Work activities vary according to the nature of the mine or site, but tasks typically involve:

  • assessing the commercial viability of new mining ventures;
  • undertaking feasibility studies;
  • modelling/designing potential mine sites;
  • preparing plans for mines, for example tunnels and shafts for underground mines;
  • working with specialist PC software to support planning programmes;
  • overseeing major construction projects and ensuring that operations are functioning smoothly;
  • monitoring activities underground;
  • overseeing staff activities, either in one site section or throughout an entire mine;
  • ensuring the safety of mining equipment and assessing mine equipment supplies;
  • costing and scheduling supplies;
  • establishing extraction systems;
  • overseeing the health and safety of the site, particularly in relation to issues such as ventilation;
  • planning for transition from surface to underground mining operations;
  • learning new skills as required, such as drilling and blasting;
  • providing consultancy and advice on mining and mineral extraction projects;
  • filling in disused mine shafts;
  • reclaiming mine sites;
  • managing monthly budgets and keeping detailed records.