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Some Careers You Can Really Dig... Like the Gulf Coast Region's Mining/Geological Engineering Jobs
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
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.
Engineering & Technology
Knowing practical applications of engineering sciences and applying them to the production of various technologies for consumption and services.
Techniques, tools, and principles of design involved in the production of technical plans, drawings, and models
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
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.
- The Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists is the licensing authority for geoscientists in Texas.
- The National Society of Professional Engineers provides information for professional engineer licensure.
- The Texas Board of Professional Engineers regulates and licenses professional engineering in Texas.
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
- Rice University
- Sam Houston State University
- Texas A&M University
- Texas Tech University
- University of Houston
- University of Texas
Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region
- Hess Corp
- Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
- Apache Corp
- Baker Hughes
- BHP Billiton Petroleum
- Citation Oil & Gas Corp
- Devon Energy
- El Paso Corporation
- EOG Resources
- Hilcorp Energy
- Marathon Oil Co.
- Newfield Exploration
- Noble Energy
- Saudi Aramco
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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.