Chemist: a chemist may analyze the particles and makeup of minerals or other materials extracted. They may assist with separating and processing minerals. Chemists may also evaluate natural sources to prevent or check for possible contamination from minerals.
Geological engineer: a geological engineer designs mines to ensure the safe and efficient removal of minerals. They evaluate possible mine sites to search for mineral deposits. Once they identify deposits, geological engineers create plans for how to extract minerals and metals efficiently through methods that are safe for the environment.
Heavy equipment operator: a heavy equipment operator is responsible for operating various heavy equipment safely and efficiently in open pit and underground mines to support mining efforts. Heavy machine operators may use equipment like backhoes, draglines, excavators, graders, scrapers, and shovels in open-pit mines, and they may use locomotives, remote-controlled equipment, scoop trams, and water trucks in underground mines.
Mining supervisor: a mining supervisor oversees and coordinates activities related to quarrying and mining. This involves supervising overall organization, processes, schedules, and workers. Some mining supervisors choose to specialize in underground or surface mines, but they have similar responsibilities.
Environmental consultant: an environmental consultant uses their scientific knowledge, technical expertise, and understanding of regulatory requirements to assess environmental areas. They identify potential risks that may lead to fines or legal action to help promote public health and safety and ensure compliance with the law. Environmental consultants may gather their own data to interpret to evaluate potential mine or quarry sites as thoroughly as possible.
Driller: a driller operates drilling rigs and ensures they function properly, and they often work closely with blasters. Drillers create large blast holes to extract minerals. In addition to using drilling machines, they may also load the blast holes with explosives to dislodge materials like coal, ore and rock.
Mining electrician: a mining electrician installs and repairs electrical equipment for the mining site. This may include setting up electrical equipment underground to assist miners. Mining electricians often interpret blueprints and help ensure electrical systems operate safely.
Mine safety manager: a mine safety manager oversees the safe and efficient operations of mining-related activities. They ensure all mining professionals perform their jobs safely and complete their work within established timelines to manage operational costs. Mining safety managers often serve as leaders on mining or quarry sites, and they may develop and implement processes to improve best practices.
Project engineer: a project engineer prepares, pre-plans, and forecasts resources related to engineering and technical activities for mining projects. They may also assist with managing the performance of vendors and monitoring the finances of a project. Project engineers help ensure the team completes projects according to plan.
Geologist: a geologist may advise miners on geological aspects in pits, mines, and quarries. They may conduct surveys and to gather and interpret data to make recommendations for drilling and production. Geologists must follow all safety regulations, and they may work with other engineers and geologists.
Mine surveyor: a mine surveyor is responsible for surveying and mapping the tunnels in underground mines. However, they may also work on surface means. When surveying surface mines, mine surveyors attempt to determine the overall volume of materials mined.
Mining engineer: a mining engineer designs mines that allow for efficient and safe removal of minerals. Most of these engineers specialize in a specific mineral, such as gold or coal. Mining engineers strive to design and develop mines that allow them to pursue the best ways to extract the metals and minerals to maximize the extractions from the deposits.