Mining Engineering

As a mining engineer, you will be designing and executing safe and efficient mechanisms for the removal of minerals such as coal and metals from mines for manufacturing and utilities.

What do mining engineers do?

Mining engineers mostly work on mining operations in remote locations.They typically design and develop mines and determine the best way to extract metals or minerals to get the most out of deposits and plan how the metals or minerals will be extracted in efficient and environment-friendly ways.

What does a typical day at work involve?

  • Checked Identifying and assessing the commercial value of the mine pits
  • Checked Designing the underground mines, and ensuring the safety measures
  • Checked Designing and arranging the systems and equipment required for the smooth functioning of mines
  • Checked Examining maps to determine locations, accessibility, and profitability
  • Checked Monitoring the overall functioning and ensuring the effectiveness in the work
  • Checked Identifying and formulating solutions to the problems in the mining area
  • Checked Ensuring the safety of the workers and providing all sorts of assistance for workers if there is a need
  • Checked Planning for proper waste management and formulating solutions for sensitive issues like air pollution, water pollution and land reclamation
  • Checked Conducting research on various issues and providing reports to workers and higher authority officials

What areas can a mining engineer specialise in?

Geological Engineering focuses on the search for mineral deposits and evaluating possible mining sites. Once a site is identified, they plan how the metals or minerals will be extracted inefficient and environmentally sound ways.
Mining Safety is a specialisation in which the experts use best practices and their knowledge of mine design to ensure workers’ safety and to maintain compliance with the governmental safety regulations. They inspect the walls and roofs of mines, monitor the air quality, and examine mining equipment for possible hazards.

How to become a Mining Engineer

Step 1
Take Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Maths

Studying Physics, Chemistry and Maths at the 10+2 level and securing a minimum score in these subjects would be a prerequisite for admission into engineering courses.

Step 2
Take B.Tech. in Mining Engineering

The common course offered at the UG level in this area is Mining Engineering. You can either go for a B.Tech or a dual degree (5 year Integrated B.Tech/M.Tech).

Step 3
Take M. Tech. in Mining Engineering

After completing the UG degree, you can pursue an M.Tech in Mining Engineering.

Step 4
Go for doctoral-level studies

After pursuing Master’s, you can go for a doctoral level degree if you are interested in direct PhD if your profile (including projects, research papers, and internships) and research proposal is excellent.

Mining Engineering Colleges

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Requirements for masters in mining engineering

Requirements for admission into a PG course in one of the top institutions to help you get an overall picture

Indian Institute (MTech in Mining engineering from IIT Kharagpur)

  • A bachelor's degree in Engineering/ Technology/ Architecture/ M.Sc or equivalent professional degrees with a minimum of 6.5 CGPA
  • Candidates can apply through GATE
  • Candidates who have completed their graduation from any IITs are eligible for direct admissions without GATE. They are required to score a CGPA of 8 or above in their undergraduate level course.

Foreign University ( MSc Mining engineering from University of Exeter)

  • A relevant Bachelor’s degree with a grade equivalent to a UK Upper Second-class honours (2:1).
  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5. Not less than 6.0 in any section.
  • TOEFL: Overall score of 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

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Skills Required

Analytical skills

Mining engineers should have good analytical skills. They have to critically analyse maps and other details and should also plan for the sustainable use of resources.

Decision making skills

Mining engineers will have to make many critical decisions regarding mine production, safety of workers, and many other issues like pollution and restoration of the land used for mining. They should have the ability for long term planning after considering every aspect.

Logical-thinking skills

Logical thinking is very important for mining engineers. They have to think in a very coherent and rational way. They should always have the ability to think critically and then take a decision.

Problem-solving skills

Mining engineers must explore, plan and design reclamation projects. They should be able to anticipate, identify and formulate immediate solutions to several problems in their work.

Writing skills

Mining engineers have to conduct research and provide the reports and recommendations to the other workers. They should be able to effectively communicate about the ideas and planned activities to others.

Team work

Mining engineers should have the ability to work in a team and should be able to manage and motivate people.


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Top Companies

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