Mineral engineers are inevitably the show stealers. Starting from soap and toothpaste to construction of phones, computers, glass, planes, trains, automobiles to making cooking utensils, they are needed in all these industries. From identification of mines and quarries to supervision and management of extraction operations and designing of ore and mineral processing plants, a well trained mineral engineer does it all.
Mineral Engineering courses are a blend of mathematics, physics, and chemistry apart from geology and various environmental sciences. On successful completion of the course, a student learns the trade of processing and extraction of minerals in an environment-friendly manner.
Some of the subjects taught as a part of the curriculum in most popular institutes include: Earth System Science, Global Energy Scenario & Energy Security of India, Engineering Mechanics, Mineralogy, Petrology & Stratigraphy, Particle Technology, Material Handling Systems, Coal Preparation, Fuel Technology, Elements of Material Engineering, Process Equipment Selection and lots more.
Core Subjects: -
The core subjects of mineral engineering are:
Basic Electrical Engineering
Fluid Mechanics & Hydraulic Machines
Mechanics of Solids
Database Management System
Engineering Economics & Costing
Energy Conversion Techniques
C++ & Object Oriented Programming
As to do graduation in this course, students need to have passed their 10+2 with science subject such as biology, maths and chemistry and for IIT students it is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E). Those who are interested in further higher studies can opt for masters and doctoral level programs.
After successful completion of the graduation in mineral l engineering students can work in various departments of the mining industry such as operations, sales, management and engineering. Engineers can also seek employment in government, private and public sectors.
Some job profiles are:
Mining safety engineers
Mine Safety and Health Specialist
Senior Mining Engineer
Short Term Mine Planner
Coal Preparation Plant Manager
Process Plant Maintenance Foreman
Extraction Maintenance Superintendent
Aurizon Mines Ltd
Alamos Gold Inc.
BCI Engineers & Scientists Inc.
Carter Stone & Company
Crystallex International Corporation
Eldorado Gold Corporation.