Mining Engineers, What Do They Do?

Below Are Some Examples Of What Mining Engineers Do

The Mine Plan, above, shows the design of a Open Pit, Heap Leach Gold Mine.  Note that it includes roads, storage structures for overburden (excess material that has no economic value), facilities, heap leach pad, and the open pit mine. A mine of this size typically employs 200-400 people in high paying jobs, and contributes hundreds of million dollars per year to the local economy.   
This photo shows a open pit mine, similar to the mine in the design plan.   
This topographic plan shows the various cross sections of the mine that are constructed for design, stability, to determine the ore body size/shape and how to most economically mine it, along with other analysis in the design of the mine.  Several cross sections are shown below.   

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