A lot has changed since the nineteenth century when the forty-niners panned for gold in California. Mining and geological engineers now use satellite photography and variations in the earth’s magnetic field to find new deposits of minerals. They use machines that can remove 10.8 metric tons of coal per minute.
But it’s not just about the tools. Today’s mining pros are also finding ways to mine that are safer for both mine workers and the environment.
Mining and geological engineers help find deposits of coal, metals, and minerals. They also design mines and mining equipment for bringing these materials to the earth. And they solve safety and environmental problems related to mining.
Career opportunities in private industry include positions in mineral exploration companies, petroleum exploration and production companies, petroleum service companies, engineering consulting firms, water resource and environmental firms and paleontology resource management and mitigation firms. Our graduates are also employed by local, state, federal and tribal agencies. Opportunities for graduate degree recipients include positions with the companies and agencies mentioned above as well as in higher education, museums and research laboratories.