South Africa’s mining industry makes a significant contribution of around 8.2% to the national economy through extraction, processing and export of, amongst others manganese, platinum, gold, diamonds and chromite ore. Extraction of materials and minerals is costly, dangerous, particularly in the case of underground mining and blasting and impacts the environment and land use. Mine engineering supports efficient and safe systems and processes of mineral extraction to minimise environmental and social risk.
Mining engineers consult with geologists, geophysicists, economists and other professionals when evaluating and planning mines and mining operations. They work between an office environment and visiting mine sites to assess the effectiveness of designs and operations.
Mining engineers require a strong and practical understanding of the application of mine engineering principles, engineering modelling and design, coupled with:
Examine deposits or mines to evaluate profitability and risk
Develop mine designs and systems needed for extraction
Design and implement suitable methods and equipment for extraction
Establish operation safety standards and procedures
B.Sc.Eng. in Mining Engineering at Wits
B.Eng. in Mining Engineering at UP
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Mine Engineering at UNISA
National, provincial and local government.
Mine equipment manufacturers.