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Career in Mining Engineering

Published On: 28 Jun 2012 | Last Updated On: 12 Jul 2013

Mining Engineering is a branch of engineering which deals with the techniques for extracting and processing minerals from natural surroundings. Extracting of minerals includes the metallic and non-metallic ores, solid fuels and energy sources etc. The main function of mining engineers is to put the knowledge of scientific theories, engineering fundamentals and developed technologies to discover and recover natural resources in a profitable and safe manner. India's rich and diversified natural resources is yet to be explored and properly exploited, therefore job opportunities are wide open for aspiring graduates in this field . Good communication skills, strong management skills, ability to work as a team and an understanding of business management are some of the prerequisites in this field.

Courses & Eligibility:

The following courses are offered in mining:

  • B.E. Mining Engineering
  • B.Tech. Mining Engineering
  • Diploma in Mining and Mine Surveying Engg.
  • M.E. Mining Engineering
  • M.Tech. Mining Engineering
  • P.G Research Programme on Materials Resource Engineering
  • Ph.D. Mining Engineering
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Mineral Engineering

The eligibility criteria for admissions in a Bachelor's programme is 10+2 in Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics as core subjects. The 2 year M.tech course can be pursued after successfully completing an Undergraduate course. Students are subjected to go through entrance exams like GATE for admissions in B.Tech & M.Tech courses. One can also opt for a 3 year diploma course after completing class X. In B.tech/ M.Tech one can specialize in subjects like rock mechanics, industrial management, computer applications, ventilation, design of engineering structures and other environmental aspects of mining.

Some of its specialized fields are: 
 
  • Ventilation
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Mine Planning
  • Materials Handling
  • Drilling and Blasting
  • Minerals Processing
  • Ore Reserve Analysis
  • Industrial Management
  • Mine Cost Engineering
  • Mine Health and Safety
  • Environmental Aspects of Mining
  • Design of Engineering Structures

Career Prospects:

This field promises total job satisfaction, high salary, compensations and a prosperous career. In India one can easily find jobs in public as well private sector with much ease. Public sector organizations like the Neyvelli Lignite Corporation, Coal India Ltd., Geological Survey of India, The Indian Bureau of Mines, IPCL etc. are the top recruiters of mining engineers. The National Institute of Rock Mechanics and Kolar Gold Fields (Kar) employ mining graduates/postgraduates in their projects .

Diploma-holders with a Mines Foreman's Certificate of competency from DGMS are recruited as Sr Operative Trainees. Companies like NALCO pay a decent stipend for the training period itself .Mining engineers are of great demand in countries like Dubai, UAE, Kuwait etc. Engineers with excellent academic skill can opt for teaching and research.

Some job profiles: 
 
  • Lecturer
  • Senior Mining Engineer
  • Short Term Mine Planner
  • Mining safety engineers
  • Coal Preparation Plant Manager
  • Mine Safety and Health Specialist
  • Process Plant Maintenance Foreman
  • Extraction Maintenance Superintendent

Remuneration:

A fresh graduate is offered a starting salary of Rs. 20000-25000 per month. Professionals with higher qualification and experience are bound to receive more salary and other facilities.

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