A career in mining engineering can enhance your life

Kaustov Kashyap
Contd from previous issue
Mining engineering also includes processing minerals of additional value. The syllabus for the course is divided into four semesters plus a list of electives. The duration of the course, generally, is two years but it depends as per the criteria of the different institutes. The course is important and career oriented in nature which opens a lot of opportunities for the candidates after its successful completion.
Career in Mining Engineering
Mining engineers design both open-pit and underground mines, supervise construction of mine structures, plan the transportation of minerals to processing plants, monitor production, and prepare reports. They assess the geological characteristics of mining sites and determine the structures, equipment and processes to be used at a particular operation.
These professionals also make sure that mine operations are conducted in envi- ronmentally sound ways. They may also apply their expertise to land reclamation, water and air pollu tion, and sustainability issues.
Mining Engineers design mines and will use engineering principles, techno- logy and scientific theory for the safe and effective extraction of natural resources from these mines. Mining Engineers plan, design and operate the mining processes, both underground and above ground. Mining Engineers will be responsible for th overseeing both mining operations and miners, and are employed by many mining- related organizations.
Mining Engineers will often work with Geologists and Metallurgical Engineers to find and evaluate new mineral deposits. Some Mining Engineers will be involved in the development of new equipment or direct mineral-processing operations to separate minerals from dirt, rock, and other material
Job Opportunities for Mining Engineers
There are various opportunities that a mining engineer will obtain, considering that many countries are focused on mining the resources in their geographical boundaries. Countries in the Middle East like Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait provide excellent job opportunities for job aspirants with good qualification. China is the largest gold producing country in the world, producing 403t (tons) of gold in 2012, an 11.7% increase in production over the previous year, and the job opportunities are only expanding. Australia is currently facing a lot of crisis with respect to finding work force related to mining. The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy is already planning recruitments in large numbers, from overseas and has allocated resources worth more than US$ 2 billion to bring in skilled migrants.
Salary after Mining Engineering :A fresher gets 3.5 to 4.6 lakh per annum in India. The salary gets increased with the experience.