Mining engineering is a division of engineering which studies the techniques for extracting minerals from natural environment that involves the energy sources, non-metallic and metallic ores and solid fuels. The mining technique involves blasting, production, processing, drilling, marketing, extraction and development. Apart from these techniques the main task of mining engineers is to check that the project on which they are working is environmentally safe and not destroying the natural environment. Mining engineers must have the knowledge about the underground and opencast coal or ore mining. This field of work has a lot of job prospects as India is the land of natural resources.
List of Courses: –
- Diploma in Mining Engineering
- Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering
- Master of Engineering in Mining Engineering
- Master of Technology in Mining Engineering
- Master of Technology in Open Cast Mining
- Master of Technology in Mining Machinery Engineering
- Master of Philosophy in Mining Engineering
- Master of Philosophy in Open Cast Mining
For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school certificate (10+2) examination with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry. For IITs, It is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E). The duration for the course is 4 years.
The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are holding a bachelor’s degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for the course is 2 years.
Some of its specialized fields are: –
- 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
Mining engineering is among the most lucrative career options and growth opportunities in India. Graduates after completion of their course in this field can seek employment in various departments of the mining industry such as operations, sales, management and engineering. Mines & Minerals Development Corporation and Mining Department of Union and State Government are constantly in need of experienced mining engineers. The width of subjects covered in the mining curriculum provides additional opportunities in allied fields.
Individual can also work as consulting engineer, rock engineering, mining manager and mine designer. Mining engineers can also choose to work with geologists in order to explore and assess new ore deposits or conduct research to create new and effective mining procedures and techniques. Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges. Private sector firms, as well as state and central organizations, rely on the services of mining engineers. In addition, one can get job in government sector concerned with mines.
Some job profiles: –
- 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
The remuneration of a professional mainly depends on the factors such as the company, job profile, qualification, skills and work experience. Students holding a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering can expect income around Rs. 20, 000 to Rs. 25,000 every month in the beginning stage. A person with higher qualification degree or 2-3 years of experience can expect higher salary. Graduate trainees from reputed colleges get higher salary as compared to other engineering colleges.