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Some Careers You Can Really Dig... Like the Gulf Coast Region's Mining/Geological Engineering Jobs

Region Rich in Mining/Geological Engineering Jobs  Mining and geological engineers are involved in finding, extracting and preparing coal, metallic ores, nonmetallic minerals, and building materials so they can be used by manufacturing and utility companies. Tose working in the Gulf Coast region primarily focus on searching for oil and natural gas. Mining and geological engineers are in short supply here and starting salaries are very high. While the demand for natural resources continues to grow, the number of new mining and geological engineering graduates has fallen, making it difficult to replace the current workforce that is retiring. Mining and geological engineers use pre-recorded data to design safe mining structures as well as develop efficient excavation procedures. While working on a team of engineers and geoscientists, most tend to work in the field at ground zero of the mining operation, while few work from consulting offices in more urban areas. Many of the mining and geological engineers who do work on site act as construction supervisors along with preparing the technical reports to guide miners to the deposits.

Mining and geological engineers are in short supply here and starting salaries are very high. While the demand for natural resources continues to grow, the number of new mining and geological engineering graduates has fallen, making it difficult to replace the current workforce that is retiring.


Mining and Geological Engineers Earn Top Wages

Mining and Geological Engineers Earn Top Wage



Is this career right for you?*

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as an industrial engineer. The numbers below describe the relative important of each knowledge/skill area to the occupation.

          92.2%

Engineering & Technology

Knowing practical applications of engineering sciences and applying them to the production of various technologies for consumption and services.

              80.6%

Design

Techniques, tools, and principles of design involved in the production of technical plans, drawings, and models

         80%

Judgement, Problem Solving and Decision Making

Evaluating the relative costs and benefits of actions and problems to determine the most appropriate plan of action.

*Source: Texas Career Check


Pathway to a Mining and Geological Engineering Career

High School Endorsement: STEM

Pathway to a Mining and Geological Engineering Career  Most mining and geological engineers have at least a bachelor's degree. Those that earn a master's degree are more marketable and they have more employment opportunities and options. Some of the more complex jobs require a graduate degree. Bachelor's degree programs in engineering typically last four years, although many students take between four and five years to complete them and earn their degree.  The first two years in a college engineering program are usually spent studying mathematics, basic sciences, introductory engineering, humanities, and social sciences. In the last two years, most courses are in the engineering specialty. Admission requirements for undergraduate engineering schools include a solid background in mathematics (algebra, geometry and calculus) and science (biology, chemistry and physics), with courses in English, social studies and humanities. Strive for good grades throughout high school and seek college preparatory and advanced placement programs. 

The basic requirement to become a mining and geological engineer is a bachelor's degree in an accredited engineering program, or a specific mining engineering program if available. Mining and geological engineers starting out will work under the supervision of experienced engineers or get seminar-styled training as they learn the ins and outs of the industry.

At entry level positions, licensure is not required to become a mining and geological engineer, though applying for a Professional Engineering (PE) license can boost chances of being promoted into a leadership position. In Texas, the Society for Mining Metallurgy and Exploration offers a Certified Mine Safety Professional certification for mine safety engineers specifically.


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Helpful Tech To Get Ahead

  • Analytic and Scientific Software: GEO-SLOPE Geo-Studio or Maptek Vulcan

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) Software: Autodesk AutoCAD, Carlson SurvCADD, or Promine

  • Project Management Software: Microsoft Project or Oracle Primavera Systems

Mining and Geological Engineering Programs

Mining and Geological Engineering ProgramsUniversities

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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