Mining engineering is basically an engineering discipline which involves the practice, the technology, the science, the theory, and the application of processing and extracting minerals from the naturally occurring environment. The mining engineering field provides a crucial link between the geo sciences and engineering technologies involved in mining and business end of global mining sector. The mining engineers generally team up with the geologists and various other such professionals in order to find ways of extracting vital and high value minerals from the ground/earth in the most sustainable and efficient ways possible in order to meet the ever increasing demands present in today’s resource hungry world.
A mining engineer ensures an efficient and safe development of the mines and other underground and surface operations. The role basically combines understanding of effects of the structures on the surrounding environment, management skills and technical knowledge. A mining engineer is usually involved in every single stage of the project. Before the new site starts getting developed, the mining engineer assess its’ viability and assists with planning of the mine’s structure. He/she also manages and oversees the mining production process and is involved in the closure, and rehabilitation process.