Career Opportunities

The career of a mining engineer can either be locally or internationally based, working for any one of a large number of companies. In South Africa, the mining industry is one of the largest industries in the country and certainly one of the most important. More than 60 different minerals are produced from over 1000 mines and quarries. This amounts to one eighth of the gross national product.

On the one hand it provides raw materials to a variety of domestic industries and on the other hand, large amounts of metals and minerals are exported to earn foreign exchange. At present, there is a serious shortage of well-trained mining engineers. Unlimited opportunities exist for progress to challenging and responsible positions are all levels in the industry, whether as mining manager, mining engineer manager, mine climate or strata control engineer, mine designer or consulting engineer. Mining engineers are remunerated exceptionally generously for their services and the mining companies also offer excellent fringe benefits.

Mining engineers, employed both here in South and Southern Africa, and overseas - usually after several years of industrial experience locally - are a highly sought-after commodity. With the internationally accredited Engineering degree offered by the Department, many graduates choose to further their careers overseas.

Typical Employers:

  • Mining Houses: Anglo American, De Beers, Gold Fields, Sasol, Kumba Resources, BHP Billiton, Sibanya Stillwater, Harmony, Exxaro, etc.
  • Department of Minerals Resources
  • Research Institutions: Mintek, CSIR
  • Mining-related Industries: Explosive manufacturers, suppliers of mining equipment
  • Consulting mining engineering firms
  • Financial institutions
  • Construction and contractor companies
Published by Marietha Hicks

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