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Mining Engineers are concerned with the efficient construction, equipment and operation of mines. They plan mine working, hoisting mechanisms, power supplies and systems for drainage, ventilation and lighting. They deal with the operation of extracting ores and other minerals from the earth and handling them to the point of delivery for processing.
Basic Educational Requirement
A Bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering is the minimum educational requirement. A license is given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), the body which conducts the licensure examinations given to professionals. Advanced studies may also be obtained in masteral and doctoral programs offered by some universities.
Skills and Competencies
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
Locally, mining engineers usually receive a starting salary of P20,000- P 25,000 while those working abroad get a monthly salary of P100,000 to P130,000.
A mining engineer may work for industrial corporations engaged in mining or for the petroleum industry. He may begin his career in the underground as a sampler, a geologist assistant or a surveyor. A mining engineer may also be of service to private mine owners or government bureaus. Those who gain experience and earn advanced degrees sometimes move to research and consulting jobs, appraising mines or mineral deposits for investors. College and university teaching is another career possibility.
Mines find greatest need for mining engineering graduates in areas of engineering, supervision or research. The heavy construction industry also has a need for mining technology, particularly in areas such as tunneling. Opportunities may also open up for mining engineers who can develop efficient ways to mine ores which cannot be profitably extracted with present techniques. The search for deposits of minerals and oil around the world may also create job openings.
Cost of Education *
The cost of a five-year bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering ranges from P 160,000 to P 200,000 depending on the school category you want to take up the course. There are only four universities here in the Philippines that offer a Bachelor's Degree in Mining Engineering and these are Adamson University (Manila); Mapua Institute of Technology (Manila), UP Diliman (Quezon City), and Saint Louis University (Baguio City).
* Based on tuition fee rates for school year 2007 - 2008
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