Mining Engineering: A Rewarding And Interesting Career
Mining engineering is a field that began thousands of years ago when Paleolithic humans mined hematite to produce the red pigment ochre. The ancient Romans were innovators in the field being the first to use water power, fire, thermal shocks and hydraulics in their copper mines.
Black powder explosives were first used in the early 1600s at the mines belonging to the Kingdom of Hungary in present-day Slovakia. The use of explosives made it easier to loosen rock and dirt to get at the ore vein.
With the Industrial Revolution of the mid 1700s came the use of improved explosives and steam power. The internal combustion engine brought about additional changes in the industry allowing machinery to do much of the back-breaking work originally done by miners.
In recent years, the main focus has been on the improvement of mine safety. Mine safety is one of the engineer`s main priorities.
Consultation with the engineer is necessary in virtually every stage of the mine operation from the geologist-aided discovery of minerals to the selection of the correct explosives and the construction of the actual mine. Engineers are involved in drilling core samples and determining the safest and most cost-effective way to retrieve the desirable minerals.
Some engineers are involved in the design and development of new equipment. Today`s engineers have begun to focus on developing equipment and techniques that are more environmentally friendly than those used in the past.
Engineers of all kinds need a strong background in maths and science. Typically, the first two years of study are the same for all engineer types. By the beginning of the third year, the student will have chosen a field of focus and classes related specifically to mining engineering will be on the schedule.
Geology, mine design, mine operation, environmental reclamation and metallurgy are among the specific subjects that will be studied. A bachelor`s degree is needed for all jobs. Research positions often require a doctorate or master`s degree. State certification may also be necessary for engineers who work in the public sector.
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.