CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Conduct sub-surface 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. Inspect mining areas for unsafe structures, equipment, and working conditions.
 
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.
 
Examine maps, deposits, drilling locations, or mines to determine the location, size, accessibility, contents, value, and potential profitability of mineral, oil, and gas deposits.
 
Prepare schedules, reports, and estimates of the costs involved in developing and operating mines.
 
Monitor mine production rates to assess operational effectiveness.
 
Design, implement, and monitor the development of mines, facilities, systems, or equipment.
 
Select or develop mineral location, extraction, and production methods, based on factors such as safety, cost, and deposit characteristics.
 
Prepare technical reports for use by mining, engineering, and management personnel.
 
Implement and coordinate mine safety programs, including the design and maintenance of protective and rescue equipment and safety devices.
 
Test air to detect toxic gases and recommend measures to remove them, such as installation of ventilation shafts.
 
Design, develop, and implement computer applications for use in mining operations such as mine design, modeling, or mapping or for monitoring mine conditions.
 
Select or devise materials-handling methods and equipment to transport ore, waste materials, and mineral products efficiently and economically.
 
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.
 
Lay out, direct, and supervise mine construction operations, such as the construction of shafts and tunnels.
 
Evaluate data to develop new mining products, equipment, or processes.
 
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.
 
Supervise, train, and evaluate technicians, technologists, survey personnel, engineers, scientists or other mine personnel.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Building and Construction Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
 
Physics Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Programming Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
 
Carlson SurvCADD Computer aided design CAD software
 
GEO-SLOPE GeoStudio Analytical or scientific software
 
Gemcom PCBC Analytical or scientific software
 
Gemcom Surpac Analytical or scientific software
 
Gemcom Whittle Analytical or scientific software
 
GijimaAst Mining Solutions International Mine2-4D Data base user interface and query software
 
Hellman & Schofield MP3 Analytical or scientific software
 
Maptek Vulcan Analytical or scientific software
 
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
 
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
 
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
 
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
 
Microsoft Project Project management software
 
Microsoft Word Word processing software
 
Mincom MineScape Data base user interface and query software
 
Minemax iGantt Data base user interface and query software
 
Mintec MineSight software Analytical or scientific software
 
Modular Mining Systems DISPATCH software Analytical or scientific software
 
Ohio Automation Integrated Computer Aided Mine Planning System ICAMPS Analytical or scientific software
 
Overland Conveyor Belt Analyst Analytical or scientific software
 
Primavera Systems software Project management software
 
Promine Computer aided design CAD software
 
Runge XERAS software Financial analysis software
 
Runge XPAC software Analytical or scientific software
 
Schlumberger PIPESIM Analytical or scientific software
 
Statistical software Analytical or scientific software
 
Trimble Geomatics Office Analytical or scientific software
 
Ventsim Analytical or scientific software
 
Calculators Calculators or accessories
 
Clinometers Clinometers
 
Color plotting printers Plotter printers
 
Combustible gas detectors Gas detectors
 
Computer scanners Scanners
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital plotters Plotter printers
 
Directional compasses Geological compasses
 
Geological hammers Hammers
 
Global positioning system GPS devices Global positioning system receivers
 
Laptop computers Notebook computers
 
Measuring tapes Tape measures
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Stratum compasses Geological compasses
 
Universal serial bus USB flash drives High capacity removable media drives
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Civil Engineer
Design Engineer
Engineer
Engineering Manager
Exploration Engineer
Exploration Geologist
Geological Engineer
Geologist
Geophysical Engineer
Mine Analyst
Mine Development Engineer
Mine Engineer
Mine Engineering Manager
Mine Engineering Superintendent
Mine Engineering Supervisor
Mine Environmental Engineer
Mine Equipment Design Engineer
Mine Expert
Mine Exploration Engineer
Mine Inspector
Mine Manager
Mine Production Engineer
Mine Safety Director
Mine Safety Engineer
Mine Safety Manager
Mineral Engineer
Mining Consultant
Mining Engineer
Mining and Oil Field Equipment Design Engineer
Mining and Oil Field Equipment Test Engineer
Mining and Oil Well Equipment Research Engineer
Ore Dressing Engineer
Planning Engineer
Project Engineer
Safety Analyst
Safety Director
Safety Engineer
Safety Inspector
Safety Representative
Safety Supervisor
Seismic Engineer
Surveyor
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Engineering/Scientific
Job Family: Engineering
Benchmark Title: Mining Engineers, Including Mine Safety
 
 
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