The minerals and mining sector is a major contributor to the South African economy and provides employment for over 450 000 people. Production and safety risks in the mining industry can be minimised through well designed and efficient and effectively operated mines. This could also ensure optimal performance, production and utilization of resources and minimise operational challenges that could impact surrounding communities and the environment. Mine design and planning considers geological, engineering, physical, social and economic factors in designing and operating a mine.
Mine design and planning managers work alongside engineers, geologists, miners and other personnel that are needed in the planning and operation of a mine. They regularly evaluate mining production activities on site, returning to an office environment to develop reports and plans of action.
Mine design and planning managers need extensive experience in the design and planning of mines as well as a solid knowledge of mining operations and procedures, benefitting also from:
Control the operation of a plant and quality procedures
Evaluate efficiency of production sites to determine adequacy of procedures and processes
Establish and manage budgets, adjusting processes and resources to minimize costs
Confer with other managers to set and develop processes to achieve production quotas
B.Eng. in Mining Engineering at UP
B.Sc.Eng. in Mining Engineering at Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Geology specialising in Mining Geology at NMU, NWU, RU, SU, UCT, UFH, UFS, UJ, UKZN, UL, UP, UWC and Wits
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Mining Engineering at UNISA