Engineer – Mine Safety

Mine safety is a topic that receives wide publicity and media coverage especially when a mine collapses and miners become trapped or killed. In most cases a collapsed mine results in death for the miners. This is the primary reason why mine safety engineers must be extremely knowledgeable about state and federal rules and regulations regarding mine safety and they must complete safety inspections on a methodical and scheduled basis. Not only are mines at risk of underground explosions and collapsing walls but other safety problems can result from poor underground air quality and safety issues with the machinery used for mining. Several factors can cause safety emergencies inside of mines. Mining accidents are common and can be caused by the improper use of equipment or failure to wear the correct bodily protection. Flooding is also a common cause of mining emergencies. Mine safety engineers work to develop detection systems and warning systems to help avoid disastrous situations. The outlook for job growth in this profession is good because there has been an increase in worldwide demand for minerals that must be mined. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics mine safety engineers must graduate from bachelor’s degree program that has been accredited by “The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology” (“ABET”). The typical salary range for a mine safety engineer is between $45020 and d$122750 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $83885
High Salary: $122750
Low Salary: $45020
Tasks: Supervises the construction of mine shafts.
Complies with state and federal safety regulations.
Inspects mine walls and air quality.
Ensures that mining equipment is safe and functioning properly.
Also Called: Geological Engineer
Mine Survey Engineer
Mine Safety Supervisor
Mine Inspection Engineer
Additional Resources: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos027.htm
http://www.springer.com/engineering/production+eng/book/978-1-84996-114-1
http://www.careerplanner.com/Job-Descriptions/Mining-and-Geological-Engineers%2C-Including-Mining-Safety-Engineers.cfm