Expert Column on Mining Engineering by Prof. Prabir Kumar Paul
Nancy Johri, 11 Oct 2014, #IIESTS
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As a part of its special feature series on Specialized Engineering Branches, Careers360 brings here Expert Column on Mining Engineering. Prof. Prabir Kumar Paul, who is Professor & Head (Department of Mining Engineering) at Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, shares his valuable insights on the scope of Mining Engineering and Role of Mining Engineers.


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Column by Prof. Prabir Kumar Paul

Mining Engineering is a unique and adventurous profession. It encompasses the geo sciences, engineering technologies of mining and also economics of operations. The opportunities in this field are infinite. A Mining Engineer can be managing highly mechanized underground or opencast mines, or planning & maintaining the systems and processes for safe operation of a mine or optimizing various economic parameters for sustainable mineral exploitation. He/she may also be involved in looking into different mineral dressing operations.


The Mining Industry has become technologically advanced, which has enhanced the productivity and also maximized safety and environmental protection. Mining Engineers today are required to have expertise in various fields. The institutes teaching Mining Engineering provide the required knowledge to create a Mining Engineer compatible to the industry. A person, who is interested in science and natural resources, loves to play with big machines and is good in solving problems, has a lot to do as a Mining Engineer.


Mining: A Growing Sector

In addition to domestic demand growth, the Indian Mining Industry is also likely to see accelerated growth in exports demand. To meet this increased requirement, the number of big mechanized mines with very high production has increased considerably. There is also a boost in the ancillary units, which provide the required inputs to this sector. This accelerated growth and increasing efforts in R&D and technological innovations has increased the potential of employment of Mining Engineers in diversified fields.


Job Opportunities for Mining Engineers

Employment opportunities for Mining Engineers are enormous. The infrastructure development in the mining sector will lead to further employment opportunities since the scope of mining is going to increase manifold.


There exits very big public sector companies like Coal India Ltd, Steel authority of India Ltd, Manganese ore India Limited, Singareni Collieries Company Ltd, and Uranium Corporation of India Ltd. etc. Simultaneously in the private sector, there are giant companies like Tata Steel, Vedanta, Jindal Steel and Power Limited, etc. With the allocation of coal blocks, many private companies have started their captive coal mines. In addition to these mining companies, there are number of explosive companies and mining machinery companies that provide employment to Mining Engineers.


Last but not the least, there are consulting companies which are providing consulting services to the mining companies. Indian companies have also started mining operations abroad. This includes companies like Tata, Jindal steel and power, Adani, GMR, etc.


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