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    Mining engineers, metallurgists and related professionals conduct research, design and develop and maintain commercial- scale methods of extracting metals from their ores, or minerals, water, oil or gas from the earth and of developing new alloys, ceramic and other materials, or study and advise on technological aspects of particular materials, products or processes.

    Tasks include:

    (a) conducting research and advising on, designing and developing new or improved methods to deal with engineering aspects of mining and oil, gas or water extraction;

    (b) determining most suitable methods of efficient mining and extraction, types of machinery to be used, planning layout and directing construction of shafts and tunnels;

    (c) determining drilling site and devising methods of controlling the flow of water, oil or gas from wells;

    (d) planning and directing storage, initial treatment and transportation of water, oil or gas;

    (e) establishing safety standards and procedures and first-aid facilities, especially underground;

    (f) conducting research, developing methods of extracting metals from their ores and advising on their application;

    (g) investigating properties of metals and alloys, developing new alloys and advising on and supervising technical aspects of metal and alloy manufacture and processing;

    (h) studying and advising on technological aspects of particular materials or processes;

    (i) maintaining technical liaison and consultancy with other relevant specialists in particular with geologists and geophysicists;

    (j) preparing scientific papers and reports;

    (k) performing related tasks;

    (l) supervising other workers.

    Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Engineer, mining

  • Engineer, mining/coal

  • Engineer, mining/metal

  • Engineer, mining/petroleum and natural gas

  • Metallurgist, extractive

  • Technologist, extractive

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 Updated 10 August 2004, by VA.