South Africa is rich in a variety of minerals and materials with reserves of diamonds, gold, iron ore, platinum, manganese, chromium, copper amongst others, which are accessed through complex underground mining extraction processes. The stability of rocks during and after excavations is a key risk factor for the biophysical environment, surrounding communities and the health and safety of workers. By understanding the properties of rock, the design of safe and stable excavations in mining is made possible.
Rock engineering managers liaise with geologists, geophysicists, mine planners, mining engineers and other professionals to determine the best means to extract materials. They predominately work on mine sites, returning to an office to evaluate and strategise excavation processes.
Rock engineering managers need an understanding of rock mechanics and the forces that shape them and experience in effective mineral extraction techniques, coupled with:
Evaluate and plan extraction sites, establishing budgets, production quotas and other requirements
Control the operation of plant and quality procedures
Oversee the acquisition and installation of new plant and equipment
Oversee the selection, training and performance of personnel
B.Sc.Eng. in Mining Engineering at Wits
B.Eng. in Mining Engineering at UP
Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Mine Engineering at UNISA
Rock engineering managers can also benefit from a Chamber of Mines Rock Mechanics Certificate offered by UNISA, accredited by the South African National Institute for Rock Engineering.
Mine equipment manufacturers.