Careers in Engineering

Engineering is considered one of the core professions within the resources and manufacturing industries.  There are many different fields in which to specialise, and job roles include but are not limited to:
  • Mechanical Engineers;
  • Electrical Engineers;
  • Chemical Engineers;
  • Civil Engineers;
  • Mining Engineers; and
  • Reliability Engineers.
Traditionally, most managers in the mining industry – right up to Chief Executive Officers – started their careers as Engineers (including Alcoa’s current Managing Director Alan Cransberg).
Part of the role of a Mining Engineer is to determine how to recover minerals from an ore body.  They use computers to plan the layout of the mine and the sequence of mining operations.  They select the equipment to be used and supervise the mine’s daily operations.
Electrical Engineers are involved in the supply and use of electricity on a mine, refinery, or smelter. They design and supervise the installation of electrical systems and power stations and the maintenance of all electrical equipment.
Chemical Engineers work in the research and development area, analyse ore samples, manage on-site laboratories, and support exploration and mining operations.
Civil Engineers plan and supervise the construction of roads, dams and buildings on site.  They work closely with other Engineers and Environmental Scientists.
Mechanical Engineers are involved in equipment maintenance, the design of new processing plants and ensuring equipment is used in the most safe and efficient way.
An engineering degree usually requires at least four years of study at university.

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