and management personnel.
  • Select locations and plan 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.
  • Select or develop mineral location, extraction, and production methods, based on factors such as safety, cost, and deposit characteristics.
  • Select or devise materials-handling methods and equipment to transport ore, waste materials, and mineral products efficiently and economically.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate technicians, technologists, survey personnel, engineers, scientists or other mine personnel.
  • Test air to detect toxic gases and recommend measures to remove them, such as installation of ventilation shafts.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Advise others on health and safety issues.
  • Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems.
  • Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities.
  • Design industrial equipment.
  • Design structures or facilities.
  • Determine operational methods.
  • Develop software or computer applications.
  • Develop technical methods or processes.
  • Direct construction activities.
  • Estimate operational costs.
  • Inspect facilities or sites to determine if they meet specifications or standards.
  • Investigate safety of work environment.
  • Monitor the productivity or efficiency of industrial operations.
  • Prepare detailed work plans.
  • Prepare operational reports.
  • Prepare technical reports for internal use.
  • Resolve operational performance problems.
  • Review technical documents to plan work.
  • Schedule operational activities.
  • Select tools, equipment, or technologies for use in operations or projects.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel.
  • Train personnel on proper operational procedures.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Mine Inspector (Gov) Coal
  • Mine Inspector (Gov) Metal-Nonmetal

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Design Engineer, Mining-and-Oil-Field Equipment
  • Mine Inspector
  • Mining Engineer
  • Research Engineer, Mining-and-Oil-Well Equipment
  • Safety Engineer, Mines
  • Test Engineer, Mining-and-Oil-Field Equipment